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The Ripple Project: Reconsolidation Production in Israel

Director Liron Unreich and Producer Michael McDevitt have just returned from Israel after completing an exciting and revealing week of shooting The Ripple Project: One’s latest chapter with Cinematographer David Stragmeister.

Reconsolidation” 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.
Please click here to learn more about “Reconsolidation” and The Ripple Project : One‘s exploration of the multigenerational effects of the Shoah.

Shared Memory trailer

Shared Memory is the one of the six chapters in our feature film The Ripple Project: One which examines the multigenerational effects of the Shoah, the inheritance of creativity and the responsibility of survivors and younger generations to impart the lessons of the past. The films will offer an inspirational message that reaches across time to engage a diverse audience and to ensure the memory of those who came before us will not fade away.

Painting helps a man express horrors beyond words.

“This was. This is.” Brooklyn-based artist and Shoah survivor, Fred Terna, declares gesturing towards two paintings—one ominous and dark, the other lighter, with hues of hope.  “This is how the memory changed.”   Shared Memory is part oral history, part private gallery tour where Terna invites the viewer into his home and discusses pieces from his carefully catalogued collection spanning the history of his artwork. Together, the paintings and Terna’s stories describe his path from the Czech Republic to Brooklyn, from surviving Theresienstadt to his taxing marriage with a fellow survivor. In Shared Memory, Terna reveals how painting is both a way of coping with the horrors he has experienced and a means to preserve his memories.

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WATCH: A conversation between Fred Terna and Rwandan genocide survivor and educator  Eugenie Mukeshimana, which took place after a private screening of Shared Memory.

The following letter was written to Shared Memory Director and The Ripple Project Cofounder, Liron Unreich, by Fred Terna.
Dear Liron,
I’m awed and delighted with the film.  You and your team have done a superb job, telling the story of my paintings.  Other film-makers have tried to make films about art and artists during the Shoah.  When they focused on me they somehow stayed on the surface, there was a distance, a gap, between my feelings and ideas and what I saw on the screen.  You are telling the story with great skill and insight, and I thank you.

During the Shoah we promised each other that the one who survives will tell about it. The burden is getting heavier as our numbers decrease, and you and  your group are carrying this obligation with us, and for us.

Please give my thanks to all who are working with you on The Ripple Project. Looking forward to hearing from you before long,

Fred

Helga Hošková-Weissová: An Introduction

“Draw what you see,” Helga Hoskava’s father told her 70 years ago before they were separated in the Jewish concentration camp, Theresienstadt. Now a renowned Czech painter, Helga passed on the passion born from her father’s words to her son and then her granddaughter—celebrated cellist Dominika Hoskava.  Despite coming from a long line of secular artists and a non-Jewish mother, Dominika surprises her family by converting to Judaism and moving to Israel in an effort to reconnect with her heritage.

To learn more about The Ripple Project: One, please click here.

Interview with Holocaust Survivor Ela Stein Weissberger

Ela Stein Weisberger was 11-years-old when she landed the key role as “the cat” in the children’s opera, Brundibár, performed by and for Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Ela is the only performer alive today who acted in all 55 performances, and she continues to devote her life to telling the story of Theresienstadt throughout the United States and Europe. Ela shares the tales of her survival, her role in the opera and the lengths to which she has gone to preserve the stories of those who did not survive.

We are currently working with Ela for both Series One and for Brundibár: Beyond Imagination

To learn more about The Ripple Project: One, please click here.

To learn more about Brundibár: Beyond Imagination, please click here.

Student Reactions

We recently met with some students who were participating in Project DUMBO 2010, a course offered by Elmira College,  where seven art students live in a loft in DUMBO for a month while touring the city, visiting artist studios and gaining a better understanding of the New York art world.   The students were lead by their teacher Marc Dennis, whom we are currently working with on the film Mirrors which is part of The Ripple Project: One . Please read what some of the students wrote of their experience below.

The below was posted on the Project DUMBO 2010 blog.

Last Friday we made a studio visit that was a little out of the ordinary. We met the people behind The Ripple Project. You can technically define this as a studio visit because we did see some of their behind the scenes work, but it was also a test screening for their project. We’re one of the first groups to see their work in progress and it was an intense, emotional, thought-provoking experience.

The project goals are multi-faceted but one of their main objectives is to help explore how stories and experience change throughout the generations and what we can draw from all of these experiences. The video we were shown, “The Binding of Isaac” is the first video from the project and serves as a good introduction to the project. It really helps to relate the viewer to Isaac’s story. That connection provides a much bigger emotional impact than the dry, sterile numbers and stats that most of us are taught in classrooms.

