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A renowned artist with a terminal condition, faces his own mortality, and reveals how he managed to only paint the beauty in life. Read more

Boston, MA Documentary
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A renowned artist with a terminal condition, faces his own mortality, and reveals how he managed to only paint the beauty in life.

Boston, MA Documentary
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About this project

It is often eluded that every modern generation takes for granted the wisdom of its elders. Yet the importance of this issue didn’t hit home until we met 90 year old impressionist painter, Harry Somers. 

For the first time in his life, Harry would talk about growing up in Zweibruecken, Germany, in the shadows of the Nazi Socialist Party, barely escaping to Australia, and losing almost every relative to the death camps of the Holocaust.

More than anything, Harry would give his two cents about the beauty of life, hope, death, survival, forgiveness, coming to terms with his own mortality and about the best frankfurter he ever had in his life.

Though diagnosed with a terminal condition, his memory is remarkable and clear. He speaks with such eloquence and historical detail. He holds no hatred or regrets. 

Produced by Sandri Valente, Directed by Erik Angra

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We have set up rewards for our backers, we hope you will find something that appeals to you in some way that we can reward you for your generosity toward this project. 

Below are examples of Harry's art. 

You can find more at www.hsomers.com

Risks and challenges

Our project is very time-senstitive. Harry's health is fragile and we'd like to be able to show him significant progress on the assembly of the final film as quickly as possible.

We are working hard with several professional artists (who have already donated countless hours) to make this film as beautiful and textured as Harry's paintings.

All funds (after fees and reward fulfillment) will go directly toward post-production as we estimate we have already amassed over 80% of our actual footage, the highlight of which are many interviews and vignettes of our subject, Harry, along with other holocaust survivors.

Using 3-D layering and animation, we will take you though Harry's paintings into his childhood.

By donating to this project, you are helping to employ some very talented and generous artists.

If you have any questions for the filmmakers, please do message us! We're so grateful for your interest and we hope you will take this opportunity to get involved with this project!

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    A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film.

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    The Backer: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, plus a high-resolution desktop wallpaper of one of three H. Somers' paintings.

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    The Digital Backer: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film and a special, pre-release digital copy of the film.

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    The Digipack: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a high-resolution desktop wallpaper of one of three H. Somers' paintings, plus a special, pre-release digital copy of the film.

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    The Digital Plus Package: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a limited-edition screensaver featuring digital still images from the film and works by the artist, plus a special, pre-release digital copy of the film.

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    The Bostonian: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release digital copy of the film, and admission for one to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    The Art Collector: a thank you on our website & in the credits of the film plus an individually numbered postcard of an H. Somers Print (choose from one of 4 designs) with a note from our filmmakers, Erik Angra & Sandri Valente, plus a special, pre-release digital copy of the film.

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    The Creator: a thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release digital copy of the film, plus an H. Somers Film commemorative palette knife.

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    The Movie Buff: a thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release digital copy of the film, plus admission for two to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    The Art Curator:
    A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release digital copy of the film, plus a 5” x 7” individually numbered print of your choice of one of four H. Somers paintings with a written message from our filmmakers.

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    The DVD Backer: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release DVD copy of the film personalized to you and signed by the filmmakers, plus admission for two to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    The Wearable Canvas: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, a special, pre-release DVD copy of the film personalized and signed by the filmmakers, plus a tote bag featuring one of four prints of an H. Somers painting OR a film poster individually numbered and signed by the filmmakers and admission for two to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    The Ultimate Art Patron: A thank you on our website & in the credits of the film, pre-release DVD copy of the film personalized and signed by the filmmakers, a written message from our filmmakers, and admission for four to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    Say Cheese: A phone consultation followed by a one-hour photography session shot by Erik Angra, using his personal collection of antique lenses, at the location of your choice in the Boston area. Bookings available starting in 2013. Final product to include at least 10 hi-res digital images plus a pre-release DVD copy of the film personalized and signed by the filmmakers and admission for two to an exclusive Boston area screening including Q&A with the filmmakers.

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