POLISH MASTERS

Chapters 1–10

NEW FILMS SERIES:

CINEMA, PHOTO, SOUND, MUSIC and ARTS

ONLINE

MASTERCLASS WORKSHOPS

Scenario by Marcin Latałło

POLISH MASTERS

A New Films series

“Polish masters” is a “NEW FILMS” series, a fusion of online documentaries an “onground” workshops, inspired by the greatest artists of Polish cinema, photography, sound, music, graphic arts and all others, by art directors, costumes, makeup, special effects, and production, making cinema “the most important art” – in the words of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin…  and creating film series that the participants realize during the workshops and beyond and then present to professionals around the world thanks to the Internet.

The workshops will allow film passionates to learn from the masters of the past, from David “Chim” Seymour, Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Stefan Kudelski, Lee Strasberg, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland, Krystyna Janda, Claude Lanzmann, Wojciech Kilar or Krzysztof Penderecki and other POLISH MASTERS, under the supervision of the best film professionals. At the end of each workshop, the participants will present their works, documentary, fiction or publicity, through the Internet on a dedicated Youtube channel and Webpage to a panel of experts, producers, and commissioning editors and find financing, distribution or partners for their future work.

The workshops will also allow the participants to work on the best equipment, cameras, lenses, sound recorders and post production suites, in partnerships with the best brands, under the supervision of renowned specialists, and explore together a new language for the media of the XXI Century, a fusion of cinema, photo, sound, music and graphics realized through the Internet, simply called: NEW FILMS.

CHILDREN OF WAR
The first Master Workshop will introduce us to the figure of DAVID ”CHIM” SEYMOUR, born Dawid Szymin in Warsaw in 1911, who was, along with his friends Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and Henri-Cartier Bresson, the very first photographer in history to cover armed conflict, during the Spanish Civil War, together with the Dutch Filmmaker Joris Ivens. Gerda Taro died in Spain in 1938, becoming the first woman photographer to die in battle, and Chim, Capa, Cartier-Bresson, and their friend George Roger covered World War II and founded the Magnum Photo Agency in 1947. One year later, Chim went on a mission for Unicef to photograph the “Children of Europe”, 13 million of War Orphans in 5 European Countries, including Poland, where all of his family had been murdered. Chim died in Suez in 1956.

The Second masterclass will cover World War II and the way many Polish photographers and filmmakers who captured or recreated different events of that period, from “Schindler’s List” by Steven Spielberg to “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski, with Cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Pawel Edelmann, the late Witold Sobociński and his son Piotr Sobociński, Scenographer Allan Starski, who won the Oscar, collaborated with Polanski on “The Pianist” and with Agnieszka Holland on “Europa, Europa” and on the films of the late Andrzej Wajda. Their producer Margaret Menegoz will also intervene. This Masterclass will also feature interviews and meetings with contemporary photographers like the late Krzysztof Miller, James Nachtwey, Thomas Dworzak, Peter Van Agtmael and Karol Grygoriuk, about their experience with War Photography.

The Masterclass will continue with Roman Vishniac, films like “The Photographer” by Dariusz Jablonski, about Walter Genewein, German accountant who photographed the Lodz Ghetto on his Leica, in Agfacolor, at the same time as Jewish Photographers Henryk Ross and Mendel Grossman ; and Claude Lanzmann’s documentary masterpiece “Shoah”, as well as Hollywood films like “Inglorious Bastards” by Quentin Tarantino, with cinematography by Andrzej Sekuła and costumes by Anna Shephard, director Jan Komasa and his “Warsaw 44” film, and producers Michał Kwieciński and Dominique Lesage.

