Inaugural shoot

Thursday, August 17, 2017

  Survivor Victor Farkas, Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Coordinating Producer Geri Levine, Director Jerry Levine and Director of Photography Andy Cope - just before initiating field production in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.

Survivor Victor Farkas, Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Coordinating Producer Geri Levine, Director Jerry Levine and Director of Photography Andy Cope - just before initiating field production in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.

  Multiple camera setup prior to rolling on Mr. Farkas' interview about  the University of Miami, George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, Holocaust Survivors Student Internship Program.

Multiple camera setup prior to rolling on Mr. Farkas' interview about the University of Miami, George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, Holocaust Survivors Student Internship Program.

  Geri slating the 3-camera scene with Survivor Victor Farkas just before his interview.

Geri slating the 3-camera scene with Survivor Victor Farkas just before his interview.

  Holocaust Survivor and UM Holocaust Internship participant Victor Farkas.

Holocaust Survivor and UM Holocaust Internship participant Victor Farkas.

  Framing Dr. Hersh's interview.

Framing Dr. Hersh's interview.

  Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy S. Hersh, being interviewed about her role as the former Director of Academic Enrichment for the  University of Miami, George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, Holocaust Survivors Student Internship Program.

Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy S. Hersh, being interviewed about her role as the former Director of Academic Enrichment for the University of Miami, George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, Holocaust Survivors Student Internship Program.

  UM Holocaust Internship participant Edith Akerman.

UM Holocaust Internship participant Edith Akerman.

  Edith Akerman (age 97) being interviewed in her Aventura residence.

Edith Akerman (age 97) being interviewed in her Aventura residence.

  UM Graduate Student Jasper Lee tells Jerry about his emotional internship experiences with Edith Akerman.

UM Graduate Student Jasper Lee tells Jerry about his emotional internship experiences with Edith Akerman.

 Mrs. Akerman was paired with more interns than any survivor participating in the UM Holocaust Internship.

Mrs. Akerman was paired with more interns than any survivor participating in the UM Holocaust Internship.

 Edith Akerman and Jasper Lee reminiscing again - they were paired for the UM Holocaust Internship in 2014.

Edith Akerman and Jasper Lee reminiscing again - they were paired for the UM Holocaust Internship in 2014.

 Kibbitzing during portrait photography after the shoot.

Kibbitzing during portrait photography after the shoot.

 Cinematographer Michael Behar with crew after filming - thanks for the great behind-the-scenes pics Asher!

Cinematographer Michael Behar with crew after filming - thanks for the great behind-the-scenes pics Asher!

Shoot 2

Monday, August 28, 2017

 Survivor Fred Mulbauer interviewed by Jerry Levine with Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh listening and posing additional questions.

Survivor Fred Mulbauer interviewed by Jerry Levine with Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh listening and posing additional questions.

 Survivor Fred Mulbauer was interviewed at his Bal Harbour residence.

Survivor Fred Mulbauer was interviewed at his Bal Harbour residence.

 Camera Operator Steven Weiss fielding questions from Fred before the shoot.

Camera Operator Steven Weiss fielding questions from Fred before the shoot.

 Steve composing and lighting UM Graduate Jackie Arvedon's video frame.

Steve composing and lighting UM Graduate Jackie Arvedon's video frame.

 Jackie was Fred's intern during the last academic year of the program, 2015-2016.

Jackie was Fred's intern during the last academic year of the program, 2015-2016.

 Survivor Fred Mulbauer, Elaine Brown and Mindy Hersh "on set" during Jackie's interview.

Survivor Fred Mulbauer, Elaine Brown and Mindy Hersh "on set" during Jackie's interview.

 UM Graduate Student Jasper Lee and colleagues at the UM Miller School of Medicine's Behavioral Medicine Research Center.

UM Graduate Student Jasper Lee and colleagues at the UM Miller School of Medicine's Behavioral Medicine Research Center.

 Shooting B-Roll of Jasper on the medical campus at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Shooting B-Roll of Jasper on the medical campus at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Shoot 3

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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 Executive Producer Helen Chaset slates Dr. Shaked's interview.

Executive Producer Helen Chaset slates Dr. Shaked's interview.

 University of Miami Professor Haim Shaked, Director of The Sue & Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

University of Miami Professor Haim Shaked, Director of The Sue & Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

 Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Camera Operator Michael Behar, Professor Haim Shaked.

Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Camera Operator Michael Behar, Professor Haim Shaked.

