Return of the Lost Ones

The purpose of this film is to create awareness of the present day phenomenon of the returning Jews from the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.
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Jane Statlander-Slote
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Miami, Florida
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Meet the Director- Dr. Jane Statlander-Slote



My name is Jane Statlander-Slote and my background is the following:  PhD American Literature, M.F.A. Cinema and Interactive Media, and M.S.W. in Social Work.  I am a Professor of English;  am an internationally recognized scholar in American literature; I make documentary films; and am a psychotherapist.  I’ve traveled to many countries; lived in Israel for 20 years; speak 5 languages; am a writer and have published a number of books and film scripts.  I am married to the internationally renown Philosopher, Michael Slote; and sleep only 4 hours a night!


Why is our film important

This is an important film because it focuses on a very important present-day phenomenon:  the Annusim, the “Lost Ones” who, during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, were forced to convert to Christianity but who today want to return to the faith and heritage of their past. 

This film will contribute to helping increase worldwide awareness, knowledge of, respect and acceptance for the Lost Ones, the Annusim, by exposing this serious and explosive problem.  It will also be an interesting and important educational tool.     



What we want to accomplish:

We want to raise enough money to shoot this historically important film and to help the Annusim gain the credibility and support they so desperately want and deserve.  This film will bring their plight to the world’s ear.  This Hispanic and Latino group of lost people wants to be accepted for who they are and for where they came from.  They want the past that was stolen from them returned!  This film will work as a bridge of love, hope and understanding between all peoples in the world.  We want the Annusim  to be respected for who they really are and not  for who they were forced to be for all of these centuries.  It is an important message for all who want to preserve and keep their identities intact.  We want this film to be an example of tolerance and respect---something the world desperately needs!



Who are we interviewing?


Reverend  Alberto Cutié

Cutié was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1995 and became an internationally recognizable name by hosting television and radio programs.

Cutié left the Roman Catholic Church in May 2009, after publication of photographs showing him embracing a woman at the beach and his subsequent admission that he was in love and wanted to get married. He  said that mandatory celibacy was only one of the theological differences that led to his leaving the Roman Catholic Church for the Episcopal Church. After he requested a leave of absence from his duties in the Archdiocese of Miami, he married Ruhama Buni Canellis and joined the Episcopal Church. He currently serves as rector of an Episcopal parish in Biscayne Park, Miami, Florida.

Gabe Saporta

Gabriel  Eduardo Saporta is a musician. He currently resides in New York City. He Is the lead singer and primary creative force behind the synthpop band " Cobra Starship" Gabe Saporta was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, the oldest child of Diego and Jeanette  Saporta. His paternal and maternal families, both were Jewish and emmigrated from Uruguay to Europe.  His father's family is of Spanish Sephardic decent; his  mother's family is from Austria. Gabe's paternal side of the family is a descends from Nachmonides,  Ramban. The Rambam's, whose  name was"Ca'Porta". Gabe's name is "Saporta"


http://ultimategabesaporta.org/

Richard Franklin

Richard Franklin is a British actor who  lives in Los Angeles. His many television roles  in different television programs include Doctor Who,  Crossroads, and Emmerdale Farm, among others. He has guest-starred in a number of Big Finish Productions, and has had appearances on many television shows. He has had roles in many theater productions as well.   In the political realm  Franklin  stood for Parliament on several occasions,  appeared on Campaign Calendar, and had an election speech at the Liberal Democratic Conference.   Today he works primarily as a theater director and has also annually produces films for the  Edinburgh Film Festival. He has also been an artistic and associate director of a number of theaters.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Franklin


Salvador Litvak

Salvador Litvak is a screenwriter, film director and producer. He  lives in California. He was born in Santiago, Chile. He is known for "When Do We Eat", "Saving Lincoln", " Great Harry And Jane", and " Maid Of Honor". He is also well know for writing the   "Accidental Talmudist" blog for the Jewish Journal. He also blogs about politics, history, parenting, and other matters for the Huffington Post. Salvador Litvak graduated from Harvard University, NYU law, and UCLA for theater, film, and, television.


Www.accidentaltalmudist.com


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Litvak



Tudor Pafitt

Tudor Parfitt is a British historian, writer, traveller, broadcaster and adventurer. He is Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he was the founding director of the Centre for Jewish Studies. He was also visiting professor and is currently a fellow at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard College.He is now Distinguished Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at the Florida International University (FIU) and Director of the Center of Global Jewish Communities at FIU.



What We Need & What You Get

 For  Return of the Lost Ones, RLO I have to take a crew to Spain, Portugal, Israel, Italy, South America and Central America; need to rent  very expensive equipment like the  RED camera (for an Academy Award Winning look); lighting equipment and other technical stuff;  have to travel to Southwest United States with a film crew to search out more descendants and other necessary interviewees; need to feed, hire, transport, etc. a film crew.   We’re working on a very very modest budget but still need  at least $250,000.  

$150,000.00 - Productions Budget

$100,000.00- Post Productions Budget

Total Budget- 250,000.00

This is a very low budget film by Hollywood standards but we want a highly polished look of Hollywood Award winning standards without the cost.  Our crew doesn’t receive top money because, like me, they BELIEVE in these films because they are very very interesting and very very important to show the world.

The Impact



Do you know any Hispanic or Latino people who are descended from Spanish or Portuguese families?


Other Ways You Can Help

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  • Do you know anybody who would be able to contribute or would be a great authority to be included in the film? Write us at eretz.or.productions@gmail.com


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