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Shadows From My Past at Lincoln Center


Shadows From My Past, a documentary written, produced and directed by NYWIFT member Gita Kaufman, and her late husband, Curt Kaufman will be screened by the Lincoln Center Film Society on July 25th at 6:00 PM as part of the Art of the Reel Series.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker Gita Kaufman.

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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts