Special thanks to:
Penn State University, Office of the President
Penn State University, College of Communications
Hart & Simona Hasten Family Foundation
Barbara Palmer Trust
Mimi Barash Coppersmith
Herschel & Eileen Leibowitz
The Making of No. 4 Street of Our Lady
Work on No. 4 Street of Our Lady began in summer 2006 when, after familiarizing themselves with the details of Moshe Maltz's diary, the filmmakers began a series of interviews with several of the survivors rescued by Francisca Halamajowa as well as her grandchildren.
In summer 2007, they traveled to Israel, where they interviewed another survivor, who as a child had been hidden by Halamajowa, and spoke with several experts. From there, they flew to Ukraine, where they spent eight days filming in the town of Sokal. Three of the survivors, along with Halamajowa's two granddaughters, made the trip with them. For the survivors, this was the first trip back to their hometown in 62 years. In early 2008, after discovering yet another survivor who as a child had been hidden by Halamajowa, the filmmakers traveled to Florida to interview him and film the reunion between him and the other survivors. Since spring 2008, when post–production work began, the filmmakers have taken close to 45 hours worth of material gathered over more than two years and edited it into a 90–minute feature length film. In February, the final audio mix, color correction and mastering will be completed at Henninger Media Services in Arlington, Va.
Barbara Bird is a documentary filmmaker concerned with issues of social justice and political consciousness–raising. Her work (Handmaidens, 1995, and Album, 2002) has been recognized and juried in prominent festivals such as The Women in the Director's Chair International Film Festival and The American Film Institute National Video Festival in Los Angeles.
With an MFA in Radio⁄TV⁄Film from Northwestern University, she is an associate professor of film at Penn State University.
Judy Maltz served as a senior correspondent in Jerusalem for Ha'aretz, Israel's most respected newspaper, and was one of the founding editors of the Ha'aretz English edition. She has reported for the Jerusalem Post and Reuters and has written extensively for the Financial Times of London and other British, American and Israeli newspapers.
With a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, she currently holds an appointment as a senior lecturer in journalism at the College of Communications at Penn State University.
Richie Sherman is an independent filmmaker whose work emphasizes an expressionistic personal approach to the medium and is likely to include hand–processed or digitally manipulated material. He has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va., and an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Ohio Arts Council in Columbus, Ohio. His most recent film, (The Green Grass of Twilight, 2007) received a Best in Show Award at the Sound Experimental Film Festival and has screened at such juried festivals as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Chicago Underground FIlm Festival and the Hamburg International Short Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
His professional cinematography experience includes three narrative feature films, two feature documentaries and more than 40 shorts. His work has appeared in national and international festivals, been broadcast on the History Channel and PBS and distributed through Blockbuster, Film Threat and Netflix. His photographic work has been published in Wired magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, The Photo Review and featured on the cover of a Pulitzer–Prize nominated book of poetry.
With an MFA in film from Ohio University, he is an assistant professor of film at Penn State University.
The following is an interim list of contributors to the film:
Gerald and Carol Abrams, Barbara R. Palmer Trust, Doug and Claudia Anderson, Barclays Capital, Barrack Foundation, Baskets by Gayle, Jonathan and Jacqueline Bernstein, Edward and Inga Schreyer Book, Sol Cohn, Mimi Barash Coppersmith, Alexander and Amy Bird, Janet Fowler Dargitz, Davidowitz Foundation Inc., H. Richard Dollinger, James and Julia Donnelly, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, Fidelity Investment Charitable Fund, Sidney and Helen Friedman, Roger Gershon, David and Lola Wood Geselowitz, Erica Green, Andrew Gutman, Hart & Simona Hasten Family Foundation, Peter Hirsch, Anne M. Hoag, Lauren Homel, Lyle and Anna Johnson, Richard and Sally Kalin, Eliezar and Gail Kamon, Philip Klein, Richard and Joy Vincent–Killian, Cynda and John Kostyak, Mark Langdon, Herschel and Eileen Leibowitz, Simon Lemmer, Herbert and Trudy Lipowsky, Jules and Louise Lippert, Gertrude and Samuel Levine, Mark and Maria Livolsi, Bette Davis Madway, Michael and Riv Maltz, Barbara Marder, Theodore and Jacqueline Matlow, Richard and Marjorie Milgrub, Christine and John Nichols, Daniel Ottenstein, Bruce and Suzanne Pincus, Alan Polonsky, William and Martha Rabinowitz, J. Paul Rutter, Shirley Birenbaum Sacks, Herbert Sarwin, Amit and Judy Schejter, Richard and Sandra Sherman, Henry Schoenfeld, Elaine Small, Stephanie Snyder, Stephanie Sorkin, Gerald Stein, Edward Steinberg, Charles and Sydell Tauber, Ruth Traynham, David and Sue Werner, Wilf Family Foundation, Joseph and Janice Yewdell, Will Ziefert, David and Rochelle Zohn.