S.O.S. WORLD
The second workshop will be about the urgent subject of ecology and the preservation of Nature, beginning with a workshop in Warsaw which will then continue in Ladek, at the 25th International Mountain Film Festival, where we will launch an International campaign: SOS WORLD, with Sir David Attenbourough, Leonardo di Caprio and Wim Wenders, with a series of EkoAds and films, beginning in Ladek and continuing in Bialowieza, the oldest primeval forest in Europe, at the border of Poland and Belarus, destroyed by the Polish government although it is a UNESCO Heritage Site and continue with various other initiatives around the world through the work of masters like Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry or Jimmy Nelson, all can participate in a global campaign for a GREENER WORLD. The initiative will then continue in a chain of GREEN FILMS to form a circle around the world in other festivals: Lodz, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Paris and Lyon, and many others, with support of Polish masters of photography Bogdan Dziworski, Tomasz Tomeszewski and Tomek Sikora…

A group of young talented advertising creators will participate in these “Green” Workshops, and will create short ecological ads, on new and “vintage” photo and camera equipment. The workshops will allow enthusiasts of the advertising arts to make their own films, promoting ecological behavior in their city, Warsaw, one of the most polluted in Europe, and in the world, in cooperation with scientists, activists and specialists in environmental protection.

The workshops will also be a meeting place where you can create your own team, and present your work to advertising producers and potential distributors operating on social media and the local authorities. The Participants will invent ecological social campaigns, under the guidance of advertising professionals. Young filmmakers and graduates of Film Schools will realise short films promoting a healthy lifestyle and ecological behavior to protect the planet and stop global warming, under such slogans as: Green Planet, Good Food, Stop Smog, Eko Bags, Clean Garbage, Eco Cars, any many more…

HUMAN RIGHTS
Inspired by the late Krzysztof Kieślowski and his series “The Decalogue” and the “Three Colors”, this workshop series will use the European Convention of Human Rights as the basis for short films about Human Rights and their violations in Europe today, with the participation of actresses JULIETTE BINOCHE, IRENE JACOB and JULIE DELPY. The films of Kieślowski will also introduce the participants to the POLISH SCHOOL, born in the city of Lodz, in the film school, with its masters Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Munk, Janusz Morgenstern, but also the living ones, like Roman Polański, Janusz Majewski and Jerzy Skolimowski. We will also show the influence of Kieślowski on World Cinema, with actresses like Juliette Binoche or Irène Jacob, Julie Delpy, directors Tom Tykwer, Raoul Peck or Danis Tanović and producers Marin Karmitz, Piotr Dzięcioł and his son Łukasz, Ewa Puszczyńska or the unfortunate Lew Rywin.

At the same time as the Film School was created, the graphic artists Henryk Tomaszewski and Eryk Lipiński created the Polish Poster School, continued by Jan Lenica, Roman Cieślewicz, Franciszek Starowieyski, Wiesław Rosocha or Andrzej Pągowski, which continues today with Masters Lech Majewski or Justyna Czerniakowska.

Krzysztof Kieślowski started as a documentary director, and the participants will also learn about the Polish Documentary School: reporters Ryszard Kapuściński or Hanna Krall, or contemporary journalist Mariusz Szcygiel, filmmakers Marcel Łoziński and his son Paweł Łoziński, operators Sławomir Idziak, Arthur Reinhardt and Jacek Petrycki, photographers like Marian Schmidt, Tadeusz Rolke, Zofia Rydet, or Bruno Barbey, Chris Niedenthal, Rafał Milach and the Archive of Public Protests. The participants will also study the work of set photography master Renata Pajchel or studio portraitist Zofia Nasierowska. „The Walls”, a protest song by Jacek Kaczmarski, which became the hymn of the SOLIDARNOŚĆ movement, will accompany us in this episode. The “Children of War” workshops will also be made in collaboration with Human Rights organisations like Unesco, Unicef and Amnesty International, as well as local organisations.

THE ACTOR’S STUDIO
Lee Strasberg, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, who studied under another Polish Master, theater and film director Richard Boleslawsky, a student and assistant to the great Konstantin Stanislawski himself; was the founding father of the The Actor’s Studio, and later created method acting and transmit it to Hollywood’s finest, from Marlon Brando, Marylin Monroe, James Dean, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, and many others, often invited by Theater Director and TV Host James Lipton to his Show “Inside the Actor’s Studio”… The workshops will be led by Weronika Rosati, Polish actress who studied at the Actor’s Studio, and will also feature interviews with Great Polish Actors Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwiłowicz and Daniel Olbrychski.

