Short Film About Local Holocaust Survivor is Part of Larger Shoah Documentary

Local Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing, highlighted in the award-winning limited film Bear and Fred, and community filmmaker Keith Famie.

Bear and Fred has been touring with a fantastic deal of pleasure in film festivals nationally, looking at substantially achievement.

The short movie Bear and Fred, which is a section of area filmmaker Keith Famie’s Shoah Ambassadors Holocaust documentary, was showcased in and received Ideal Documentary Shorter in this year’s Royal Starr Movie Competition on Sept. 18 at the Royal Oak Emagine Theatre. 

Bear and Fred has been touring with a wonderful deal of excitement in movie festivals nationally, looking at a great deal good results.

To date, the film has received Very best Documentary Limited in the Los Angeles Film Awards and Worldwide Impartial Movie Awards-Spring Classes, was an formal selection in the Significant Apple Film Competition and Dances with Films festival, a finalist in the Impartial Shorts Awards (Los Angeles) and a lot more.

The quick film exhibits regional Shoah Ambassador Hailey Callahan traveling to the house of regional Holocaust survivor Fred Lessing, who tells the story of a teddy bear that accompanied him in his wanderings from one hiding location to one more all through Environment War II. The teddy bear turned a symbol just after staying loaned to Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel in 1996 as section of an exhibition identified as “No Child’s Engage in.” 

The story is also the matter of a children’s ebook introduced in May well 2020, titled Bear and Fred: A Planet War II Story.

Lessing was in attendance and, soon after the small movie was demonstrated, he acquired a big standing ovation from a bought-out crowd. 

Warren Rose, CEO of Bloomfield Hills-based mostly Edward Rose & Sons, the title presenting supporter of the movie for the launch on PBS, was in attendance as well. Owning shed relatives users through the Holocaust, Rose is familiar with how critical Lessing’s story is for folks to hear.

“It need to have been tricky for him to truly try and inform that story and revisit some of those people outdated reminiscences,” Rose stated. “It’s an incredible, impressive tale about spirit and humanity and his connection with this object, which he explained turned him, he transposed himself into this item. It was exceptional.” 

Rose has worked with Famie ahead of and when Famie offered the job to him, Rose was intrigued by the film’s new consider on the Holocaust story staying told to young generations. Rose hopes the film encourages further Holocaust consciousness with that more youthful era. 

“I think some of which is drifting, I consider the tale is not staying instructed a great deal, and the technology that skilled it is heading absent,” Rose said. “So, I really believed it was a wonderful way to retell the tale and hook up it to the younger generation and what they are enduring.”

Observing the shorter movie on the huge display screen was wonderful, Famie claimed, but he thinks Lessing’s firsthand ordeals with the crowd ended up the greatest element.

“I consider the most exciting portion is men and women could really have a possibility to satisfy Fred,” Famie explained. “He exudes kindness, warmth and humility, and it’s a potent information for today’s technology to realize the life of individuals who lived via the Holocaust.”

Prior to the demonstrating of the limited movie Sept. 18 through the Royal Starr competition, a 4-moment trailer was revealed for the future Shoah Ambassadors movie. 

The film has been in creation for extra than 18 months and is concentrated on educating youth about the horrors and atrocities of the Holocaust as a result of young ambassadors, which include Callahan, a graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Experiments, who have been picked to notify the Holocaust tale by way of their have one of a kind creative expression. 

Filming for the motion picture is in its household extend. 

On Oct. 3, a large remaining scene will be filmed at the Berman Center for the Carrying out Arts in West Bloomfield. Most people featured in the movie, the Detroit Children’s Choir, alongside with several Michigan-primarily based Holocaust survivors, are set to be in attendance. 

“It’s likely to be a really momentous scene,” Famie reported. 

Shoah Ambassadors will premiere at a local community exhibiting Nov. 11 at the Emagine Novi Theatre and make its debut on DPTV/PBS on Nov. 18. 

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