In this eye-opening interview, director Frank Stiefel talks about his film, “Ingelore.”
Telling the shattering story of his own mother’s assault at the hands of Nazis during WWII, Stiefel digs deep into the despair of war and family in this episode of BYOD. From the heinous inspiration for the film, to the hybrid scripted/doc format, Frank puts the pieces together for a stunning experience.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Frank Stiefel, the producer, writer and director of INGELORE has spent most of his career as a production executive in the television commercial production industry. First as the Executive Producer at Stiefel & Company and later at @Radical Media, he was responsible for the production of thousands of commercials. He also produced a number of short subject documentaries that appeared in festivals such as Telluride, Sundance and Berlin. INGELORE is the first film he has directed.
00:01 Coming up on BYOD
00:40 Welcoming Frank Stiefel
02:57 The inspiration for Ingelore.
04:44 Deciding to do reenactments.
06:10 Ingelore, Clip: “First words.”
08:22 “Why is this your directorial debut?”
11:16 Casting actors for the recreations.
12:10 The Nazis take over Berlin and Kristallnacht.
14:31 Ingelore, Clip: Kristallnacht.
17:01 Reaction to the film from deaf viewers.
19:35 Ingelore, Clip: Coming home.
21:58 Reliving the memory in the present tense and intercutting reenactment.
24:35 Picking up people for the camps.
27:05 Attending a Jewish School for the Deaf.
29:15 Time in Berlin before being taken out.
30:25 Ingelore, Clip: The train runs late.
33:59 Having to listen to the story over and over again.
36:19 Coming to America–denied a visa.
38:10 Ingelore, Clip. The face in the flag.
41:14 The process of shooting with her as a storyteller.