SHORT FILMS ABOUT FASHION
From the Liberation of Paris, when Chim, Capa and HCB met at Paris VOGUE Editor Michel de Brunhoff’s Party, to Roman Cieslewicz, creative director of ELLE Magazine in the 1960’s and 70’s, Peter Lindbergh who created Supermodels Klaudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Cambell, Jean-Loup Sieff and his daughter Sonja Sieff, to Polish Photographer Tadeusz Rolke or fashion film director Hubert Woroniecki, Jerzy Antoniak, creator of the Moda Polska brand, or Polish Stylist Barbara Hoff, this workshop will also pay homage to LOVE in all its forms through THE KISS, inspired by Robert Doisneau’s  photo, a kiss that will travel around the globe in a series of fashion films called SHORT STORIES OF LOVE.

MASTERS OF SOUND (and MUSIC):
The next episodes will present masters of the art of sound recording, through Stefan Kudelski, inventor of the NAGRA, and sound engineers Małgorzata Jaworska or Radosław Ochnio; and Masters Music in films, from many biographical films about Fryderyk Chopin to Masters like Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Zygmunt Konieczny, Jan AP Kaczmarek, Paweł Mykietyn, Zbigniew Preisner or Antoni Łazarkiewicz. All together, we will also create a SONGS4LIBERTY radio series with RADIO FREE EUROPE and other radios.

KINGS OF COMEDY:
will examine the funniest Polish Comics, beginning with Woody Allen himself to Juliusz Machulski, actors Zbigniew Zamachowski, Jerzy Stuhr and his son Maciej Stuhr, director Stanisław Bareja but also singers like the late Wojciech Młynarski or the Master of “Bande Dessinee” René Goscinny.

The participants will examine the relationship of Polish Cinema with Litterature, Theater and Art, through film directors Wojciech Has, Tadeusz Konwicki, writers Olga Tokarczuk or Andrzej Sapkowski, Theater directors Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Jarocki and Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski (Angels in America by Tony Kushner) Grzegorz Jarzyna (Festen by Thomas Vinterberg) actors like Magdalena Cielecka, Andrzej Chyra or Joanna Kulig and art with Witkacy, with contemporary masters Miroslaw Bałka, Wilhelm Sasnal, Zbigniew Libera, Zofia Kulig, Ewa Kuryluk, Natalia LL and Józef Robakowski…

We will look at the Cinema of Moral Anxiety with Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, Feliks Falk, Janusz Kijowski, Filip Bajon, Wojciech Marczewski, Andrzej Żuławski, the legendary Stanisław Latałło, actors Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr, cinematographers Jacek Petrycki, and representatives of contemporary Polish Cinema, Magdalena Łazarkiewicz, Małgosia Szumowska, Maria Sadowska, Robert Gliński, Lech Majewski… Our workshops will also look at the success of “Our Men and Women in Hollywood” with aforementioned Allan Starski, but also Cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Andrzej Bartkowiak, Sławomir Idziak, Hoyte Van Hoytema, actresses Joanna Pacula, Izabella Scorupco, but also the tragic figure of Elżbieta Czyżewska…
10. We will also look at Polish Fantasy, in literature, cinema and special effects, through masters like animator Jan Lenica or Walerian Borowczyk, Zbigniew Rybczyński who received the Oscar for his animation “Tango”, Andrzej Sapkowski who created “The Witcher”, Grzegorz Rosiński, author of “Thorgal”, Special effects wizard Tomasz Bagiński or Grzegorz Jonkajtys, make-up artist Waldemar Pokromski, animators Chris Lavis and Maciej Szczerbowski.

