"Menschen is quiet frankly the most ambitious completely independent film we’ve viewed footage off. Now anyone who reads the site will know we generally don’t dive head first into a hyperbolic statements such as that, but hand on heart I can honestly say that director Sarah R. Lotfi looks to have created something truly awe inspiring and completely heartbreaking." - Allen Kobie, www.downwithfilm.com
"From top to bottom Menschen, with the help of Man The Line has gone above and beyond to replicate and accurately portray the look and feel of the WWII German and American Soldier." - www.MANTHELINE.com
ABOUT THE FILM
SPRING 1945, the war is over but the fight to survive goes on. The Wehrmacht forces are weary from retreat, the Allies are closing in. A single Austrian captain attempts to guide his platoon behind the Russian lines to surrender to the Americans. They take under their wing a young man with a severe disability. As the loyalty of the captain's men is tested, the bond with the boy evokes a painful secret from the past.
MENSCHEN is a German-language U.S/Austrian co-production. The film was shot entirely in the state of Colorado in Spring 2012.
"Action T-4" was an ethnic cleansing program implemented by the Nazis prior to the Holocaust that targeted the children and adults with disabilities. They were deemed as "life unworthy of life" by Hitler's regime.
Menschen tells a story of hope - of LIFE WORTHY OF LIFE...
Sarah R. Lotfi (DIRECTOR) most known for her WWII film THE LAST BOGATYR, a national finalist in 37th Student Academy Awards. Some of Lotfi's other films include TUDOR ROSE and WAKING EYES. She has worked on numerous professional productions including ABC's CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP, and HBO films production of CINEMA VERITAE: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, featured in American Cinematographer. Lotfi's experience growing up with a brother and sister with Down Syndrome provided much of the inspiration behind the MENSCHEN. www.sarahrlotfi.net
Peter Wigand (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAHY) was born and raised in Graz, Austria. After working in the independent filmmaking scene in Europe, Wigand studied cinematography in the U.S. at Colorado Film School. He has won numerous awards for his work including BROKEN CYCLE, BUNKER'D, and SHINY THINGS. Recently, he was director of photography on the apocalyptic feature film DUST OF WAR. As a native Austrian, the story of MENSCHEN was a direct link into the culture of his "Heimatland". www.peterwigand.com
Anastasia Cummings (PRODUCER) is an award-winning filmmaker and one of the most sought after in the state. For many years she has served as the US representative for French production company, Diesel Productions. Trained as a Script and Continuity Supervisor in Los Angeles and fluent in three languages, Anastasia translated Sabine El Gemayel’s acclaimed film NILOOFAR. Notable shorts she has been attatched to include BROKEN CYCLE, JACK IN THE BOX and the upcoming BREATHE. Cumming has plans turn develop a feature from her noted short film CODA exploring a musical legacy out of cold-war Europe to present day America.
WHY WE NEED THE MONEY:
Thanks to your help on past campaigns we got through production...now we need to $5,585 to be able to get Menschen screened at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world.
- Entry fees to 50+ film festivals on our list vary from $35 to $120
- Sending screeners and press kits around the world adds up Shipping costs.
- Premotional Materials (screeners, press kits, postcards, website, & more)
FYI. . . 6% of every $ dollar we raise goes back to our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas allowing most of your donation to be TAX DEDUCTIBLE (U.S. residents only).
Built into the $5585 is the 6% cut from Fractured Atlas and the hardcosts we will front to get your lovely perks to you!
Let us thank you on facebook & twitter, & IMDB! Wanna see the film before it hits festivals? Want to meet the filmmakers at the kick off party? Check out the Perks to your right!
What we are able to raise HERE - RIGHT NOW will directly affect how many festivals we can submit to - and we really don't want to have to pick and choose! We are submitting to Oscar Booster festivals like Sundance and others!
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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