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Ron Schmidt, S.J.

by Ron Schmidt, S.J. |

Film Screening: "The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej"


When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: Weigand Teleconference Room, 1st Floor, Arts & Sciences Building

Free and open to the public.  No RSVP required. The film began at 12 pm, and was followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Ron Schmidt, S.J. at 12:40 pm. 

Co-Sponsored by the SCU Digital Filmmaking Program and the Communication Department

The Film:

This powerful short documentary explores the artistic mind of Auschwitz survivor Marian Kolodziej. In The Labyrinth, Marian takes the audience on a journey through his drawings and art installations. Through the blending of his testimony and the graphic drawings, we explore the memories and nightmares of a man, who like so many others buried experiences deep within. Why would a confrontation with death late in life, trigger the need to record his long-suppressed memories? And why in this graphic, metaphorical way? This documentary raises these questions in a visually stunning way.

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The Filmmaker and Writer:

Ron Schmidt, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and award-winning international documentary filmmaker whose films include: Franz Jaegerstaetter: A Man of Conscience, a short documentary that won the Redemptive Storytelling Award; On The Line, a feature length documentary on the protest against the U.S. School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA; In Spite of Darkness, a film on the annual non-denominational Auschwitz Retreat; as well as numerous other short documentaries. Two of his films were awarded Silver Telly’s for best in their categories and all three films have secured international distribution. Schmidt was previously vice-president of two Catholic non-profit production companies. He was executive producer on numerous video projects. He also produced a project on the American Zen Buddhist Bernie Glassman, Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life that Matters. Schmidt was producer of the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals annual Gabriel Awards in Los Angeles and he has co-produced the Film Showcase at the L.A. Religious Education Congress. After receiving the Silver Telly Awards, he was selected to be a judge for the Telly Awards. He is a script reader for the Humanitas Prize, as well as a chair of the Gabriel Awards Documentary Jury. He is co-author of a study guide on the acclaimed documentary Into Great Silence and gives film seminars and film retreats. Schmidt, along with his director son, Jason, is partnered in December 2 Productions to develop and produce documentaries.

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