““Baba Babee Skazala” [“Grandmother Told Grandmother”], a documentary film by Verona resident, and first-time filmmaker, Matej Silecky, will have its world premiere at the Fall 2018 New Jersey Film Festival on Sunday, October 7 at 7 p.m.”
Check out this event at the Carpe Diem Club to learn more about Baba Babee Skazala! Of you aren't in the area, but would like more information about a presentation to your group or club, just CONTACT US via the form here.
The article provides an important perspective on why understanding the history of World War II and the DP Camp experience is relevant today.
Our team continues to film interviews for the archives at the Ukrainian Museum Archives, Cleveland, Ohio. However, we know that sharing these experiences with a broader audience will be better achieved through film and digital media projects. After searching, we jumped in to working with Karen Everett of New Doc Editing. Karen was an instructor at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, which has a well-regarded documentary program, so it was a natural fit for our Director, Matej Silecky. Karen's fresh perspective and spot-on scheduling is a great asset to Baba Babee Skazala!
Matej Silecky & Evan Yee continued on to Cleveland, Ohio and the surrounding areas, including Parma, Ohio - the Ukrainian Village. Our time in the Cleveland area was jam-packed with interviews, location filming, visits with old friends and a fabulous opportunity to review materials at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives and interview their resident scholar, Andrew Fedynsky. We are very grateful for the support & assistance being provided by the Ukrainian Museum-Archives, and definitely recommend you visit it if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed! Many thanks also to Matej's Babcia for helping with local logistics.
After this hectic week & summer of travel, Evan returned to LA & Matej returned to NJ for the first time in months. It is time to organize our footage & plan filming for the next group of interviews.
Matej Silecky & Evan Yee returned to Denver, to reunite with interviewees & supporters there. The goal: to learn about collecting mushrooms first hand, while it was in season - an activity learned in Ukraine, continued in Germany & in the United States. While we were working, this activity made for a fun couple of days & we learned so much! Thank yous go out to the Figlus family for making this an awesome adventure!
I traveled from Berkeley, CA to Los Angeles, CA, where Evan Yee & I worked with some great friends to film interviews & events at the Ukrainian Culture Center in Los Angeles. A Huge thank you to the Chaikovskys for their support & assistance in all the arrangements for this trip. Without them, it would not have been the success it was!
I received word that "Baba Babee Skazala" is approved as a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions in support of "Baba Babee Skazala" are payable to IDA and are tax deductible as allowed by law.
IDA will administer all funds received in behalf of "Baba Babee Skazala" and exercise financial oversight to assure that funds are spent for their designated purpose.