Documentary Showcase Presents Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child

Top Quote Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child tells the story of what happens when an Austrian artist collaborates with an Israeli opera company to stage a piece that explores the treatment of children during the Holocaust. Airs Saturday, 22 January at 9pm ET/PT on Scientology Network. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) January 13, 2022 - Scientology Network's DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE, the weekly series providing a platform for Independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents the award-winning documentary Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child on a special night and time: Saturday, 22 January 2022, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

    DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE regularly airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Scientology Network.

    For celebrated Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, the child is a symbol of innocence—a symbol he uses to communicate a powerful and compelling message of innocence lost. For Israel's most celebrated playwright, Hanoch Levin, innocence is portrayed in the measured breaths of a sleeping child moments before waking up to a nightmare.

    Such is the collaboration featured in Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child, a film that captures the creative process as two titans of art—one where breathtaking visuals complement profound storytelling—come together to bring this awe-inspiring production to the stage.

    Produced and directed by Lisa Kirk Colburn, Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child captures the drama leading up to the world premiere of a controversial Israeli opera.

    Colburn conveys why she set about making the film about art:

    "The universal themes in The Dreaming Child are about survival, about freedom.… What I hope to achieve is that you're moved to want to seek out more art, [because] I can't think of a better way of understanding culture than through art."

    Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child was an Official Selection at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the ReelHeART International Film Festival and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

    Lisa Kirk Colburn is a writer/director/producer who produced the feature-length documentary Sacred Stage: The Mariinsky Theater in 2005, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Lincoln Center in New York City before playing to worldwide audiences. Lisa directed, produced and executive produced the feature-length documentary Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Documentary Association.

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