An Open Door is a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save over 1,300 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany. It is written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Noel M. Izon and co-produced by author Sharon Delmendo. This is the third film in his World War II trilogy Forgotten Stories. This unique film will explore the rare confluence of the Pacific and European theaters. It juxtaposes momentous events in history such as the passage of the Nuremberg Laws and the inauguration of the Philippines as a Commonwealth of the United States. An Open Door is the story of a deep friendship borne of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured and ultimately prevailed.
This is the new film by Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin of Paper Clips fame. It is a beautiful portrait of the town of Bedford Virginia: the town that lost more young men (per capita) on D-Day than any other city in America. Beyond that it is a study in the effects of war on those left behind.
Listen to excerpts of the soundtrack:
Susan Koch and Jeff Werner’s award-winning doc about homeless soccer players and the Homeless World Cup of Soccer. The premier of this film at Sundance last year was such a thrill for me. It is now out on DVD and was the pick of the week on HULU!
A film by the redoubtable Phylis Geller about… coal. It concentrates on the mining proctice of “mountaintop removal.” The film also features music by Kathy Mattea and Justin Towns Earle.
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