 Professor Shaked recalling the groundbreaking genesis of the Holocaust Internship at UM more than a decade ago.

Professor Shaked recalling the groundbreaking genesis of the Holocaust Internship at UM more than a decade ago.

 Jerry's reaction reflecting the dramatic nature of Dr. Shaked's comments about the Holocaust.

Jerry's reaction reflecting the dramatic nature of Dr. Shaked's comments about the Holocaust.

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 Professor Shaked, Jerry,  My Survivor  Director of Photography Andy Cope, and Mindy in the Judaic Studies department.

Professor Shaked, Jerry, My Survivor Director of Photography Andy Cope, and Mindy in the Judaic Studies department.


 Philanthropist Leslie Saiontz being interviewed at the Miller Center bearing her parents names.

Philanthropist Leslie Saiontz being interviewed at the Miller Center bearing her parents names.

 Leslie discussing the innovative educational initiative that brought students and survivors together at UM.

Leslie discussing the innovative educational initiative that brought students and survivors together at UM.

 Recalling attending Holocaust Internship luncheons with her mother, at the Sue & Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

Recalling attending Holocaust Internship luncheons with her mother, at the Sue & Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

 Paintings by and about survivors provided the backdrop for Leslie's intense and emotional interview.

Paintings by and about survivors provided the backdrop for Leslie's intense and emotional interview.

 Listening to Leslie's interview in the Miller Center's spacious student auditorium.

Listening to Leslie's interview in the Miller Center's spacious student auditorium.

 Primary interviews were captured in 2160p, full frame 4K Ultra High Definition format.

Primary interviews were captured in 2160p, full frame 4K Ultra High Definition format.

 Organizing the filming of B-Roll on campus.

Organizing the filming of B-Roll on campus.

 Drone Pilot and videographer Mark Slatko joins the  My Survivor  crew on the 3rd day of primary videography.

Drone Pilot and videographer Mark Slatko joins the My Survivor crew on the 3rd day of primary videography.

 Mark preparing to shoot aerials at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.

Mark preparing to shoot aerials at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Holocaust Memorial of Miami Beach.

 Andy Cope framing a Steadicam scene of Edith Akerman and Jasper Lee.

Andy Cope framing a Steadicam scene of Edith Akerman and Jasper Lee.

 Mrs. Akerman recalling her traumatic experiences at the hands of the Nazis during World War II.

Mrs. Akerman recalling her traumatic experiences at the hands of the Nazis during World War II.

 Our drone orbiting architect Ken Treister's landmark sculpture.

Our drone orbiting architect Ken Treister's landmark sculpture.

 Viewing aerial footage in real time.

Viewing aerial footage in real time.

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Shoot 4

Tuesday, December 11, 2017

 Director of Photography Andy Cope and Assistant Cameraman Cody Tallon prepare for the classroom shoot.

Director of Photography Andy Cope and Assistant Cameraman Cody Tallon prepare for the classroom shoot.

 Executive Producer Helen Chaset introducing her father Holocaust Survivor Joe Sachs to Hannah North's students.

Executive Producer Helen Chaset introducing her father Holocaust Survivor Joe Sachs to Hannah North's students.

 Mr. Sachs spoke to 11th Graders studying the literary and social dynamics of Elie Weisel's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Mr. Sachs spoke to 11th Graders studying the literary and social dynamics of Elie Weisel's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

 Cinematographer Andy Cope capturing the lecture.

Cinematographer Andy Cope capturing the lecture.

 Michael Behar capture student reaction to the lecture.

Michael Behar capture student reaction to the lecture.

 (L-R) Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Holocaust Survivor Joe Sachs, and Executive Producer Helen Chaset, being hosted by AP English teacher and UM Holocaust Internship participant, Hannah North.

(L-R) Senior Executive Producer Mindy Hersh, Holocaust Survivor Joe Sachs, and Executive Producer Helen Chaset, being hosted by AP English teacher and UM Holocaust Internship participant, Hannah North.

 Hannah discussing the profound reasons she teaches literature of the Holocaust today.

Hannah discussing the profound reasons she teaches literature of the Holocaust today.

 Andy Cope framing the interview in Hannah's classroom, with Michael Behar shooting reversals, out of frame, beside her.

Andy Cope framing the interview in Hannah's classroom, with Michael Behar shooting reversals, out of frame, beside her.

 Panoramic view of Hannah's Advanced Placement English classroom during the documentary interview.

