Anticipation Building for Misa’s Fugue Premiere

Posted on November 1, 2011 by

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The documentary Misa’s Fugue, a survivor story of Frank Grunwuald and his Holocaust experience, has recently received much praise. The movie is a grant recipient of the 2011-12 Berks Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. The grants that Misa’s Fugue has obtained are worth $1,084 ($542 from each organization). The money will go to the theatrical run of the film at the Goggleworks this spring. The film runs 20-26 April.

“I think this movie is going to be fantastic. I have seen the last six minutes of the film, and I was so moved that I am not sure I will be able to watch it without crying the whole time,” graphic designer and technology-education teacher Sara Shelton said.

The release date for Misa’s Fugue has been rescheduled for National Holocaust Remembrance Day on 19 April, 2012. The documentary’s director is FAHS media teacher Sean Gaston,  and the producer is social studies teacher and holocaust scholar Jennifer Goss. A number of Fleetwood students have worked alongside these teachers on the project.

“The purpose of making this documentary was two-fold. First, it was to preserve a very important story from the Holocaust for students of the future and for Frank and his family. Second, making this film provided a unique experience for the students of FAHS to become involved in a very interesting and worthwhile project,” Goss said.

The ultimate goal is to distribute the film to high schools and colleges throughout the country so they can use it to learn more about this very dark period of history, Goss said.

The budget for Misa’s Fugue started out at $10,000, but production costs have increased to $15,000. Most of this money is going straight into making the film, but any leftover money will go toward post-production, advertising, marketing, and the film’s premiere.

“I have been privileged to have seen some of the film as it is being developed. I have been very impressed at how the filmmakers have utilized our student art, often animating it and layering it with student generated music.  Students synthesizing historical facts into a product like this film, that we all can be proud of, is education at his best and most profound,” FAHS art teacher Diane Chisdak said.

For more information about the documentary Misa’s Fugue, visit the website at www.FAHSDocProject.com.

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