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NYWIFT co-presents the documentary Above and Beyond as part of the 2014 Gold Coast International Film Festival. The film was directed by Women in Film Member Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg.
Above and Beyond
2014, 84 minutes
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride. Above and Beyond is their story.
The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, Above and Beyond brings together new interviews, as well as stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah. Filmed in the U.S., Israel and the United Kingdom, Above and Beyond is produced by Nancy Spielberg (Elusive Justice) and directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed Is the Match), with cinematography by Harris Done (The Last Days), special effects by Industrial Light and Magic and an original score from Hans Zimmer’s Studio.
Nancy Spielberg (Producer), an accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, has in recent years turned her energy and talents to producing documentary films. She served as consultant on the Oscar-winning documentary Chernobyl Heart, and is executive producer of Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals, which aired nationally on PBS. Before creating and producing Above and Beyond, Spielberg produced a project for the Israeli government, Celebrities Salute Israel’s 60th, which was featured in Times Square on the NASDAQ screens for one month. Spielberg grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films. She attended Arizona State University and UCLA and, after moving to New York, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and the New School in New York. She is founder and co-founder of several charities including A Bid for Charity, Children of Chernobyl, Project Sunshine and the U.S. branch of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Roberta Grossman (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She has written and produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television. Her most recent film, Hava Nagila (The Movie) was the opening or closing night film at 46 of the 80 film festivals where it screened, had a theatrical release in 2013 and is now available on Netflix. Grossman’s previous film, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the audience award at 13 film festivals, was broadcast on PBS and nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Grossman is the producer of Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning for PBS/American Masters (Fall 2014) and was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS mini-series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her feature documentary, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on public television stations in November 2005.
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Date: Saturday, November 8th
Venue: Soundview Cinemas: 7 Soundview Market Place - Port Washington, NY
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The Gold Coast International Film Festival November 3 - 9th, 2014
At the Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), everyone is invited! For four years, the festival has been bringing sneak previews screenings, up close-and-personal conversations with filmmakers, and first class events. The Festival is just around the corner, with over 25 fantastic films, plus shorts and many fabulous special events scheduled from November 3-9. We hope you will join us and view films made by women!
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