At long last, we have an update on 1948: Creation & Catastrophe, our documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have been working like mad on it for a seemingly endless amount of time. But we are excited to announce that the end is very, very close. In fact, we just submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival. This is a huge milestone. Of course, submitting to Sundance and being accepted by Sundance are two very different things, but please think happy thoughts for us.
The even bigger news is that we are officially done editing the documentary. This has been a massive project – much bigger than we imagined, quite frankly. The final project has interviews with 33 fighters, refugees and survivors of the war, both Palestinian and Israeli. It is based on a mountain of research – we’ve pored over about 20,000 pages of history. There are well over 200 archival photographs in the documentary, many of which have never been seen in public before. These images were collected from archives across the globe. Our researchers also gathered copies of military orders from Israeli archives. The contents of these orders will surprise many, many people in the US. We have half a dozen of the most recognized historians of the conflict to provide context. And finally, we have a phenomenal original score, composed by Alexis & Sam, who are absolute geniuses with music.So What’s Next?There are only two items remaining before we are officially done. The biggest is paying for the archival materials. We have already purchased some of the licenses, but there is about $35,000 left to pay. We’re also looking for a narrator. Currently, Andy is narrating the film, but we’d much rather have a celebrity – someone with gravitas… and someone who is willing to work for the cause and not the cash.
Time is ticking. If we get into Sundance, we have to have everything paid for by the end of the year. Even if we don’t get into Sundance, there are a number of other festivals hot on its heels. Please, make your contribution now so we can share this story with the world.
So When Do I Get to See the Doc?
It has been far too long, but we are almost there. There are two hurdles to cross in order to get the doc to you. Hurdle number one is the aforementioned licenses. And we’re working on that.
The second hurdle is the major film festivals. If the documentary gets out into the world before it debuts at Sundance, then it is essentially disqualified from Sundance. Same deal at some of the other major festivals. Getting into a festival is a game-changing event for a documentary and it can result in a far, far larger group of people seeing the project. So please bear with us. We’ll keep you in the loop on our festival entries.
Over the past two years, we have received loads of encouragement from people all over the globe. We can’t thank enough for that. It means far more than you realize. All of that encouragement is about to pay off. Thank you so much for your patience.
Andy Trimlett, Director/Co-Producer
Emmy Award-winner Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria.