ADL Honors Student Filmmakers with Prestigious Dore Schary Award
New York, N.Y., May 7, 2003 ... Honoring student filmmakers for using their medium in the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred, prejudice and bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced the winners of the 16th annual ADL Dore Schary Awards and a significant expansion to the prestigious and popular awards, which will now include a competition category for filmmakers under 25 years old. The top honor in the Documentary Film category, "From Third Reich to Third Generation," follows the extraordinary relationship between a young German man whose grandfather was a soldier in Hitler's Wehrmacht and a 101-year-old Holocaust survivor who is too frail to leave his New York City apartment. Stefan Knerrich, Michael Rey and Amy Rubin, all from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, were presented with the top prize of $1,000 for this film.
In the Narrative Film category, "A Place to Live," was presented with the top prize. The film is a tale of friendship, conflict and cultural and political differences between two young people, one from Israel and the other from Syria, who become roommates in New York City. Anat Inbar of Brooklyn College won the $1,000 prize.
"We are pleased to present these awards in honor of one of the film industry greats, and former ADL National Chairman, the late Dore Schary," said Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman. "These student filmmakers, all of whom invested many hours in writing, producing and directing their films, are helping to bring ADL's message of fighting hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism to the public."
ADL established the Dore Schary Awards in 1982 to honor the memory of the filmmaker for his contribution to the art of the motion picture - and for his leadership as ADL National Chairman. The awards are presented each year to student film and video productions on themes that fall within ADL's mission to promote human rights, combat bigotry and prejudice and to secure justice and fair treatment for all people.
The new Dore Schary Awards category for filmmakers under 25 years old was instituted to recognize that new technologies have democratized the production marketplace and that many of the best and most innovative young filmmakers are not necessarily film students.
"Today's young filmmakers are using DV Cameras and PC based editing systems to make films that only a few years ago would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Mr. Tobias. "We want to make sure that the Dore Schary Awards recognize this exciting change in the filmmaking landscape."
Dore Schary (1905-1980) was one of Hollywood's most distinguished writers, directors and producers. His 372 film credits, including production roles on "Boys Town" and "Crossfire," one of the first major studio films to confront anti-Semitism, are eloquent testimony to his love of people and his passionate respect for their diversity. For more information about the Dore Schary Film Awards, please go to http://www.adl.org/dore_schary_awards/default_17.asp.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.