Panoramic view of Hannah's Advanced Placement English classroom during the documentary interview.

Shoot 5

Thursday, December 28, 2017

 Dr. Alan Dershowitz with Jerry Levine at his South Beach home.

Dr. Alan Dershowitz with Jerry Levine at his South Beach home.

 Professor Dershowitz is an outspoken thought leader on Holocaust Denial, intolerance and freedom of speech.

Professor Dershowitz is an outspoken thought leader on Holocaust Denial, intolerance and freedom of speech.

 Saying "They have the right to be wrong" he has defended the constitutional right of Holocaust deniers to freedom of speech.

Saying "They have the right to be wrong" he has defended the constitutional right of Holocaust deniers to freedom of speech.

Shoot 6

Sunday, February 11, 2018

 Holocaust Survivor Magda Bader reunited with Michele Abeckjerr for the first time since the internship ended.

Holocaust Survivor Magda Bader reunited with Michele Abeckjerr for the first time since the internship ended.

 The reunion took place at Cafe Europa, an event which brings together hundreds of Survivors, several times per year.

The reunion took place at Cafe Europa, an event which brings together hundreds of Survivors, several times per year.

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 Michele discussing her internship experience with the crowd after Magda received an award for her dedication.

Michele discussing her internship experience with the crowd after Magda received an award for her dedication.

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 Filming the dancing and singing typical at Cafe Europa events.

Filming the dancing and singing typical at Cafe Europa events.

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Shoot 7

Monday, February 19, 2018

 

 UM Medical School student Vibhu Chittajallu about to be interviewed. Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy Hersh gets the ball rolling on the day's shooting.

UM Medical School student Vibhu Chittajallu about to be interviewed. Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy Hersh gets the ball rolling on the day's shooting.

 The shoot took place in the first floor conference room of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

The shoot took place in the first floor conference room of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

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Jerry Levine asked Vibhu a wide range of prepared and impromptu questions.

 This was the film project's only chromakey shoot.

This was the film project's only chromakey shoot.

 DP Andy Cope framing the interview.

DP Andy Cope framing the interview.

 Vibhu was challenged by the intensity of the internship experience.

Vibhu was challenged by the intensity of the internship experience.

 Holocaust Survivor Magda Bader about to begin at her Aventura apartment.

Holocaust Survivor Magda Bader about to begin at her Aventura apartment.

 Andy using a modified Dana Dolly, providing fluid movement in very tight quarters.

Andy using a modified Dana Dolly, providing fluid movement in very tight quarters.

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 Jerry, Mindy, Magda and Helen relaxing after an intense and emotional interview.

Jerry, Mindy, Magda and Helen relaxing after an intense and emotional interview.

 

Shoot 8

Tuesday, March 19, 2018

 Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy Hersh with Professor Deborah Lipstadt before her interview.

Senior Executive Producer Dr. Mindy Hersh with Professor Deborah Lipstadt before her interview.

 Director Jerry Levine interviewing Professor Lipstadt about the impact the Holocaust Internship Program had on students.

Director Jerry Levine interviewing Professor Lipstadt about the impact the Holocaust Internship Program had on students.

 In DENIAL, Rachel Weisz playing Deborah E. Lipstadt fights back in a libel case brought by disgraced Holocaust denier David Irving. The real woman in the spotlight for  My Survivor.

In DENIAL, Rachel Weisz playing Deborah E. Lipstadt fights back in a libel case brought by disgraced Holocaust denier David Irving. The real woman in the spotlight for My Survivor.

 Lipstadt's latest book,  Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory , is a full-length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust.

Lipstadt's latest book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, is a full-length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust.

 

INternational SHOOTs - POLAND

April 8 - 10

 Magda Bader during filming at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow, Poland. Built in 1535, The "Alte Cemetery" has undergone a series of post-war restorations since being desecrated during WWII.

Magda Bader during filming at the Old Jewish Cemetery in Krakow, Poland. Built in 1535, The "Alte Cemetery" has undergone a series of post-war restorations since being desecrated during WWII.

 Jerry Levine on location filming in Poland - the Remah Synagogue can be seen behind him. During World War II Krakow's buildings and landmarks escaped mostly unscathed. Its preservation makes it a key destination for Holocaust Survivors, students and Jewish missions, such as this one organized by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Jerry Levine on location filming in Poland - the Remah Synagogue can be seen behind him. During World War II Krakow's buildings and landmarks escaped mostly unscathed. Its preservation makes it a key destination for Holocaust Survivors, students and Jewish missions, such as this one organized by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

 Jerry with Sidney Pertnoy, the Israel 70 Pre-MIssion Chair, in the"Kazimierz," former Jewish Quarter of Krakow.

