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March 13, 2012 - 11:36 PDT

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CHICAGO, IL (March 13, 2012) - The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej, the award-winning 37-minute documentary short on Polish Catholic artist and Auschwitz survivor Marian Kolodziej by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jason A. Schmidt, will screen at the University of San Francisco's 10th annual Human Rights Film Festival at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 30, announced Fr. Ron Schmidt, the producer of the short from December 2nd Productions which was recently named 2012 Notable Video by the American Library Association, received the 2012 SIGNIS International Award for Best Documentary and named Best Documentary-Spiritual Section, 2012 Dhaka International Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Labyrinth screens at USF's Presentation Theater, University of San Francisco's School of Education, 2350 Turk Blvd. San Francisco, CA. The Labyrinth screening is free and open to the public. For further information, visit: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff/. The Labyrinth has screened at 20 US and international film festivals to date.

The Labyrinth is the recipient of the following awards, prizes and honors: Grand Prix (2011 Magnificat Film Festival; Minsk, Belarus); Best Short Documentary (2011 Ventura Film Festival); two 2011 Silver Telly Awards (use of music and cinematography); The Reel Rose Award for Best Short Film (2011 John Paul II Film Festival; Miami, FL); The Redemptive Storytelling Award (2011 Redemptive Film Festival; Newport News, VA); Honorable Mention Award (2011 Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival; Los Angeles, CA); 2012 SIGNIS International Award for Best Documentary and Best Documentary, Spiritual Section, 2012 Dhaka International Film Festival (Dhaka, Bangladesh); 2012 Notable Video - American Library Association.

The Labyrinth documentary short received its world premiere at the International Documentary Association's 14th Annual DocuWeeks™ Shorts 2010 Theatrical Documentary Showcase, Hollywood and has screened at 20 US and international film festivals to date, including: 2010 Boston Film Festival; 2010 Polish Film Festival of America (Los Angeles, CA); 2010 Plus Camerimage Film Festival (Poland); 2011 Redemptive Film Festival (Newport News, VA); 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival; 2011 Boulder International Film Festival (Boulder, CO); 2011 Peace on Earth Film Festival (Chicago, IL); 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival (Beverly Hills, CA); 2011 Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel), 2011 John Paul II Film Festival (Miami, FL); 2011 Palm Springs Intl. ShortFest, 2011 Religion Today Film Festival (Trent, Italy); 2011 Magnificat Film Festival, (Minsk, Belarus); 2011 Gdansk Film Festival (Gdansk, Poland) 2011 Polish Film Festival (Buffalo, NY); 2012 Whitehead International Film Festival (Claremont, CA); 2012 Dhaka International Film Festival (Dhaka, Bangladesh); 2012 University of San Francisco Human Rights Film Festival.

"I built Auschwitz...because I arrived in the first transport." Memory, art and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Marian Kolodziej, prisoner number 432, was 17 and on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz on June 14, 1940. Kolodziej, a Polish Catholic, survived five years imprisonment and never spoke of his experience until after a serious stroke in 1993. He began physical rehabilitation by doing pen and ink drawings depicting his memories of that horrific experience at Auschwitz 50 years earlier.

Kolodziej's drawings and art installations, which he called The Labyrinth, fill the large basement of a church near Auschwitz. In The Labyrinth, Kolodziej takes the audience on a journey through his drawings and art installations. Through the blending of his testimony and graphic drawings, we explore the memories and nightmares that were buried for years. The documentary is eyewitness testimony to the horrors of Auschwitz that is unique in the annals of documenting the Holocaust. Marian Koldziej's story of survival and persistence, of life before, during, and after Auschwitz is a testament to courage, the power of faith and the resilience of the human spirit.

Filmmaker Jason Schmidt notes: "Once I saw footage of Mr. Kolodziej's artwork in a documentary I previously edited, I knew I needed to make a film about his artwork, his life and The Labyrinth. My goal was to immerse the audience in The Labyrinth and ultimately they would walk out of the theater as enriched in spirit, as I was, after 'experiencing' The Labyrinth. We shot for a total of 8 days in The Labyrinth on two separate trips. Marian kept adding new drawings every month. One major challenge in editing was selecting the drawings to use, since there are probably over 300 total drawings in the Labyrinth. All of them were compelling and there was a story behind each one."

Schmidt continues: "During interviews, Mr. Kolodziej would tell us that his art should stand by itself with no explanation and then he would start to tell us about the drawings we were standing in front of. Another challenge was insuring that the lighting was correct to capture the dungeon-like feel of the basement. Mr. Kolodziej installed hanging light bulbs similar to ones found in the barracks in Auschwitz-Birkenau and we wanted to preserve that same kind of eerie lighting while at the same time getting proper light for the drawings. Although conditions were not ideal, we felt we captured the essence of The Labyrinth and the drawings."

