Sarah is my niece. And she’s wildly talented. She’s had a passion for film her entire life. I showed her the insides of a camera when she was a toddler and her face dropped open, she gasped and said ‘whoaaaaa….’ as her little legs kicked in the air. I’m sure that’s what made her a brilliant filmmaker… right??
My niece has always loved costuming and history as well, so it’s no wonder she makes amazing period pieces now. She also has had to deal with a great deal. Her two younger siblings both have downs syndrome. Both. In this, her latest film, one of her leads has downs, and there’s lots of pyrotechnics as it’s a WWII movie, and I believe it’s in German as well. She’s impressive, my baby niece. But she’s not a baby any more! She’s 3! I mean, 23! She’s madly talented and a real go-getter. She’s often interviewed in the paper, she was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards for a previous film, she worked an internship for HBO, she somehow got donations to this film to be tax deductible, and is all round impressive. Would you like to see baby pictures? I’m her aunt, I can show you baby pictures.
From the film website http://www.menschenthemovie.com/:
“Menschen is an Austrian / USA co-production, from Belvedere Film, Slack Productions and Schuetzle Company. Sarah R. Lotfi first began developing the concepts for Menschen while she was in production on the award-winning WWII short The Last Bogatyr. Under the guidience of Robert von Dassanowsky, Menschen is a meticulously researched story that deals with the consequences of the Nazi’s T-4 euthanasia program and the value of life.”
At any rate, here is the trailer to her new film.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/44407508″>MENSCHEN Trailer – Bande-Annonce</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6957249″>Anastasia Cummings</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>