Student-Created Documentary Screened at International Film Festival

August 26, 2014 – “Civil Courage,” a half-hour documentary film shot and produced by students in Dutchess Community College’s Overseas Documentary Production class, was screened August 15 in Vancouver, WA as an official selection of the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. It made its debut at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck last December.

During the summer of 2013, students Alyssa D’Adamo, Adrianne Davis, Rosa Knaus and Dan Tornelli, along with Associate Professor of Communications Dana Weidman, traveled to three countries and eight Holocaust sites to produce the film. The trip was made in conjunction with DCC’s Holocaust Study Abroad class facilitated by Dr. Werner Steger, head of the College’s History, Government and Economics department. The title of the film, Civil Courage, is a term used to describe people who stood up to the Nazi regime and helped Jews, often losing their own lives in the process.

“It was very tough to be in those locations, as opposed to just reading about them in history books,” said D’Adamo. “It was a very overwhelming trip.”

Each of the students has since transferred to a four-year school, but they all attended the film festival in Vancouver.

For more information, contact Dana Weidman at (845) 431-8612.