 

BASIC WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

 

Interviews: a meeting with the artist during a one hour masterclass in the “talking heads” convention. This material will be available on the website and will serve as the base for the pedagogical workshops.

+2. Workshops: based on the master class, a pedagogical workshop will be organized for film passionates and students or in schools (also with disabled children, in exile or orphans) under the care of professionals and educators.

 

+3. Pitchings: at the end of each workshop, the participants will get the opportunity to present their work to the master as well as a panel of selected experts and professionalists and also online, on a specific YouTube channel and dedicated website, giving them the chance to get exposure for their work as well as professional opportunities for distribution or employment.

 

= NEW FILMS: The final result will be a montage of the interview with the artist with the statements of others he influenced or who collaborated with him, as well as fragments of his works and the fruit of the artists’ cooperation with the participants, and the works of the students themselves: fiction, documentary or publicity, film, photo, audio or graphics. These will be emitted during a premiere screening at a renowned film festival, on television and on the Internet.

NEW FILMS WORKSHOP 1:

CHIM and the CHILDREN OF WAR

 

Inspired by the famous photograph “Tereska draws her home” by David “Chim” Seymour during his “Children of Europe” mission for UNESCO, the “Children of War” Master class workshops will integrate children from all backgrounds with those with mental or physical disabilities, but also refugee children who have lost their homes, their families and friends and have found shelter in Europe, as well as children from broken homes or orphans who will work together with actors, students and film stars in a common goal: make a film together.

 

The true stories of these children will serve as the basis for film, photography and screenwriting workshops leading to the realization of photo reportages and short films that will later be distributed through human rights websites and social media channels.

 

The title, “Children of War”, is a reference to the reportage made by David “Chim” Seymour, one of the founders of the Magnum Photo Agency and a photographer, who was commissioned in 1948 by the newly founded UNICEF to photograph some of the 13 milion abandoned children in Europe.

 

In our present times, there are around 250 000 refugee children, or maybe more, within the borders of Europe, and even more around its borders, our workshops are also meant as a way to organize better help for them.

 

The workshops will begin with projections of classic films and documentaries. Then, with teams composed handicapped children, together with film students, film professionals, journalists, human rights experts, and activists, will write screenplays and realize, together, with the help of film professionals and film students, short photo stories or fiction films in which professional as well as non-professional actors, famous or unknown, will play different roles inspired by their true stories, set in our present-day reality.

These film, photo and audio reportages are realized with the help of local partners, film schools, NGO’s, camera and film manufacturers and film festivals, and they will be able to reach a very large audience by being distributed through the Internet and social media, as well as through traditional channels like TV and Cinema.

 

At the beginning of the workshop, the children ask each other the 3 questions from the Kieslowski documentary “Talking heads” (1995): Who are you?” – “Why are you here?” – “What are your dreams?” and then they draw their home, that they show to the other children. There will also be screenings of classics: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid”, Andrej Tarkovski’s “Ivan’s Childhood”, Abbas Kiarostami’s Trilogy and documentaries: Marcel Lozinski’s “Everything can happen” and others on the subject of children, refugees, handicapped, orphaned or just ordinary ones.

 

The “Children of War” films will be inspired by the true stories of refugee children, but transposed into fiction, played by their friends, by young actors, and by famous actors appearing in cameos. In this way, we protect the children’s privacy and the rights to their images, at the same time creating a more positive image of who the children really are and allowing them to express their point of view on the world.

 

Photo and film professionals, students, local and refugee children, together with journalists, human rights experts, activists, assisted by psychologists, will realize short fiction films with young actors, students, and non-professional actors as well as professional film actors, celebrities and amateurs. Set in our reality, telling the true stories of the “Children of War”, the films will be produced with the help of local partners, sponsors and film schools and film festivals.

 

The “Children of War” workshops will begin in a school for handicapped children in Warsaw, where Chim made his photo of Tereska, and then continue to other places, associating as many partners as possible in a common effort to make films that will “change the images of the world to change the world…”

 

Marcin Latałło, Warsaw, September 2020