Marian Kolodziej, former Auschwitz Concentration Camp prisoner number 432, was born in Raszków, Poland on December 6, 1921. After the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939, he joined the ZWZ (Union of Armed Struggle). On May 14, 1940, while preparing to illegally cross the Polish border he was arrested in Krakow and imprisoned. He was transferred to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the first transport, on June 14, 1940. In the camp, he was assigned to various labor details. After falling ill, he was transferred to a sub-camp outside of Auschwitz, where he made clandestine copies of blueprints of the armaments factory for the resistance movement. He was sentenced to death for this, sent back to Auschwitz and confined to a basement cell in Block No.11 and miraculously escaped death. He survived there until the end of 1944, when he was transferred to Gross-Rosen as part of the Nazi evacuation of the camps, also known as the "death march." He was subsequently moved to Buchenwald, Germany then to Mauthausen, Austria, where he was liberated on May 6, 1945.

Returning to Poland, Kolodziej enrolled at the Fine Arts Academy in Krakow and graduated with a degree in stage design. As his artistic career developed, he went to work at the "Coast" theatre in Gdansk as a stage designer. He also designed sets and costumes for other theatres and films in Poland and abroad. He never returned to his camp experiences in either his stage designs or his art. After nearly fifty years of silence, Kolodziej suffered a debilitating stroke in 1993. During his rehabilitation, he asked to be given a pencil and he began to draw images of his memories of his time in the camps. He died October 13, 2009.

The Labyrinth is written, directed, edited and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jason A. Schmidt who co-directed and co-produced Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience, a short documentary that won the Redemptive Storytelling Award. Schmidt also co-directed and edited the award-winning feature documentary, On the Line, a feature length documentary on the protest against the U.S. School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA which features Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon. He was film editor and music editor on the award-winning feature documentary In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz. He is the recipient of three Silver Telly Awards. Schmidt founded December 2nd Productions in 2004 to develop and produce documentaries in collaboration with his father and producer, Ron Schmidt, SJ.

The Labyrinth Producer Ron Schmidt, SJ is a Jesuit priest and award-winning international documentary filmmaker whose films include: Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience, a short documentary that won the Redemptive Storytelling Award; On The Line, a feature length documentary on the protest against the U.S. School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA; In Spite of Darkness, on the annual Auschwitz non-denominational retreat and numerous other short documentary films. Two of his films were awarded Silver Telly's for best in their categories and all three films have secured international distribution. He also produced a project on the American Zen Buddhist Bernie Glassman, Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life that Matters. Schmidt, along with his director son, Jason, is partnered in December 2 Productions to develop and produce documentaries.

The Labyrinth creative team also includes 2-time Academy Award-winning film editor Arthur Schmidt (Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit) as Executive Producer and Gregory J. Schmidt, SOC as Director of Photography. The Schmidts come from a long line of Hollywood filmmakers - their father / grandfather was the distinguished, Oscar-nominated film editor, Arthur P. Schmidt, best known for editing such classic films as Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, Sabrina and Sayonara, among many others.

Composer Marek Żebrowski, born in Poland, has collaborated with film director David Lynch and their album of free improvisations, Polish Night Music, was released in April of 2008. Recognized as a composer with a catalog of orchestral and chamber works, piano compositions and transcriptions, and film and stage scores, Mr. Żebrowski has received commissions from Meet the Composer and The New England String Quartet, among others. Mr. Żebrowski resides in Los Angeles and serves as the Program Director for the Polish Music Center at USC and the Artistic Director of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, California. Mr. Żebrowski is a Steinway Artist. His two books, Paderewski in California and Celebrating Chopin and Paderewski, will be published in 2010.

ABOUT DECEMBER 2nd PRODUCTIONS
December 2nd Productions was founded by Jason A. Schmidt in October 2004 to produce his first award-winning documentary On the Line. Since its founding, December 2nd has produced a variety of film and video projects, including 6 public service announcements with Martin Sheen, several music videos, and the award-winning short documentary Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience. December 2nd is in production on the feature documentary "432" http://www.432film.com. The company is currently in the process of developing several short and feature length narrative films. With an extensive background in film and music, December 2nd Productions and its crew are involved from development to distribution.

For more information on The Labyrinth, visit: www.thelabyrinthdocumentary.com

For more information on the University of San Francisco's 2012 Human Rights Film Festival, visit: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff/.

