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Esther Podemski produced and directed House of the World , a documentary film about the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shot in Poland, the film premiered at Lincoln Center in 1999. Since then, it has been screened in Europe, traveled throughout the United States with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and screened at the LA International Jewish Film Festival and numerous colleges. As a painter, Esther Podemski has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in public and private collections. She won a painting fellowship from the New York State Council on the Arts and twice participated in the Yaddo residency program. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Parsons School of Design in New York and visual arts at Sarah Lawrence College.

Babara Guetti, Writer, is Associate Professor of English at Portland State University in Oregon. Dr. Guetti received her BA from Radcliffe College, her MA from Columbia, and her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She has taught at Rutgers, Queens College CUNY, Yale, Simon's Rock, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Reed College, and the University of Oregon. Her articles have appeared in Yale French Studies , Diacritic s, and Modern Language Notes , and more recently in a college textbook on literary theory, Contexts for Criticism .

John Campbell, Director of Photography, is a native of Portland, Oregon. He is perhaps best known for his work with Gus Van Sant, having worked as co-director of photography on Van Sant's Mala Noche (1985), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993). John also served as director of photography for Michael Tolkin's The New Age (1994), Anthony Drazan's Imaginary Crimes (1994), Stephen Gyllenhaal's Shattered Mind (1996) , Clare Peploe's Rough Magic (1997, and two oscar-nominated short films, Peter Weller's Partners (1994) and Griffin Dunne's The Duke of Groove (1995). John's cinematography was also be seen in Reach the Rock, written and produced by John Hughes and directed by William Ryan (1999), and Alan Jacobs' Just One Night (2000).I n 1999 John directed The Making of Drugtore Cowboy for the Artisan Entertainment DVD release of Drugstore Cowboy, and in 2000 he directed a short film entitled Confessions.

George Hood, the Film Editor, has worked on a wide range of documentary and feature films as director, editor and sound designer. He edited and co-directed two films that were aired on public television: Honey Coles--The Class Act of Tap , and The Builders of Timberline , which won a gold metal for historical documentary from the Houston International Film Festival. He has also edited two feature films: Shadowplay And Wee Sing Presents King Cole's Party . He was sound designer for the Columbia River Discovery Center in the Pacific Northwest; this year he is editing a film for the Northwest Creative Conference, and completing a radio program for National Public Radio about the life of Artie Shaw.

The Polish Film Crew who assisted on location are all affiliates of the Lodz Film School. They are: Maciej Karwas, Sound Engineer; Abyszek Bonczyk, Assistant Cameraman, who has worked on many documentary films in Poland; and Jarek Falinski, Interpreter, who has directed several Polish feature films.

Photo Credits
John Campbell, still photographs
Kasia Gruda, still photographs