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      'The Upside Down Book' documentary has been licensed by Discovery for broadcast in Poland.  (2016)
Thanks again to our wonderful distribution rep, Andrea at Canamedia!   
 
         
      'The Upside Down Book' documentary has been broadcast on the History Channel in Australia and New Zealand.  (2015)
Thank you to our wonderful distribution rep, Andrea at Canamedia!    
 
         
    JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival in Rochester, NY hosts a screening of 'The Upside Down Book' documentary.
Positive reponse from the audience!  Thank you for the supportive comments!  Enjoyed the Q&A with wine and cheese following the showing of the film.
 
  Director, Matthew White & Writer, Hinda Mandell with their daughter at the screening      
         
    Kingston Film Festival has officially accepted "The Upside Down Book," to be shown at the festival.
What a nice surprise!  Festival runs August 14, 2014 to August 17, 2014.
 
         
    'The Upside Down Book' has been accepted to screen in the Hoboken International Film Festival in New Jersey
May 30, 2014 to June 5, 2014
Another great opportunity to show our documentary to an audience!

 
         
         
 


Dr. Hinda Mandell, Dr. Elena Sommers & Matthew White
  'The Upside Down Book' film screened as part of 'The Globe at the Movies Symposium' at Rochester Institute of Technology
April 24, 2014
Thank you for the wonderful feedback and Q&A from the audience!  A big thank you to Dr. Elena Sommers who hosted the event and choose our documentary to be one of the films she screened!

We received the following written feedback from audience members.
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"I have just had the extreme privilege of seeing my colleague Hinda Mandell's documentary 'The Upside Down Book'. It is such a great tale of family, family lore and ultimately understanding both our history and our current selves. Well done Hinda and Matthew White - I sincerely hope others in Rochester will get the chance to see this at somewhere like The Little Theatre."

-Mike Johansson, Lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology

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"My name's Dylan and I was at the Global Film Symposium earlier today. I just wanted to email you and tell you how much I loved the documentary. The Upside Down Book was one of the best films I've ever seen. Your family history is so interesting and I loved how the documentary grew from a retelling of history to a story about people.  It was a pleasure watching it this morning!"

-Dylan Konn, MA Student in Anthropology at University at Buffalo
 
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' winner of 2 Telly Awards
The documentary received Telly Awards for both Documentary and Movie Trailer.  A pleasant surprise!
 
         
    'The Upside Down Book' screened at the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival in Detroit
The documentary was shown at the festival on April 27, 28 & May 4, 2014.  The film festival was held at the Jewish Community Center in Detroit, Michigan.  The documentary screening had an incredible audience attendance! Around 250-300 people attended the screening. The film's writer, researcher and producer, Hinda Mandell, received the VIP treatment from the festival. She was hosted by the festival for a Q&A with the audience during a dinner following the screening of the film. Our best screening so far, with great feedback from the audience!
 
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' awarded Best Documentary at the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival
The documentary screening was held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 as part of the Concord, New Hampshire festival.
 
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida
The Upside Down Book documentary screened at 4 theater locations around Ft. Lauderdale Florida as part of the festival.  Screenings took place on November 5,6,7 & 10, 2013.  Director, Matt White participated in Q&A with audiences on Nov 5th & 6th.  The photos on the left are of two of the four festival theaters where the documentary was shown.  The other theaters included Cinema Paradiso Lauderdale and Sunrise Civic Center theater.  Additional photos here
 
  FLIFF 'Muvico' Festival Theater      
       
  FLIFF 'Cinema Paradiso Hollywood' Festival Theater      
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' screened at the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival
The documentary screening was held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 as part of the Concord, New Hampshire festival.
 
  Photo courtesy, SNOB Film Festival      
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' accepted at SNOB Film Festival
It's official, our documentary has been accepted to be shown at the "Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival," or SNOB FF for short. The festival takes place Nov. 7-Nov. 10, 2013 in New Hampshire. That's our 2nd film festival acceptance so far. Also showing at the "Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival."
 
         
         
    'The Upside Down Book' to have its world premiere in Florida
We just got word (on Aug. 17, 2013) that “The Upside Down Book” was accepted to debut at FLIFF, set to take place Oct. 18-Nov. 11, 2013 in the Sunshine State. We think this is a fitting festival for the film’s world premiere, since it was the state where “Uncle Eddie” spent the last decades of his life and where he is buried. It is also where his two sons, Michael and Aaron, and his wife, Shirley, live.
 
         
         
    Operation completion
We are so excited to announce that we completed “The Upside Down Book” at the very end of July (2013). The finished film is currently under review at more than 20 film festivals, and we submit to more festivals nearly every day! At this time we’d like to thank our generous supporters who have made significant contributions to our Kickstarter campaign. We salute you!

Eileen Billinson

Dan Candura

Alex Dunbar

Toby Dyner

Vera Fridman

Mary Anne Haley

Nat and Margaret Harrison

Lori Kahler

Ron and Carol Killian

Abbe and Danny Klein

Susan Kline

Steve Kumagai

Andrew Linshaw

Becky and Doug Mandell

Karen and Fred Mandell

Jake and Julie Mandell

Miriam Mandell

Serge Mezhburd

Dave and Patti Neumann

Meg Newhouse

Lesley and Bob Perlman

Judy and Brad Rogers

Jonathan Schroeder

Susan Waysdorf and Mary O’Melveny

Richard and Julie Waysdorf

Jamie Winebrake

Amy Young

Jim McCann
 
         
       
    Hello Post-Production
On this day – D-Day – 69 years ago (June 6, 1944), Allied Forces gained a foothold in Europe during World War II. My great uncle, Eddie Cohen, was a part of that invasion.

The film’s narrative and interviews are now fully placed on the editing timeline. After re-working the script and editing the interviews, we’ve decided to expand the film from a short documentary to a full-length feature documentary. The body of the film is now 51 minutes long.
 
  Interview subject Karen Mandell gets the editing “treatment.”      
         
         
    WWII reenactors filmed in Geneseo, N.Y.
The team behind “The Upside Down Book” spent March 30, 2013, filming Rochester-based reenactors for the documentary’s flashback scenes.

The day was brisk. The sun was shining. The military uniforms were crisp. And the re-enactors, including Scott Thompson, Scott Clark and Alec Jarvie, worked with filmmaker Matthew White to create authentic combat scenes imagining the circumstances of how Uncle Eddie took hold of the “Mein Kampf.”

After five hours of filming at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Western New York, we’ve secured footage we’re excited to include in the upcoming film. So please stay tuned. And in the meantime, enjoy these photos – a sneak peak of what’s to come – from the shoot.
 
  Alec Jarvie plays “Uncle Eddie.”      
         
       
  Dressed in the uniform of an American soldier, Alec Jarvie is
ready to take on his role in the film.
     
         
       
  The filmmaker and reenactors in action.      
         
       
  Scott Thompson as a German soldier killed by “Uncle Eddie.”      
         
       
  Reviewing footage.      
         
       
  The film team gets ready to call it a wrap.      
         
       
  The three reenactors, from Left: Scott Thompson, Scott Clark
and Alec Jarvie.
     
         
         
    Fundraising campaign launches via Kickstarter
In December 2012 we embarked on a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. You can visit our fundraising page here.
 
         
         
    WXXI Rochester PBS features project
On Dec. 6, 2012, our documentary project was featured on the NPR radio station in Rochester, N.Y.