Contact

Frank Tobin PR
http://thelabyrinthdocumentary.com
IL, 60640 US
Francis Tobin - President / Owner, 3236613720

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The Labyrinth, Marian Kolodziej, Polish Catholic artist, Auschwitz survivor, Human Rights Film Fest

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July 31, 2014 - 8:33 PDT

FORBES Ranks Franciscan University Among America's Top Colleges
Franciscan University of Steubenville
July 31, 2014 - 6:38 PDT

Conference Focuses On Courage to Defend the Church
Franciscan University of Steubenville
July 30, 2014 - 10:28 PDT

2 million reach out to Heartbeat's option line
July 30, 2014 - 9:38 PDT

Conference Sheds Light on Scripture through Prayer
Franciscan University of Steubenville
July 29, 2014 - 10:25 PDT

The CatholicTV Network Announces Programming in Honor of the Celestine Year
July 29, 2014 - 9:29 PDT

Renowned Bishop Named as Founding Member of Birth Choice Health Clinics National Advisory Board
Beyond Fifteen Communications
July 28, 2014 - 1:54 PDT

Religious Educators Learn How to Keep Christ at the Heart of the New Evangelization
Franciscan University of Steubenville
July 23, 2014 - 8:02 PDT

Fifth Centenary Celebration Unifies Faithful through Spirituality, Technology and Music
Estipona Group
July 22, 2014 - 3:15 PDT

Youth Conference Brings Teens 'Face to Face' With God
Franciscan University of Steubenville
July 17, 2014 - 12:59 PDT

Provocative music-driven love story to contend in year of faith films
July 17, 2014 - 12:44 PDT

Media Advisory: Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
July 17, 2014 - 6:38 PDT

The CatholicTV Network Honors National NFP Awareness Week
July 16, 2014 - 12:59 PDT

Leading Catholic Church law judge and bishops support Catholics faithful to spouses after divorce
Mary's Advocates
July 12, 2014 - 7:03 PDT

Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. Announces Catholic Coalition Partnership, Inaugural Build Event
July 08, 2014 - 11:51 PDT

Liguori Publications Buys Franciscan Media's Parish Resources
Liguori Publications
July 07, 2014 - 5:00 PDT

Pauline Books & Media 2014 CPA Awards
Pauline Books & Media
July 03, 2014 - 12:54 PDT

Free listing of church music job openings on Facebook
Frog Music Press
July 01, 2014 - 5:28 PDT

CMA doctors hail Supreme Court mandate ruling, decry ongoing targeting of faith community
Christian Medical Association
June 30, 2014 - 8:02 PDT

Cheering free speech Supreme Court decision
Christian Medical Association
June 26, 2014 - 8:05 PDT

Experience the beauty of Mary of Nazareth
June 26, 2014 - 7:23 PDT

Diocese of Ferns Ireland takes Worldpriest to its heart
Worldpriest
June 25, 2014 - 2:20 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Air Pallium Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
June 24, 2014 - 7:00 PDT

Conference to Stir Up 'The Courage to Be Catholic'
Franciscan University of Steubenville
June 21, 2014 - 10:08 PDT

Simple Woman Powerful Faith
Worldpriest
June 19, 2014 - 6:29 PDT

A fresh look at Fatima
Leonine Publishers
June 14, 2014 - 7:40 PDT

The Promise, Purpose, and Power of the Holy Spirit: Catholic Charismatic Conference 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville
June 13, 2014 - 10:20 PDT

Dedicated Catholics recognized by RENEW International for Outstanding Service
RENEW International
June 11, 2014 - 12:35 PDT

LIVE WEB EVENT WITH PATRICK MADRID
Image Books/Random House
June 10, 2014 - 9:04 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to air Coverage of the USCCB Spring General Assembly
The CatholicTV Network
June 10, 2014 - 8:06 PDT

Walsh University Honors Winners in Catholic Schools Week National Photo Contest
Walsh University
June 09, 2014 - 8:38 PDT

Pope Francis Imparts Apostolic Blessing to Fifth Annual Global Rosary Relay For Priests
Worldpriest
June 06, 2014 - 8:21 PDT

Media Advisory - PBS to air special on Benedictines of Mary's hit album Lent at Ephesus
Carmel Communications
June 02, 2014 - 11:43 PDT

Catholic Organists finally get their own hymn book.
Frog Music Press
May 30, 2014 - 9:47 PDT

Survey Points to Growing Impact of Franciscan University Youth Conferences on Priestly Vocations
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 30, 2014 - 6:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout the U.S. this weekend
May 29, 2014 - 8:35 PDT

RENEW International's Spanish Publication Recognized for Excellence
RENEW International
May 28, 2014 - 8:45 PDT

Scott Hahn's Angels and Saints Blog Tour: May 27 - June 7
Image Books/Random House
May 26, 2014 - 3:41 PDT

