A Coming-Of-Age Memoir
by Susan Eyre Coppock
Catherine Marenghi recording "GLAD FARM"
by Catherine Marenghi
Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project
is a work-in-progress documentary written, directed and produced by R. Harvey Bravman. The film is based on over 80 hours of interviews of local survivors conducted by Lawrence Langer, one of the world's foremost authorities on Holocaust testimonies. The tapes ended up in a metal closet for over 25 years. The film contains some of the most epic and noble thoughts seen on screen. Besides bringing attention to genocide and the Holocaust; the film is about racism, intolerance, as well as the refugee and immigrant experience.
The film sold out the Coolidge Corner Theater twice and is being screened in limited release throughout New England.
see trailer here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ej7jnrtI_0
PROJECTS OF NOTE
HOLOCAUST ESCAPE TUNNEL on PBS
What happens when your life comes to a screeching halt?
Second Start is a podcast that explores how people face monumental change, overcome obstacles, and restart midlife. Hosted by Joel Olicker.
For 20 years, Joel built and nurtured a successful TV production company. A healthy, home-owning family man in a happy marriage and career, he felt fulfilled. Then, the television industry changed, leaving him, and his company, out of work. Ensuing debt, stress, and health issues left Joel forced to confront big questions of change. But, he knew he wasn’t alone.
Americans in their midlife are experiencing discontent like never before. Second Start explores fascinating moments of difficult change in the lives of mature adults, with host and producer Joel Olicker narrating his own experience charting a new path forward in real time, and interviewing others confronting the big question of “What now?”
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilna was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North” until World War II, when the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population and reduced its synagogues and cultural institutions to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed. Now, an international team of archaeologists is trying to rediscover this forgotten world, excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for proof of one of Vilna’s greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.
Check out a great new book, GLAD FARM: A Memoir that I recorded with the author, Catherine Marenghi for Audible!
Catherine bares her personal account of growing up in a one room farmhouse with no plumbing. Her American story of renewal and reinvention is rich with imagery as seen through the eyes of a studious, little red-haired girl who keeps her family life hidden from her schoolmates.
Driven, she emerges from poverty to become a successful journalist, able to buy her family a decent house.
But it doesn't end there.
Long, buried family secrets surface over time and she learns how her family was coldly betrayed and uncovers the truth behind her parents long kept silent history.
You witness life through each subtle emotion and feeling in every chapter.
THE BROOKLINE HOLOCAUST WITNESS PROJECT
GLAD FARM: A Memoir
directed by Paula S. Apsell and Kirk Wolfinger
edited by Rob Kirwan
music by Ed Grenga
music consultant- Douglas Stevene
Premiered April 19, 2017 on NOVA
CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS OR ON-DEMAND SERVICES FOR VIEWINGS
produced + directed by Harvey Bravman
co-produced + edited by Rob Kirwan
associate editor- Danielle Myers
sound design, repair + mix by Douglas Stevens
music theme by Ed Grenga
Check out another great book, Cardinal Days: A Coming-Of-Age Memoir, that I recorded with the author, Susan Eyre Coppock for Audible.
A bittersweet portrait and survival story of a young girl growing up in NYC and her relationship with her mother, a beautiful actress who was neither loving nor maternal.
Like all good survivors, Susan seeks out and finds substitutes in other women who filled the role of mother in her life.
article Boston Globe August 5, 2016 by Sophie Haigney
visit the program website-