The film includes rare clips and interviews that offer insights into the life
and work of the Sharps, who left the comfort and safety of their home and
family in New England to save European strangers.
'Director/producer Deborah Shaffer and I worked closely
together to shape the documentary which will become part of the Museum's
permanent collection," explains Wechsler, who cut the project on an Avid. "What
makes this documentary so very powerful is that the protagonists, the Joukowski
family, and the victims of the Holocaust saved by they Sharps, tell their own
stories without narration."
The film also calls for action to end genocide throughout
Archival footage for the documentary was obtained from Footage Farm, Gaumont
Pathe, and National Archives. Still photos were lent to the filmmakers by
Rosemarie Feigl, the Joukowsky Family, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,
UUSC, USHMM and UNICEF. Interviews were shot on Panasonic P2 cameras.
George Panos and Jared Dubrino assisted Wechsler on the
edit. Michael Julian Berz served as director of photography on the project.
Music was composed by Patricia Lee Stotter. Additional
credits include executive producer Charlie Clements, producer Artemis Joukowski
III and co-producers Larry Benaquist and Bill Sullivan.