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World Cinema – DocuDramaSoutheast PremiereTHE PRIME MINISTERS: The Pioneers, Richard Trank
Israel, / 2013 / 115 min / DCP / EnglishThe Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers, through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Behind the scene stories are brought to life involving Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter. Personalities ranging from Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher and Moshe Dayan to Harry Truman, Anwar Sadat, and Princess Diana appear in The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers. The first of two parts, the documentary focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the 6 Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the U.S., the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. _Screenplay: Richard Trank / Producers: Rabbi Marvin Hier, Richard Trank / Cinematographer: Jeffrey Victor / Editor: Nimrod Erez / Principal Voice-overs: Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy as Levi Eshkol, Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin / Contact: Susanne Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org 310-720-5092 www.theprimeministers-thefilm.com www.facebook.com/pages/Moriah-Films
Richard Trank is an Academy Award winning filmmaker. Trank wrote/directed It Is No Dream, exploring the life of Theodor Herzl, father of the modern of Israel. In 2011, Trank wrote/directed Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, film focused on Churchill’s years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism. In 2009, Trank wrote/directed the Against The Tide, narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Against The Tide examined the conflict that erupted in the Jewish community in the late 1930'-40's over the best means to rescue the Jews during the Holocaust. In 2007, Trank directed I Have Never Forgotten You, a look at the life of Simon Wiesenthal. Narrated by Nicole Kidman, it featured interviews with longtime associates, government leaders from around the world, friends and family members. In 2006, Trank directed Ever Again, which examined the resurgence of anti-Semitism and its connection to international terrorism. In early 2005, Trank completed Beautiful Music, narrated by Brooke Shields, it told the emotional story of the relationship between an Orthodox Jewish music teacher and her blind and autistic Palestinian student. In 2004, Trank wrote/directed Unlikely Heroes, narrated by Kingsley, chronicling 7 people who defied the Nazis. In 2001, Trank wrote/directed In Search of Peace, Part I: 1948-67, an exploration of the first decades of Israel’s existence, narrated by Michael Douglas and featuring Edward Asner, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfus, and Michael York. In 1997, Trank produced The Long Way Home (Oscar ’98). Narrated by Morgan Freeman, film examined the period between 1945-48, when the survivors of the Holocaust rebuilt their lives and helped to create the state of Israel. For the past two decades, Trank has also served as the Exec Producer for Museum of Tolerance. He will be working in the same capacity in Jerusalem. He was also the Exec Producer for films at The Cell, the Counter Terrorism Learning Lab at Denver’s Museum of Art.
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