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The true story of a young Jewish boy's escape from Russian bounty hunters looking to forcibly recruit him into the army.
The true story of a young Jewish boy's escape from Russian bounty hunters looking to forcibly recruit him into the army.
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The Pale of Settlement is Jacob Sillman's NYU Senior Thesis Film. To see more visit the website at www.paleofsettlement.com

OUR SPONSORS:

The National Center for Jewish Film: 

The film is fiscally sponsored by the National Center for Jewish Film. You can check out the profile on their website here - http://www.jewishfilm.org/fiscal_sponsorship_paleofsettlement.htm.

     Donations to the Pale of Settlement are Tax-Deductible.

Arri CSC: 

The international camera company Arri CSC is donating an Arricam Studio Rig for the shoot, allowing us to make the Pale of Settlement in 35mm.

Conway Scenic Railroad and Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts:

The Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts are allowing us to film the Conway Scenic Railroad's Steam Locomotive for the ending of the movie. To check out the steam train visit the link below:

http://www.conwayscenic.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.steam7470photos

Check out the Trailer for the Film!

The story  

   "The Pale of Settlement" a 16 minute action packed, biographical, dramatic, foreign language, period piece telling the true story of how my great grandfather survived the brutalities of the Russian Empire during its demise in World War 1".

        My great grandfather was always missing his right ring finger and I had heard from my mother after he died about how he lost it. She told me what is now the script for the Pale of Settlement. 

         In 1827, Tsar Nicholas I passed the Statute of Conscription requiring Jewish communities to gather a yearly quota of recruits. These recruits were legally allowed to be anywhere between 12 and 25 years old and served a 25 year period of service. In practice, the Kahals, Jewish Community Councils of Elders, targeted underage children from peasant families to fill the quota. Most of these children died on their way to Siberian training camps or on the front lines. If they survived their 25 year sentence, these little boys would almost never see their families again.

             My great grandfather was one of these targeted children and because his neighbor was kind enough to hide him in her home, he escaped the kidnappers, sent by the Kahal to collect him.

I am here today because of the sacrifice that woman made for my great grandfather. And it is in her memory that I am making this film.

Production:

       The film will go into production in March of 2012 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which we're shooting as the Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine. You can check out photos of the 19th century log cabin we're shooting at on our website:

We GREATLY APPRECIATE your support for our vision! And we want you to know our plan for the film.

Fund Use:

         The majority of the funds raised here will go towards:

-Hiring a horse wrangler and paying for his horses and travel for the horses. 

-Transportation, Food, and housing for the crew during the shoot.

-Materials for the costumes and 19th century props. 

-Special Effects Makeup for the Woman's Execution and the loss of the boy's finger.

-Heat warmers, Hats, Generators, and other supplies to keep the crew warm during the shoot.

and most important:

-Festival Distribution Fees

What are we doing after the film is made?

Festivals and in the end a Feature Film:

The film will be submitted to multiple festivals including Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, the New York Jewish Film Festival, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Boston Jewish Film Festival, The National Center for Jewish Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival among many others. 

Through these festivals we are going to generate buzz for the film, try to pick up a few awards along the way, and impress Producers, and Studios with our story and the potential for a feature version.

Key Production team members include:

Cinematographer - Igor Kropotov

Igor Kropotov is a professional cinematographer who has shot scores of short films, fashion commercials, and documentaries. Igor recently filmed an interview with Dick Cheney for a documentary he's working on. Igor's work can be found on his website - http://www.igorkropotov.com/

Producer - Adi Gupta

Adi Gupta has already produced a feature film, Kshay, shot entirely in India, before he's even graduated Film School. Adi's Production company can be found here - http://conjurearts.com/

Producer - James S Kim

James is a Senior at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently studying Film and Television Production. 

Director - Jacob Sillman

Jacob is an undergraduate student at NYU's Kanbar School of Film and Television Production. The Pale of Settlement is Jacob's NYU Senior Thesis Film. Jacob has an extensive background in cinematography before he shifted his attention back to directing. Jacob started the production company Whiteboard Pictures with two other directors, Jonathan Yaniv and Alexander Holm, in 2011. 

You can visit Whiteboard Pictures here - www.whiteboardpictures.com

Composer - Daniel Cicourel Hanley

Daniel made the score for the video above. We will be using an all orchestral ensemble for the score of the film. 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LOOK AT OUR PROJECT!

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