Franciscan University Chancellor Honored by Christendom College
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:09 PDT

Six Franciscan University Graduates to Enter Seminary, Religious Orders
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 23, 2014 - 6:02 PDT

Israel welcome Pope Francis with special stamp sheet
Israel Postal Company
May 22, 2014 - 11:58 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to air coverage of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land
May 20, 2014 - 12:58 PDT

Renowned boys of St. Paul's Choir School ink international recording deal with AimHigher Recordings
May 19, 2014 - 7:12 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Air Ordinations to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston
The CatholicTV Network
May 16, 2014 - 7:55 PDT

Damon Owens to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:54 PDT

The Catholic University of America Baccalaureate Mass to air LIVE on The CatholicTV Network
May 15, 2014 - 7:32 PDT

Clean comedy cleans up at box office
May 13, 2014 - 12:59 PDT

Cardinal, Bishop, and EWTN CEO Address the Class of 2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville
May 13, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Saint Benedict Press Named Exclusive Publisher for Catholic Scirpture Study International
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
May 12, 2014 - 1:40 PDT

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 12, 2014 - 7:53 PDT

'MOMS' NIGHT OUT' DEBUTS TODAY: MOM-COM FOR THE WHOLE FAM NO. 3 IN TICKET PRE-SALES
Carmel Communications
May 09, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

SoulCore Founders to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 08, 2014 - 11:57 PDT

It's now or never to build a just and humane society
May 08, 2014 - 8:50 PDT

3 Nat'l Catholic Leaders Elected to Nonprofit Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 08, 2014 - 8:46 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
May 07, 2014 - 10:48 PDT

Father Rocky Hoffman to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 06, 2014 - 9:59 PDT

Catholic Novel Wins National Secular Award
Little Flower Strategies
May 05, 2014 - 12:53 PDT

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II
The CatholicTV Network
May 05, 2014 - 9:58 PDT

Nat'l Catholic Leader Frank Hanna Joins Catholic Leadership Inst. Board of Directors
Catholic Leadership Institute
May 02, 2014 - 6:24 PDT

Father Jim Martin to Appear on The CatholicTV Network
The CatholicTV Network
May 01, 2014 - 9:56 PDT

TAN Books Named Exclusive Publisher for Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Saint Benedict Press, LLC/TAN Books
April 30, 2014 - 11:31 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Denver and Colorado Springs
April 30, 2014 - 10:39 PDT

What happens when you realize that God's not dead?
April 29, 2014 - 10:20 PDT

CAMPAIGN FOR AWARD-WINNING CATHOLIC DOCUMENTARY LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER
April 28, 2014 - 12:20 PDT

World Apostolate of Fatima Co-Hosting Marian Eucharistic Conference
April 28, 2014 - 4:31 PDT

Veritas Conference Champions Authentic Religious Freedom
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 26, 2014 - 10:18 PDT

Walsh University Hosts Spring Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, May 4 Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love to Keyn
Walsh University
April 24, 2014 - 9:38 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in San Francisco
April 24, 2014 - 7:22 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air throughout South Carolina
April 24, 2014 - 7:19 PDT

Franciscan University Solidifies Ties With Historic Landmark- Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu
Franciscan University of Steubenville
April 23, 2014 - 7:26 PDT

FOUR PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA TITLES AMONG ACP AWARD FINALISTS
Pauline Books & Media
April 22, 2014 - 2:14 PDT

Picking Up Where John Paul II Left Off
Saint Luke Productions
April 22, 2014 - 11:12 PDT

Concert Series Concludes with Let's Sing!
April 22, 2014 - 6:14 PDT

Saint Faustina Drama Comes to Historic Baltimore Church
April 21, 2014 - 7:18 PDT

Massive Online Open Seminar on Women Deacons June 9-July 8, 2014
Hofstra University
April 20, 2014 - 8:27 PDT

Irish Indie Chart Topper for Good Friday 2014
One By One Ministries
April 17, 2014 - 3:06 PDT

Dr. Ben Carson Praises Vitae's 'Compassionate' Efforts
Vitae Foundation
April 17, 2014 - 1:28 PDT

Akron General Hosptial namesWalsh University Student is 2014 Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year
Walsh University
April 17, 2014 - 6:58 PDT

'Life as a Sister'--A Unique Website Goes Live
Sisters of Bon Secours
April 16, 2014 - 1:21 PDT

The CatholicTV Network to Provide Canonization Coverage
The CatholicTV Network
April 16, 2014 - 8:18 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Montana
April 15, 2014 - 10:47 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in South Dakota
April 15, 2014 - 10:45 PDT

Media Advisory - Messenger of the Truth documentary to air in Oklahoma
April 15, 2014 - 10:44 PDT

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