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Academy Alum Featured At Sacramento Film Festival

Barbed wire boundary of Auschwitz
Barbed wire boundary of Auschwitz

Another Academy of Art University alum has found creative greatness: Matthew Webber, a graduate of the School of Motion Pictures & Television program, has created his own masterpiece, "A Tailor in the Making," which was accepted into the 2007 Sacramento Film Festival.  Webber began making his film as a student at the Academy of Art University, and completed it a few years after he graduated.  "I had a great experience and received a thorough education at the Academy.  I had great screenwriting and editing professors.  It definitely helped my creative processes while making this film," says Matthew.

Ben Altman speaks about his experiences in Polish concentration camps
Ben Altman speaks about his experiences in Polish concentration camps

"A Tailor in the Making" is a story about prisoners in Buchenwald, Terezin, and Auschwitz Nazi death camps creating art as a means of escape from the dehumanization forced by Nazi soldiers.  Webber beautifully captures on film the story of hope in a time of evil told through the words, dreams, and paintings of Ben Altman, a survivor of five concentration camps in Poland.  Webber's inspiration for the film derived from his general interest in World War II, but later discovered the sub plot of this secret and concealed artistic existence within the camps.  "I was intrigued by this underground art movement that existed among some of the prisoners, and how it became the ultimate form of internal revolution for them," said Webber.  Webber and his crew traveled from Germany to Poland where they were able to see and document up close some of the artwork hidden within the barracks of the concentration camps.

Ben Altman speaks about his experiences in Polish concentration camps
A memorial statue for the prisoners of Terezin (Theresienstadt)

Matthew Webber is currently working on two new films to be released in the near future.  His current film, "A Tailor in the Making" has been previously featured in the Indian Film Festival, and will also be featured in the 2007 Sacramento Film Festival, which will run from March 28th-April 1st.  It is currently the most visited film on the festival's website.  

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