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Elie Wiesel: Soul on Fire seeks to understand the known and unknown Elie Wiesel (1928-2016): his passions, his conflicts and his legacy as one of the most public survivors of the trauma of the Holocaust.


Co-produced with PBS American Masters, The feature-length documentary explores Elie Wiesel’s life largely through his own words and voice. 

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About the Film

Interviews with immediate family, friends and others illuminate Wiesel’s biography as a survivor, writer, teacher and public figure. Through letters to his son Elisha, in hand painted animated sequences and in never before seen photographs and film clips, we will follow Wiesel’s personal evolution from a young survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps to becoming the key American spokesperson for the significance of understanding the legacy of the Holocaust. 

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  • OREN RUDAVSKY - Writer/Director/Producer
    Oren Rudavsky is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grants. Rudavsky produced, directed and co-wrote the NEH funded American Masters documentary: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People which was nominated for a Critics Choice award. His film Colliding Dreams co-directed with Joseph Dorman, and The Ruins of Lifta co-directed with Menachem Daum, were released theatrically in 2016. Colliding Dreams was broadcast on PBS in 2018. His NEH funded film A Life Apart: Hasidism in America was short-listed for the Academy Awards and broadcast on PBS in 1997 and his ITVS funded film Hiding and Seeking was nominated for an Independent Spirit award and was chosen for the PBS POV series. Both were co-directed with Menachem Daum. Rudavsky was the producer of media for the forty permanent film installations at the Russian Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow which opened in 2013. In 2009 Rudavsky was Producer/Writer of the two-part series Time for School 3, a twelve-year longitudinal study examining the education of seven children in the developing world for the PBS series Wide Angle. In 2006, Oren completed The Treatment, his fiction feature as Producer/Writer/Director, starring Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm and Famke Janssen which was awarded Best Film Made in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival. Rudavsky is currently producing the NEH funded film Everything Seemed Possible along director and editor Ramón Rivera Moret, about an era of profound cultural and social change in Puerto Rico in the 1950s-1960s
    Prior to becoming Executive Producer of the AMERICAN MASTERS series in April 2014, Michael Kantor produced 21 hours of television for national broadcast. In addition to winning the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series, Mr. Kantor’s independent productions have been recognized with six Primetime Emmy Award nominations and one Writers Guild of America Award nomination. His six-part series, Broadway: The American Musical, was honored with a special screening in Washington on the occasion of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 40th anniversary. Mr. Kantor directed Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (funded in part by the NEH), served as Producer of The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater (written and hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas), was Executive Producer on Give Me the Banjo (narrated by Steve Martin, directed by Marc Fields), and wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning profile, Quincy Jones: In the Pocket, for the AMERICAN MASTERS series. With Laurence Maslon, he co-authored the companion books to his popular series, including Superheroes! Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture (Crown Archetype), Make ‘Em Laugh (Twelve) and Broadway: The American Musical (Bulfinch). His most recent documentary was Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, which won a Peabody Award in 2014. Mr. Kantor served over ten years as a nominator for the Tony Awards, and holds a B.A. in Theater Studies from Cornell University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, San Diego.
  • TAL MANDIL - Producer
    Tal Mandil is an independent filmmaker/producer based in New York City who got her start in film while living in Chile. There she produced Más Allá de las Olas/ Beyond the Waves, a four-part documentary series about blue whales in Patagonia that aired on national Chilean television in 2022. While there, she co-wrote and produced a narrative short film, Sumergido (2019), starring Daniel Antivilo and Lux Pascal. She is currently working on an NEH-funded documentary, Everything Seemed Possible, about an era change in Puerto Rico in the 1950s and ‘60s directed by Ramón Rivera Moret currently in post production. She produced the documentary feature Taking Venice (Rome Film Festival, DOC NYC, 2023, US distribution Zeitgeist, Kino/Lorber) about the role of the U.S. government backing artist Robert Rauschenberg at the 1964 Venice Biennale. She has been working with Oren Rudavsky on Elie Wiesel: Soul On Fire since the project began in 2021
  • MICHAEL CHOMET - Producer/ Editor
    Michael Chomet is an accomplished and experienced editor, creative director, and executive producer with four EMMY nominations and one win, seven TELLY awards, three CINE Golden Eagles, three International Film & Television awards and is a member of the Television Academy. He owned Chomet Editing Inc, a successful post-production company for 18 years which merged with Spark Productions and later with Tribe Pictures. He’s produced and edited the PBS series Reading Rainbow and also produced projects with Ben Stiller, Eugene Levy, Martha Stewart, Levar Burton, Michael Moore, Marlo Thomas, and Hype Williams. Michael edited Oren’s first two documentaries Dreams So Real and Gloria: A Case of Alleged Police Brutality and in recent years acted as a consulting editor on Oren’s film Witness. Michael has edited several samples for Elie Wiesel: Soul On Fire. Michael himself is the child of a holocaust survivor.
  • JOEL ORLOFF - Animator
    Joel Orloff is an animator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He has led animation teams for a number of documentary projects, including Oren Rudavsky's Witness Theater, American Masters' Unladylike2020, and Joe Dorman's Don Quixote in Newark. He is currently in production on Pamela Hogan's upcoming documentary about the 1975 Iceland women's strike, and is subsequently set to begin work, alongside Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, on Joe Dorman's NEH-funded feature on the Colfax Massacre. He co-created, with Riley Thompson, the award-winning short film When Planets Mate. He is a recipient of two artist development grants from the Brown Arts Institute and is a member of their 2021 Cohort. He was awarded a MacDowell colony residency for his work in 2017. He teaches animation in the Film / Animation / Video department at the Rhode Island School of Design.


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