NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Shadows From My Past
|Gita as a child with her family|
NYWIFT's Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd St.), from 7 to 9 pm.
Join us for a screening of Shadows From My Past, a documentary written, produced and directed by NYWIFT member Gita Kaufman, and her late husband, Curt Kaufman.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker. Then, join us at a nearby venue for mingling, a cash bar, and complimentary appetizers.
Shadows From My Past (2010, 85 min) is a documentary filmed in Austria, Germany, France and the U.S. It deals with the mixed emotions of an American Jewish woman, Gita Kaufman, returning to her birthplace, Vienna, where she had to flee as a child in February 1940. Searching for the missing parts to her own past, she also seeks answers to questions of moral ambiguity, individual as opppsed to collective guilt, and to what degree today's generation is responsible for the sins of their fathers and grandfathers.
Gita Kaufman is a producer, director and writer. She co-produced and directed Mary Leah Bandy (chief film archivist for the Museum of Modern Art), as well as several educational and industrial films. Gita has been a judge for documentary video awards at the New York Film Festival and the Cable Ace Awards, and she a finalist in the From the Heart and The New Century Writers Contests. Gita has taught screenwriting and writing courses, and is a mentor for film students for City University of New York, New York University and Brooklyn College.
Curt Kaufman directed and co-produced Mary Leah Bandy, as well as several educational and industrial films. He worked as a photographer on over 41 theatrical and feature films, such as Sophie’s Choice. Curt began working in film as an assistant to his father Reuben Kaufman, former president of Guild Films and Jayark Films. They produced syndicated TV programs, including I Spy. Curt was a judge for documentary video awards at the New York Film Festival and the Cable Ace Awards.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Media and Entertainment, Inc.
Last updated: Apr. 10, 2013