Stories like this come along once in a generation. And the story behind our proposed film is perhaps one of the greatest of the generation of our parents and grandparents who valiantly fought tyranny and oppression during the hard years of the Second World War in Greece.
But ours isn’t one of resistance, sabotage and bombs and bullets– against the occupier. “No Man is an Island” is a story of soft power– the victory of humanity over hatred; and, compassion over cruelty.
Our short film will tell the story– the survival story that is unique in all of Europe– of the only Jewish community that didn’t lose a single soul during the Holocaust. It is a story of heroism that needs to be told– not only for future generations, but for the current one.
The script– already called a “masterpiece” by some of the top names in Hollywood who have read it, was written by British screenwriter Mia Christou and the team we are assembling to make the film is of international caliber. (Updates to follow so pls follow our campaign!)
Producers Gregory Pappas and Steven Priovolos, with Hollywood producer and advisor of this project, Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Although it happened seventy years ago, the message is timeless and resonates with contemporary society. Our film will educate and inspire a new generation and generations to come by making our history relevant.
Most importantly, this film will share a largely unknown and untold story of how two men and 35,000 citizens of a Greek Island stood on the side of goodness and humanity and stared evil in the face.
“No Man is an Island” is a film that must be made. It is a story that must be told. With your help, this can become a reality.
The 15th century synagogue of Etz Hayim on the island of Crete– a potential location for our shooting since it matches the architecture of the period
Our budget is more than $165,000 to shoot the short film in Greece and ultimately submit it to festivals throughout the world. We have already raised half of this budget from major donors from a community of people around the world, like you!
This Kickstarter campaign is designed to raise $25,000 and build a bigger army of support for this project. Remember– your support is tax-deductible. The Greek America Foundation is a non-profit organization.
The project and the story of the Jews of Zakynthos has already generated international attention and media publicity in Greece, the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond in major newspapers and media outlets. The story was even the topic of conversation between the Prime Ministers of Greece and Israel recently when the two met.
Shalom Life, Canada’s largest online Jewish publication
Kathimerini, one of Greece’s top daily newspapers
Gregory Pappas & Steven Priovolos
PS: We are grateful for the support we’ve received from our friends for this and other projects already. This year, we successfully completed our “Greeks of Hollywood” Kickstarter campaign that involved the exhibition of an important collection of memorabilia. This exhibition is now in the process of being digitized and transformed into a website for the entire world to see. Estimated delivery of the Greeks of Hollywood website is Summer 2014.