You may not know his name, but many of the movies you've seen have been influenced by his work.
Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian left his native Armenia before the World War II, in an effort to escape looming strife. He fled to France and England, where he made theater connections, before coming to the United States to work at the Eastman School of Music.
Filmmaker Marian Marzynski has been telling stories for more than a half-century, but he still has stories to tell and audiences to reach. Marzynski is considered a pioneer in the documentary form known as cinema verite.
And in his latest film is one in a series in which he has mined his own experiences. The autobiographical film, “Never Forget to Lie” is an exploration of his wartime childhood. Marzynski, who is Jewish, was hidden from Nazis by sympathetic Christians in his Polish homeland.
Last week, we talked about an effort to improve the way local government and regular people do business in Milwaukee, through better sharing of data. Another data sharing program is already underway on a larger scale, and there are lives and countries at stake.