Michael C. Donaldson serves as executive producer on One Bright Shining Moment, the new documentary about George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, directed, produced and written by Stephen Vittoria. The film includes such McGovern supporters as Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Dick Gregory, Gary Hart, Howard Zinn and Ron Kovic, among others. The film poses this central thought: the ultimate political defeat of the American Century may also be its high watermark. Released through First Run Features, One Bright Shining Moment opens September 16.
Jana Germano received an MFA in film and electronic media from American University's School of Communications. janajanagermano.com.
Partisans of Vilna, produced and written by Aviva Kempner and directed and edited by Josh Waletzky, was released through Docurama last spring as a special 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition. Partisans of Vilna was the first documentary to chronicle the amazing endeavors of the men and women of the Jewish resistance during World War II. With songs, newsreels, archival footage and interviews with over 40 Holocaust survivors, the film, documents the Jewish resistance in Vilna, today the capital of Lithuania. The new DVD includes a bonus CD: the Grammy-nominated Partisans of Vilna: The Songs of WWII Jewish Resistance, complete with songbook in both English and Yiddish (executive produced by Kempner and co-produced, with Henry Sapoznik, by Waletsky); an elaborate study guide complete with historical background, glossary, bibliography and questions for discussions (co-edited, with Sara Brzowsky, by Kempner, and written by Isaiah Kuperstein); filmmaker commentaries from Waletsky and Kempner; a photo gallery; a producer's statement; and biographies of the award-winning filmmakers.
Jay Rosenblatt's newest film, Phantom Limb, received the Best Documentary Award at the Belgrade International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at the Florida Film Festival and the Onda Curta Short Film Award at IndieLisboa in Portugal. It was in the Silver Wolf Competition at IDFA and has also screened at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, Tampere Film Festival in Finland, Visions du Reel in Switzerland, Tribeca Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Festival and Silverdocs. His previous film, I Used To Be A Filmmaker, will be broadcast along with Hubert Davis' Hardwood on P.O.V. on August 16.
Nina Gilden Seavey's new documentary, The Open Road: American Looks at Aging, aired on PBS in July and was released on DVD, also in July, through First Run Features. The film examines the impending retirement of America's 77 million baby boomers and the staggering effect it will have on American society. Through insightful stories, the film probes the important social, economic and cultural issues at stake. The Open Road is a key part of a nationwide dialogue that will be coupled with an intensive grassroots outreach effort that includes town meetings, locally sponsored discussion groups, articles on retirement authored by veteran journalists and the creation of a model communications program.
Who are you if you can't remember who you are? Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer's Story, which is being distributed by Women Make Movies, recently nominated for an Emmy Award in the Northwest region, explores how memories define us and how Alzheimer's disease can indiscriminately steal one's identity and family history. Ann Hedreen's personal investigation into her mother's battle with Alzheimer's combines a moving family journey with an insightful look at the science and politics of Alzheimer's, a disease that now affects more than 18 million people worldwide.