Jerry with Sidney Pertnoy, the Israel 70 Pre-MIssion Chair, in the"Kazimierz," former Jewish Quarter of Krakow.

  My Survivor  film subject Peter Tarjan, in Krakow with Jacob Solomon, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

My Survivor film subject Peter Tarjan, in Krakow with Jacob Solomon, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

 Poland Mission Chair Sidney Pertnoy introducing the four Holocaust Survivors that participated in the Israel at 70 Pre-Mission to Poland.

Poland Mission Chair Sidney Pertnoy introducing the four Holocaust Survivors that participated in the Israel at 70 Pre-Mission to Poland.

 Magda at Auschwitz on April 11, 2018 - the day before the March of the Living took place there.

Magda at Auschwitz on April 11, 2018 - the day before the March of the Living took place there.

 Magda:  Touring Auschwitz like this is strange - without vicious dogs, evil Nazis and starving Jewish prisoners everywhere.

Magda: Touring Auschwitz like this is strange - without vicious dogs, evil Nazis and starving Jewish prisoners everywhere.

 Magda outside the gas chamber where her family Z"L perished.

Magda outside the gas chamber where her family Z"L perished.

 Jerry with  My Survivor  Consulting Creative Producer, Bonnie Reiter-Lehrer.

Jerry with My Survivor Consulting Creative Producer, Bonnie Reiter-Lehrer.

 Contributing Photographer Matt Levine, with his father, Director Jerry Levine.

Contributing Photographer Matt Levine, with his father, Director Jerry Levine.

 Magda and Jerry, outside Aushwitz-Birkenau, at the completion of filming in Poland.

Magda and Jerry, outside Aushwitz-Birkenau, at the completion of filming in Poland.

 

Shoot 9

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 Executive Producer Maxine Schwartz being interviewed at the home of Amy Dean and Alan Kluger.

Executive Producer Maxine Schwartz being interviewed at the home of Amy Dean and Alan Kluger.

 Maxine recounting how the Holocaust Internship program began at the University of Miami.

Maxine recounting how the Holocaust Internship program began at the University of Miami.

 Maxine played a key role in establishing the HSSIP at the University of Florida.

Maxine played a key role in establishing the HSSIP at the University of Florida.

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 Holocaust Survivor Peter Tarjan.

Holocaust Survivor Peter Tarjan.

 A few weeks after this interview, Peter would be filmed in Poland for  My Survivor.

A few weeks after this interview, Peter would be filmed in Poland for My Survivor.

 Director Jerry Levine with Holocaust Internship participant Peter Tarjan at his home in South Miami-Dade.

Director Jerry Levine with Holocaust Internship participant Peter Tarjan at his home in South Miami-Dade.

 Peter is a Professor Emeritus in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami, and until very recently was a marathon long distance runner.

Peter is a Professor Emeritus in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami, and until very recently was a marathon long distance runner.

 Barbara Davis past Volunteer Coordinator of Jewish Community Services, recalling how "matches" were made between Survivors and UM students.

Barbara Davis past Volunteer Coordinator of Jewish Community Services, recalling how "matches" were made between Survivors and UM students.

 Director of Photography Andy Cope, with Dr. Mindy S. Hersh and Peter Tarjan in the background - listening to Barbara Davis being interviewed by Jerry. Barbara was with the HSSIP during the entire eleven years it was in existence.

Director of Photography Andy Cope, with Dr. Mindy S. Hersh and Peter Tarjan in the background - listening to Barbara Davis being interviewed by Jerry. Barbara was with the HSSIP during the entire eleven years it was in existence.

 When the matches referred to above were made, Barbara held a position at JCS.

When the matches referred to above were made, Barbara held a position at JCS.

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Shoot 10

Monday, May 8, 2018

 
 Donna Shalala founded the UM Holocaust Survivor Student Internship project during her tenure as President of the University of Miami (2001 - 2015). Her interview took place at the Newman Alumni Center, on the UM campus, in Coral Gables.

Donna Shalala founded the UM Holocaust Survivor Student Internship project during her tenure as President of the University of Miami (2001 - 2015). Her interview took place at the Newman Alumni Center, on the UM campus, in Coral Gables.

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