The Binding of Issac

After seeing that video, the members of the Ripple Project showed us some of the footage they have shot for projects that are now being edited. This was interesting and fell more in line with what we are accustomed to on the trip. While still just as heavy emotionally as the short film, we were able to see a filmmakers approach to their piece. One member, Liron, kept emphasizing the difficulty of expressing an entire story into one piece, or one painting, an interesting concept and something to consider in the artistic process.

The stories of the people this team has traveled to film and try to portray through this project are absolutely incredible. The discussions that accompanied this raw footage and introduction to the project taught us all a lesson on perseverance and the strength of the human spirit.

-Tim Goodier

The following  two testimonies were sent to us after a second discussion was held between the students and Dylan Angell of the Ripple Project.

I’ve always heard various individuals talk about “the power of art.” I never
really understood what these people were talking about. However, after
having the opportunity to watch different parts of The Ripple Project, this
phrase, “the power of love,” suddenly became clear to me. Watching the
footage of various Holocaust survivors who had become artists was extremely
emotive in part due to the realization that these people lived through
unimaginable horrors, but did not let the events of the holocaust define
them. Rather they went on to create art and new lives. I do not know how
each individual found solace in their art making, but I do believe it is due
to the act of making art that these people were able to live fulfilling
lives after the tragedies they witnessed and lived through. At least to me,
The Ripple Project attests to the inherent power of art to heal, connect,
teach, express, and communicate.

– Katya Harris

Artist Fred Terna

Upon meeting with the group from the Ripple Project to view their video I was rather moved by the project as I feel most people will be. I think what really makes it more meaningful is it gives the individual stories and their impact upon their life and their families. It simply makes it more personable and relatable as an individual in today’s time that has not gone through these experiences. It is not the typical documentary style and I think this really is what gives it more meaning. I was touched by the experience and felt I came away with a better understanding of the lasting impression the events have left on individuals and their families. You commonly hear about these things but it is hard to understand the reality of it. The video really puts it into a format that makes it personal. I felt that I had gotten to know the individuals in the clip and could relate them to people in my own life. Overall I think it is an excellent and moving project that will help people to understand the extent of the tragedies suffered by thousands of individuals.

-Kathy Henton

Episode One: The Binding of Isaac

“Binding of Isaac” is the 1st episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series.

A friendship born in shared survival is given new life in the poetry of remembrance.

Nearly two decades ago, 16-year-old Liron Unreich filmed his grandfather, poet and writer Isaac Ginzburg, as he opened up about the atrocities he experienced during the Holocaust. Just three years later, Isaac died of kidney failure, likely resulting from an intentional overdose. Liron sits down with his grandfather’s dearest friend, Herman Taube, the 92-year-old writer who has dedicated his life to chronicling survivors’ stories through his poetry, and shows him the old footage of Isaac.

While watching his friend candidly share his painful experiences, Herman reflects on the synchronicity between his life and Isaac’s and the vastly different ways the two men dealt with the tragedy they had both experienced.


Project Status: Completed

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Episode Three: Reconsolidation

“Reconsolidation” is the 3rd episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series.

A daughter discovers synchronicity between her scientific career and her father’s method of coping with his traumatic past“Reconsolidation” 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.

Interview with Dad

Interview with Dad

Driving to see Dad

Driving to see Dad

Daniela Schiller

The Siren

 

Daniela was recently featured on Studio 360 performing a monologue about her experience of being filmed by the Ripple Project. Listen to it here.

Read the New Yorker Magazine article about Daniela’s work and the film.

An interview with Daniela and Liron about the film and its related science:

Read the interview on Labocine Magazine

The film is an official selection and winner of the 2016 Imagine Science Film Festival in New York.

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Project Status: Completed

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Episode Six: Generations Apart

“Generations Apart” is the 6th episode of The Ripple Project: ONE series.

A grandmother’s story inspires countless strangers, but she struggles to share it with her own family.

Ela Stein Weissberger was 11-years-old when she landed the key role as “the cat” in the children’s opera, Brundibar, performed by and for Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Ela is the only performer alive today who acted in all 55 performances, and she continues to devote her life to telling the story of Theresienstadt throughout the United States and Europe. Generations Apart juxtaposes the lives of Ela’s granddaughters in Florida who are unaware of their grandmother’s role in the opera and the lengths to which she has gone to preserve the stories of those who did not survive.

Here is an early interview we conducted with Ela in her house

As Ela prepares for a lecture at a Brundibar performance in Kansas, she wrestles with inviting her granddaughters to attend. Highlighting the natural human desire to share our pain and triumph with loved ones, Generations Apart is a glimpse into the simple complications which entangle a woman’s public life and family legacy.

Project Status: In early stages of pre-production

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