In the summer of 2015, the European Maccabi Games (also known as the Jewish Olympics) were held in Germany for the first time since the Second World War at the Waldbühne Stadium, site of Hitler’s infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics. This symbolic moment is captured in the documentary feature, “Back to Berlin”, which follows eleven modern day motor bikers on a mission to carry the Maccabiah torch, and fly the Israeli flag from Tel Aviv to Berlin.
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Catherine Lurie-Alt is a film producer and journalist based in London. She was the youngest investigative journalist ever appointed to the Business section of the Sunday Times in South Africa. Currently she is the European Correspondent for the New York-based TV Channel JBS and is a member of the Foreign Press Association. Catherine conceived the idea of Back to Berlin after working as a correspondent covering the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she found, produced and directed five other human interest stories. Catherine has had a long association with the Maccabiah. She joined the Committee of 18 in LA in 2011 and the Board of Trustees for Maccabi World Union (MWU) in 2013. She is also a UK member of the European Jewish Parliament. Her company, Luria Media, is developing and producing multimedia projects focusing on subjects relating to humanitarian causes and foreign politics.
Larry King is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognised with awards including 2 Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. He currently hosts Larry King Now and Politicking with Larry King on Hulu and RT America.
Julian started as an Assistant Editor with directors as diverse as Nic Roeg, Peter Greenaway & Ridley Scott. He was an Associate Editor on “A Brief History of Time” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1992. He recently completed cutting with Terry Jones on “Absolutely Anything” starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale and Robin Williams in his final role. Past films include “The Walker” for Paul Schrader and “The Secret of Moonacre” directed by Gabor Csupo. He has edited a variety of documentaries, all of which have been nominated for awards. He was the editor for one episode of “Long Way Down”. In 2011 Julian edited the pilot for the 2014 TV BAFTA winner “Long Lost Family”. He was part of the multi Emmy nominated 2013 series “The Bible”.
Michael composed and produced the score for Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed drama “Gran Torino,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. He also wrote the original scores for many of Eastwood’s films, including “Invictus” and “Million Dollar Baby”. He scored “An Unlikely Weapon”, which won Best Documentary at the 2009 Avignon Film Festival. In 2010 Michael wrote the score for the documentary “Pieds Nus Sur Les Limaces”, which received the art cinema award in Cannes. His work also includes the French Thriller “Dans La Tourmente” and “Medecin Chef”. His work with the Italian director Bruno Oliviero in “La Variabile Humana” was chosen for the opening night of The Locarno Film Festival. As a songwriter, Michael has written and produced songs for Charlotte Gainsbourg, Petula Clark and Helene Segara.
Rosa is an award-winning producer and director: her experience ranges from creative to logistical, and she has taken on projects of different strands of the film industry from any stage. Rosa started her career as a theatre Assistant Director and Light Designer but soon moved in the film industry working as First Assistant Director with established Italian independent filmmakers. Rosa has gone on to become an accomplished Producer, with some of her films selected to participate in international festivals. Her titles include “Capo Nord”, “Le Vite degli Altri”, “Borges and I”, and “May I Kill U”. Her directorial debut, the documentary “Everyday But Sunday” won the 2010 Unicef Award at OETI. She is also working on her next feature documentary “OneGirl”, which has been awarded the development fund by Media Programme.
Phelim is a journalist, film producer and director based in L.A. For his last film, “Fracknation”, McAleer bypassed traditional funding methods turning to crowd- funding website Kickstarter where 3,305 backers donated $212,265. Phelim is also the director and producer of the feature documentary “Not Evil Just Wrong” and “Mine Your Own Business”. McAleer has also worked on documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). As a journalist he covered the Northern Ireland Troubles during the height of the conflict and was also a reporter for the UK Sunday Times, the Financial Times and The Economist covering post-communist eastern Europe.
Peter has reported, directed and produced over 250 documentaries embracing development and social issues, history, science, the arts, human rights, faith and topical issues. He earned his first credit as a television director for Irish TV in 1987. Issues of the developing world have been prominent in Peter’s work and a 1996 documentary on Liberian refugees won the UCIP International Award for Solidarity with Refugees. Other international awards for documentaries directed by Peter include a Silver Screen Award from the US International Film and Video Festival (2010), The Prestige Gold Award (2012) and the Accolade Award of Merit (2013). Peter continues to produce and direct documentary TV series and singles and his work has been broadcast worldwide on stations as diverse as CNN and Al Jazeera.