Joel Markel
executive producer
       The son of an Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, Joel has long desired to contribute to the field of Holocaust memory to honor the experience of his mother and the millions of victims of the Jewish genocide. In 2004, during a tour of the Roman Ghetto, Joel first heard the story of Kappler's Gold Extortion. He immediately felt connected to this story because for generations his family had worked as jewelers. Joel desires to bring this story to an American audience, not only because it is interesting in itself, but because it deals with a community that is small enough to be able to comprehend, to give names and faces to the lived reality of the millions of people lost or forever effected by the nightmare of the Holocaust. It is a story, he believes, in which one can recognize oneself and one's own family. Joel continues to support the film financially and through his vision.


Jeffrey X. Bonna
director
       A graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Jeffrey Bonna started in the film industry working for documentary film legend Ken Burns. He found that his strong writing background combined well with the craft of filmmaking, creating a natural fit for work on documentaries and biographies. After the completion of Ken Burn's West Film Project, he worked in the film industry where he edited, scripted, and produced hundreds of biographies for some of New York's most prominent citizens. Jeff founded his own production company, Jacklight Productions, in 2003. The company continued his development of biographies for private clientele. In 2005, Jeff formed a second company with Joel Markel, Ottimo Films, dedicated to the creation of documentary films.


Catherine Campbell
producer, researcher, writer, interviewer
       Catherine Campbell received a BA from Hampshire College, (Amherst, MA, 1997), with a thesis project on "Dante's use of allegory in the Divine Comedy." She was enrolled in NYU's Doctoral Program in Italian Studies at NYU (2001-2007), focusing her research on medieval and renaissance Italian literature and philosophy. Catherine has worked as an Italian teacher, translator and interpreter for over 18 years and has lived and worked between Italy and the USA since 1994. Catherine brings her extensive knowledge of Italian language and culture, along with her academic research interests in the fields of Italian history and storytelling, to the project.


Grazia Di Veroli
interviewer, consultant
       Grand-daughter of Roman Jews deported and lost to Auschwitz on October 16th, 1943, Grazia Di Veroli has dedicated her life to research and education about the Shoah. She graduated from the Terza Università di Roma in 1995 with a thesis entitled "The Need for Testimony: the case of the extermination camps." She also holds a Masters in Holocaust Education (2007). Since 1981, Grazia has worked for the National Association of Political and Racial Ex-Deportees to Extermination Camps (L'Associazione nazionale ex-deportati politici e razziali nei campi di sterminio). In 1998-1999, Grazia collaborated with Stephen Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, interviewing Roman Holocaust survivors for the Foundation's archives. She also worked for the "Progetto Memoria" of the Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (CDEC, Milano, 2006-2008). Grazia has helped bring many of the Roman Jewish interviewees into this project, including residents of the old ghetto quarter, known as the "Piazza," most of whom were participating in interviews for the first time. Her work experience interviewing survivors of the Holocaust prepared Grazia to train the other interviewers from our production team in how to both guide and be guided by the interviewees into their memories and feelings.


Laura Supino
collaborator, interviewer
       Laura Supino, born to an Italian Jewish family in Turin, lived under the Italian Racial Laws and was in hiding for 9 months during the Nazi occupation of Italy. With her studies and career in architecture and interior design, she dedicated special interest to art and archeology with specific research in Italian Jewish fields. For over a decade she has been collaborating with the Jewish Cultural Center and the Jewish Museum of Rome as well as with public and private schools, universities and cultural and political institutions in different Italian towns to educate about Judaism in general. She says of her work that it seeks "to inform about Israel, anti-Semitism, and especially about the Shoah, to defend the memory of the martyrs not only from revisionism or negation but also from the danger of trivializing the tragedy itself." Laura has aided the production in contacting and interviewing several key interviewees, particularly among these the Roman Jews who were of a more economically advantaged background and only came to identify with the "Piazza" after the beginning of the Racial Laws.


Jayson Jimenez
director of photography
       Jayson a graduated from Hunter College with a focus on Film Production. Jayson began working for a production company in 1994 as an intern and worked his way up to Production Manager, sharpening his shooting skills as Director of Photography on many different projects from independent films and documentaries to music videos and concert events. In 2004, he started his own independent production company, Artisan NY Productions, Inc.


Yotam Haber
Composer
       Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He received the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Recent commissions include two works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor (receiving an Italian premiere at the 2012 Venice Biennale); new works for New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Alarm Will Sound, The Knights; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l'arsenale; FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation. He is currently collaborating with MacArthur Prize Fellow Anna Schuleit on a large-scale project of 104 piano pieces inspired by 104 paintings, drawn from stories by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard; and an evening-length work to premiere in 2013 for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the 1963 Baptist Church bombing. His music is published by RAI Trade.


Sara Spizzichino
archival research
       Sara Spizzichino is the niece of Settimia Spizzichino, the only Roman Jewish woman to return from Auschwitz among those who were deported on October 18th, 1943. Between 1943 and 1944, a large portion of her family was struck heavily by the deportations. After having studied cinema in Rome at the NUCT (Nuova Università del Cinema e della Televisione), she studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. In 2007 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She still lives and works as artist today in Rome. Currently, Sara is working on a personal project about a group of children who lived sixty years ago in a popular district in Rome (Ten portraits of a hypothetical future). It is a work based on the supposed and unknown future of every child, through their social, religious and economic differences.


Rivka Spizzichino
archival research
       Rivka Spizzichino is a Rome based photographer. Between 1943 and 1944, a large portion of her family was struck heavily by the deportations. Settimia - the only Roman Jewish woman who returned from Auschwitz among those who were deported on October 18th - was her aunt. Rivka is working hard on her family research, specifically on her grandfather's fate, dispersed after the Auschwitz liberation. She has published her photos in "Storia della Shoah in Italia" edited by UTET - Unione Tipografico-Editrice Torinese (2010). As a photographer she works mainly for advertisement and art, and she is also working on her latest photographic project titled "K."


Gaia Adducchio
production assistant, interviewer
       After studying filmmaking in Italy (1999-2001) at the NUCT (Nuova Università del Cinema e della Televisione) in Rome and in the Czech Republic (2003-2004) at FAMU, the national film school in Prague, Gaia Adducchio attended a 1-year Master in development and financing of audiovisual projects at the ECAM, Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain. Since moving back to Italy in 2006 she has worked as a freelance production assistant for numerous short films and documentaries, and is now working for RAI (the Italian public television) directing documentaries while continuing to develop and shoot her own projects. Gaia has brought her experience of producing films in Rome to aid the production team with its Roman shoots. She has also helped as interviewer, aligning her director's eye and understanding of valuable content with her gentle and intimate style. She continues to work gathering images in Rome for the film.


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