American Indie – Documentary
THE UPSIDE DOWN BOOK, Matthew White
U.S., Germany, France / 2013 / 51 min / BluRay / English
Imagine a book that is so toxic that rigorous hand-washing is required after coming into contact with it. This book in question is a 1938 copy of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's political manifesto. Karen and Fred Mandell of Boston, parents of filmmaker Hinda Mandell, have displayed this book upside down on their bookshelf for decades. Fred Mandell's uncle – a Jewish-American soldier – brought home the book from Germany at the end of World War II. With a bare-bones inscription on the inside cover, the filmmakers – spearheaded by director Matthew White – investigate the power of family lore as they track down the original owners of the Mein Kampf. "The Upside Down Book" seeks to build bridges between two different families nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
Screenplay: Hinda Mandell / Producers: Hinda Mandell / Cinematographer: Matthew White / Editor: Matthew White / Composer: Matthew White / Art Director: Matthew White / Contact: Hinda Mandell (413-652-5222) firstname.lastname@example.org http://theupsidedownbook.net https://twitter.com/UpsideDownDoc https://www.facebook.com/TheUpsideDownBook
THE DIRECTOR: Founder of 4th Coast Productions, Mathew is the director, photographer and editor of “The Upside Down Book”, “Fort Drum: The First 100 Years”, “Little Ditch: The Black River Canal”, “Coming Home Alive” and “The Quest of Carmen D’Avino”. “Coming Home Alive” won best human-interest documentary at the New York Int’l Independent Film Festival in 2006. White has photographed and edited thousands of TV news stories. His news footage has appeared on CNN, ESPN and the Weather Channel. White is also an avid still photographer, with photos published in USA Today, LA Times, (New Jersey) Star-Ledger and the Jewish Daily Forward.
Sunshine Celluloid – Documentary
SIMON SAYS, David Lyons
Germany, Poland and U.S.A. / 2012 / 44 min / BluRay / English
Holocaust survivor Simon Lewenberg, a spry gentle man at 88, has a story to tell. He will make you laugh and cry and wonder how he is so kind after all the pain and horror he's seen. SIMON SAYS chronicles the Sunrise Florida resident's tragic journey to hell and back, a tale of tears and triumph. As a young man during World War II, he survived several Nazi labor camps and concentration camps from 1940 to 1945. His family - parents, two brothers and almost 100 aunts, uncles and cousins - all perished. Liberated by British soldiers in May 1945, he fell to the ground to kiss their boots. When they protested and pulled him to his feet, he kissed the chains on the tank.
Producers: David Lyons and Andrew Bishop / Cinematographer: Travis Shortt and Charles McCraken / Editor: Casey Cooper Johnson / Composer: All Songs Written and Performed by Kevin MacLeod www.incompetech.com / Featuring: Simon Lewenberg / Contact: David Lyons 407-346-1241 www.simonsaysproject.com
THE DIRECTOR: David Lyons, is a multi-award winning producer/director/filmmaker garnering 4 Aurora Awards, 4 Platinum EMPixx awards, 3 Tellys and a Remi amongst others. David is an experienced creator, writer and executive producer of original television and film projects. Alongside his business partner, award winning producer Andrew Bishop, they co-founded Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, and have partnered with some of entertainment's top executives & producers and are in a first look and production deal with ITV STUDIOS AMERICA.
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.