Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest

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"How moving! The darkness to the light, the simplicity and the music all blend perfectly into the storyboard. I want to help you get this film to as many people as possible."
- Lea Wolinetz, Representative of World Holocaust Survivors (Czestochowa), Second Generation and The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews

Kevin Sean Michaels and Perry Chen in formal attire at the Annie Awards

About the short film

Memories from the Holocaust have been portrayed in almost every medium, but rarely animation -- and never before by a child animator. Animated short film "INGRID PITT: BEYOND THE FOREST" is a cross-generational collaboration between a world-class animation master, two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, and a first-time animator, 11-year-old artist Perry Chen. It is narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.

Starting with Ingrid Pitt's poignant narration and Bill Plympton's 23 traditional pencil sketches as storyboard, award-winning artist and film critic Perry Chen brings this moving story and its contemporary implications alive. Read more

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Perry Chen and Kevin Sean Michaels discussing animation

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Even a six-minute short has a surprising number of expenses (with no guarantee of reimbursement): audiovisual equipment and supplies, studio time, musicians, workers compensation insurance (required by California, where Perry Chen is a resident), and more. It takes festival submission fees, travel, postage and other expenses to show the film at film festivals and schools. Several noteworthy entities have already donated, but as of this writing, we are still operating at a loss. All donations are greatly appreciated, and will be acknowledged with thanks on our website.

If you would like any additional information about the short, our expenses, or benefits for donors, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your consideration.

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Hicksville, NY 11802

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Make a charitable donation to the Cinema Arts Centre

You also have the option of making a charitable donation to The Cinema Arts Centre, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. If your donation is specifically earmarked for "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest," the Cinema will make a grant to VAMP Productions of 95% of the donation amount. Please remember to specify in your cover letter and/or the check's memo field that the donation is earmarked for "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest." If you have any questions about donations to the Cinema, please call them at (631) 423-7611 and ask for Dylan Skolnick. Checks may be mailed to:

Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

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