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The Labyrinth receives World Premiere on August 13 at DocuWeeks 2010

7/27/2010 - 9:27 AM PST

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The Labyrinth receives world premiere on August 13th at IDA's 14th Annual
DocuWeeks™ Shorts 2010 Theatrical Documentary Showcase (Los Angeles, CA)

(Hollywood, CA (July 27, 2010) - The Labyrinth, a 37-minute documentary short on Polish artist and Auschwitz survivor Marian Kolodziej by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jason A. Schmidt, will receive its world premiere on Friday, August 13th at 7:55 PM at ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood. The Labyrinth will screen as part of the International Documentary Association's 14th Annual DocuWeeks™ Shorts 2010 Theatrical Documentary Showcase which qualifies it for consideration for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' annual Oscar® Awards.

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 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.

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. 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. 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, COS 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.

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 the award-winning short documentary Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience. December 2nd is in production on the feature documentary "432"

Screening from July 30th through August 19th in Los Angeles at the ArcLight Hollywood (6360 W. Sunset Boulevard) and in New York City at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue), the 2010 edition of DocuWeeks™ will present 17 feature films and 5 shorts in theatrical runs designed to qualify the films for consideration for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' annual Oscar® Awards.

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