About this project
Albert Einstein: A Revolutionary is a project of Exemplary Films, a not for profit. All contributions are tax deductible.
A new documentary to lift the heart of Albert Einstein fans everywhere is in production and needs you to get involved. The film tells the nearly forgotten story of Einstein, the great scientist, who was also a great man. Not an “absent minded genius”, but a tireless social and political activist and humanitarian, he was a rescuer of Jews from Nazi Germany, an early fighter for civil rights and nuclear arms control, and supporter of Israel as the Jewish refuge and homeland.
Science was central to his life and very being from boyhood on. Yet the injustices and inequalities he saw in the world constantly moved him to speak out and take action. A keen, witty observer; militarism; nationalism; prejudice and small mindedness were among the many issues he wrote about and spoke out against in his appearances and voluminous correspondence.
It was his outspokenness that made him a target of F.B.I. Director, J. Edgar Hoover. In flight from the Nazi death machine, he arrived in the USA from Germany in 1933 to accept a post at the new Institute for Advanced Research, in Princeton. Hoover then opened a secret “Einstein File”, with which he aimed to prove that Einstein was an “undesirable alien” and a danger to America. The goal was to strip Einstein of his American citizenship and deport him. Hoover’s agents kept up the spying until Einstein’s death in 1955.
The documentary now in production, Albert Einstein: A Revolutionary, will reveal to a wide viewing audience, on television, in theaters, and via circulation in school, university and public libraries, the eloquent, engaged and influential activist who was Albert Einstein.
Risks and challenges
Challenges include scheduling and conducting half a dozen more interviews with various Albert Einstein experts in Germany, Israel and the U.S. Further research is needed to locate and select all the quotes that will comprise the major part of the narration. Translation from the German may be necessary. Obtaining the rights to quote Albert Einstein at length will involve financial negotiations with the entity which holds those rights. Both negotiations and rights fees could be costly. Raising editing and finishing funds could be a challenge and might delay the projected finish date by as much as a year. I have successfully completed a complex documentary in the past. First Run Features, distributor of Into the Fire:American Women in the Spanish Civil War,has committed to distribute Albert Einstein: A Revolutionary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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