Film Fest 52

7:00pm March 4
Encore Presentation:
"Also Life Is An Art: The Case Max Emden"
Did You Like "Woman In Gold" with Helen Mirren?
Complimentary Wine & Refreshments


Directors: André Schäfer, Eva Gerberding. Almost no one knows the name Max Emden today - but his department stores are already familiar: the KaDeWe in Berlin, the Operpollinger in Munich, the Allas department store in Stockholm or Corvin Ahuraz in Budapest.

Born in Hamburg in 1874, the son of a respected Jewish merchant family, he was more than a department store king. He was a patron of the University of Hamburg, donated the first golf club and a polo club to his hometown - and built up an unique art collection. In 1928 Emden moved to Switzerland because of the burgeoning anti-Semitism, he acquired the picturesque Brissago Islands in Lake Maggiore and equipped a villa with his breathtaking art collection of painters such as Van Gogh, Canaletto or Monet. Emden mastered the art of living like no other - always tanned on his motor yachts and with lightly clothed young women at his side, who caused scandals in the prudish Ticino. But the Nazis gradually confiscated Emden's assets; he had to sell most of his art - his numerous properties throughout Europe were expropriated - and so he died impoverished on Lago Maggiore in 1940.

Almost 80 years later, the film follows together with Juan Carlos Emden, Max Emden's grandson, in the footsteps of his grandfather to find out what really happened to the famous art collection and real estate property.

The German government has not returned one of the works of art from the Emden Collection to its heirs. Nor has the Hamburg Senate tried until today to make amends or compensation for the Emden family.

The film rolls up the case of Max Emden in detail and with the help of explosive documents, private film footage never shown and many historical testimonies, while at the same time recounting the rise and destruction of a Hanseatic family through propaganda and the violence of the Nazi regime.



7:00 pm Wed Mar 11
“A Prayer For Compassion”
Makes a strong argument: our individual beliefs vs our palate choices
Complimentary wine and snacks
After the film discussion


The film follows filmmaker Thomas Jackson on a quest to make a better world for his daughter that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?” Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them…They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6 and 11:9)

Director Biography - Thomas Jackson
Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and musician. He received his Masters from Florida State University's prestigious College of Motion Picture Arts, where his thesis film, Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the QuickCheck won both the Student Academy Award and the Student Emmy Award, as well as 20 other awards and honors. The film's screenplay, and an interview with Thomas, are included in the fourth edition of the book, Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, published by Focal Press.

Thomas has lived and worked in New York, Nashville and LA, and currently resides in North Florida. He began his vegan journey in 2005 while living in Manhattan. It wasn't until after the birth of his daughter in 2012, however, that he became “activated,” and found his passion and purpose in helping to create a more compassionate, peaceful world to leave his daughter and the children of all earthlings, no matter their species.



7:00 pm Wed Mar 18
“The Last Suit”
Complimentary Wine & Snacks


At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. A standout among these is the iconic Spanish actress Angela Molina, as the proprietor of the Madrid hotel where he stays. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. And in its mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish it is a globe-trotting surprise, a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains, and heart.



7:00 pm Wed Mar 25
The Field Afar: The Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno & Short Film: Warriors To Lourdes
6:00 pm Meet n’ Greet Wine Reception With Directors
7:00 pm Film And Q&A


The Field Afar: The Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno
52 Minutes
The life story of Vincent Capodanno, a Catholic Priest who received the Medal of Honor for his valor as a chaplain to the Marine Corps during some of the most harrowing battles of the Vietnam war.

Director Statement
This film is about the power of courage and compassion, even in the face of life's most harrowing events. Fr. Capodanno was a Catholic priest, but his life speaks to all human beings about the human capacity for goodness. In a world growing ever more weary with cynicism, this is a story to renew the spirit. In the stories told by the Marines who knew him, we gain insight into the tremendous impact a life can have when it is lived in service to others. -Tim Moriarty

Warriors To Lourdes
29 Minutes
There is an invisible wound of war that is only beginning to draw public attention. In addition to mental and emotional suffering, moral injury represents the spiritual dimension of trauma. This important and timely topic is brought to life with searing emotion in Warriors to Lourdes, a new documentary film produced by the Knights of Columbus. This 28-minute film highlights the transformative experience of the annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage for wounded, ill and injured veterans seeking physical and spiritual healing. Through very personal accounts of men and women in uniform, along with those of military chaplains, the film showcases the life-changing impact of this spiritual pilgrimage. These stories reveal that sometimes the greatest acts of courage occur not on the battlefield but inside the human heart.

“The Field Afar” Director Biography - Tim Moriarty, Jake Ehrlich
Tim Moriarty is an actor, writer, and producer from Seattle, WA. He earned his BA and MA degrees in Philosophy from Boston College and his MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University. He has appeared in episodes of BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, HOUSE OF CARDS, LUKE CAGE, and numerous other television shows, films, and commercials. In 2017, he landed a recurring role on LUKE CAGE, as A.U.S.A. Colin Dunbar. In 2018, he was cast as a recur on NBC's hit new show, MANIFEST, as NSA Deputy Powell. Alongside his work as an actor, Tim is the founder and owner of the production company, CASTLETOWN MEDIA.

Jake Ehrich is the founder and owner of REEL HOUND MEDIA. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Jake is an award-winning filmmaker and editor. His projects have screened at film festivals and on television across the country. He was the lead editor and head of post-production for the NET TV show “Mysteries of the Church.”

Warriors To Lourdes Director Biography - David Naglieri
David Naglieri is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer. His films have been distributed in more than 80 countries and garnered accolades at film festivals around the world. He is best known for his 2016 feature-length documentary Liberating a Continent; John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, which earned 5 Emmy nominations and was hailed as a "documentary masterpiece" by First Things magazine. David has produced more than a dozen films since 2006, four in collaboration with Jim Caviezel as narrator (John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace (2018); Liberating a Continent (2016); Face of Mercy (2016); Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message (2015)) and hundreds of TV programs, corporate videos and national TV commercials. His films are noted for their combination of extensive and original historical research, emotive and forceful storytelling, and fearless conviction.

A 2002 recipient of a PEW fellowship to study the influence of religion on contemporary global affairs, David holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Marist College.