Daniella Schiller, The Ripple Project and Liron Unreich in The New Yorker magazine

We are proud to announce a new article in The New Yorker about Daniela Schiller.
The fascinating article describes her amazing work, her incredible journey and how our film ties it together. We wish to thank Michael Specter, the writer of the article.

Reconsolidation is in late production stages and we hope to release it soon, to read more click here.

Enjoy

The New Yorker Article. Click on image to read in full

Series One Episode 3 Excerpts

 

 

“Reconsolidation” is the 3rd episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series; it begins with a clinical look into a neurological experiment as neuroscientist Dr. Daniela Schiller, labors to discover the key to rewriting fearful memories — reconsolidation. From Daniela’s research laboratory in New York she begins her personal search and returns to her native Israel to compel her elderly father to reveal his Holocaust remembrance for the first time. What follows is a haunting exploration into the nature of memory, its power, its vulnerability, its promise and its generational effect.

Read more about The Ripple Project: Onehere

 

Mirrors

Mirrors is the debut of Marc Dennis and Liron Unriech’s collaborative project.  Mirrors, a six channel video installation based on interviews of six Holocaust survivors conducted by Dennis and filmed by Unreich. For this project the artists assembled a varied list of six living survivors to portray and traveled to their homes to interview the subjects in an effort to commemorate the survivors and create an intimate paring of collective memory and emotion through storytelling. Utilizing installation and film and emanating from the history of portraiture, Mirrors is an unprecedented unique artistic approach to the conventions of Holocaust discourse by presenting individual vignettes that together create a layered portrait of a generation of survivors. The interviews include reoccuring motifs of strength, optimism, and chance and investigate themes such as transformation, faith, and memory within the realm of an extraordinary event.

Read more about Mirros: here / read about Marc Dennis: here

Mirrors Concept Rendering

 

 

Series One Episode 4: Photomontage

“Photomontage” is the 4th episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series.

Holocaust survivor, Walter Schaffir, age 92, reflects back on the day Nazi brownshirts threw him into a Viennese jail at age 17. “Thinking back it is hard to really reconstruct that moment.” says Walter of that event and the two miracles that followed: his release from jail and a Kindertransport to Holland that would separate he and younger brother Kurt from their mother for an unspecified time. “I have never had any doubts that I would see her again,” adds Walter. “And we did.” Like her father and grandmother Lola, Nancy Gershman, Walter’s daughter, is also an artist. But Nancy’s art, as she describes it, “is prescriptive” and not art for art’s sake. What she has become known for is digitally – and forensically – creating memories that were, or might have been for people who wrestle emotionally with loss and regrets.

We soon follow Nancy as she assembles a photomontage for a transgender male which re-imagines what it might have been like for him to have bonded with his parents in early childhood – only this time in his preferred gender … as a little girl.

Parallel to this journey, Nancy presses her father to reconstruct his gaps in memory; gaps that spotlight Walter’s optimistic outlook on life at the expense of denial. This collision between rosy reminiscences and the darker details only leaves Nancy hungry for more.

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Project Status: In early stages of production

Episode Five: Mirrors

Mirrors is the 5th episode in The Ripple Project: ONE Series.

A friend’s reflection reveals more than a looking glass.

Renowned artist and clandestine Holocaust art scholar Marc Dennis interviews survivor Dina Jacobson, whose tranquil facade betrays an incomprehensible knowledge. Set in the bucolic village of Elmira in upstate New York, Marc’s inquisitive nature and Dina’s furtive life are revealed and reflected upon through days of frenzied conversation and the knowing silence of friends. Dina is one of six survivors interviewed by Marc, each story more complex and unique than the one before…

Filmmaker Liron Unreich follows Marc, as both artist attempt to create a multi-media musuem installation based on these six interviews. A journey that will take them across the United States and the Atlantic. As each survivor shares his or hers life and precious days, the two artists try to capture an enduring portrait of survival, spirit, strength and inspiration to be shared with generations to come.

Dina Jackobson

Portrait of Holocaust survivor Dina J. by artist Marc Dennis

Portrait of Holocaust survivor Dina J. by artist Marc Dennis

Project Status: In early stages production

Two Ripple Project Vignettes to be screened in Jerusalem on March. 19th

The Ripple Project is excited to announce two of our Vignettes will be screened at the Mythographies conference in Jerusalem on March. 19th.

A Day at Zuccotti Park and Daniel Terna, Brooklyn, NY will be the two films included in the program.

Click the links to view the films and read more about the conference here.

Daniel Terna, Brooklyn NY

I first met Daniel Terna through his father, painter and Holocaust survivor Fred Terna. The Ripple Project has worked with Fred on several projects, including the multimedia exhibition Mirrors, and Shared Memory, a short film about his life of survival through art and creativity. At the premier of Shared Memory, Fred revealed to me he had a 20 something year old son named Daniel —  whose photography work was transitioning into the pursuit of film. Upon meeting Daniel at their brownstone in Brooklyn, I was surprised to learn this aspiring filmmaker was interested in making a film about his father’s road trips across the United States with his first wife Stella some 40 years ago. Inspired by images taken by Fred and Stella, Daniel set out fo retrace their travels, retake their images and frame the story of a woman who died before he was born. The short film Daniel Terna documents this journey of discovery for The Ripple Project’s Vignettes Series.

 

Excutive Producers: Micheal McDevitt and Liron Unreich

Directed by Dylan Angell

Director of Photography  Tal Unreich

Edited by Joe Morgan

Additional footage shot by Daniel Terna

Photos by Fred Terna

Music by Phantom Fauna

 

 

Daniela Schiller featured on Studio 360

Daniela Schiller who is featured in Reconsolidation, a segment of  The Ripple Project: One was recently featured on Studio 360 performing a monologue about her experience of being filmed by the Ripple Project. Listen to it here.

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