Buried Prayers

Buried Prayers

A scene from BURIED PRAYERS, a film directed by Steven Meyer. Picture courtesy Historical Media. All rights reserved.

Buried Prayers

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Buried Prayers (2010/2011)

Opened: 11/11/2011 Limited

Fallbrook 711/11/2011 - 11/17/20117 days
Quad Cinema/NYC11/18/2011 - 11/24/20117 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


In April and May 1943, thousands of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising were held in the Maidanek death camp. Realizing they were being selected for death, these innocent families chose to surreptitiously bury the personal objects in their possession six inches beneath the earth's surface in a collective act of courage, defiance and hope. Based upon unique witness testimony, an international team of survivors and experts from Australia, USA, Germany, Israel, Italy, and England were able to organize an archeological expedition to unearth these relic keepsakes that have remained hidden for 63 years. Over 80 significant pieces of jewelry and other items were recovered and deposited with the Maidanek State Museum, making it the largest reported recovery of valuables in a death camp to date.

About the Filmmakers

Steven Meyer (Director / Producer)

Steven Meyer is a filmmaker who began as an actor and stage manager in live theater; working with directors, Liviu Ciuli, Garland Wright, Allan Schneider, Richard Foreman, and Marshall Mason as well as actors David Wamilow, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Patti LuPone, and Val Kilmer.

A stint as an independent video artist resulted in a number of video art pieces in collaboration with Juan Downey that have been exhibited at the Whitney, MOMA, national and international museums.

As a theater director, he toured his production of "Steambath" through Midwest maximum security prisons before migrating to New York.

Steven has worked as a Producer, Director, and Designer, for Nike, Benetton, The Biosphere, Dennis Earl Moore, Edwin Schlossberg, Val Kilmer, and Laurie Anderson.

He was the High Definition/DI producer for the Henry Bean film, "The Believer", winner of the Grand Jury Award at Sundance (the first HD feature to win), the Moscow Film Festival, and the AFM Grand Palm.

He has also authored related articles on the production and post-production process for digital intermediates and delivering High Definition masters for film and television, and was a Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer for countless commercials, TV series, and features.

Steven supervised "Game 6" for director Michael Hoffman, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. He also produced the media and installation for the multi-screen theaters in the George Washington Museum in Mt. Vernon, which won the THEA award for best museum.

With Historical Media, he produced, co-directed, and edited "Keepers of Eden", narrated by Joanne Woodward-- Winner of the "Pierre Salinger Award" for best documentary at the New York Avignon Film Festival.

Steven is proud to have directed "Buried Prayers", a feature documentary about the discoveries made by an international archaeological team at the Nazi death camp Maidanek.

Matt Mazer (Producer / Writer / Presenter)

Matt Mazer is the President of the documentary film organization Historical Media. He produced and wrote "Buried Prayers", a film documenting his team's work conducting archaeological investigations in the former Nazi death camp, Maidanek.

Mr. Mazer co-wrote and produced "Keepers of Eden", a documentary depicting the struggle of an indigenous Amazonian tribe, the Huarani, in their attempt to preserve the environment and their culture.

Mazer also heads EHI, which owns, operates and licenses rights to family entertainment properties including Buffalo Bill's Wild West® and Ice Capades®. He presented Arthur Live! ® and Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! ®

Mr. Mazer has been in the entertainment industry for over thirty years, holding senior executive posts at Walt Disney Pictures, DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, Cinar, Goldcrest Films & Television, Nest Family Entertainment, and CINAR.

Mr. Mazer's independent motion picture production credits include the feature animated productions "All Dogs Go To Heaven" and "The Swan Princess".

At Sony Corporation of America, Mazer served as Senior Vice President, Sony New Technologies, concentrating on the convergence of entertainment and technology.

At Brand Leverage Inc., advising clients including: Sony Music Entertainment -- Japan, Loews Theaters, WWE, Feld Entertainment, Dentsu, USA Films, and NASCAR.

Mr. Mazer has served on the elected Board of Governors of the New York Friars Club, the Board of Directors of the Children's Museum of Manhattan and as Trustee of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. He co-created the Yosemite License Plate, which generated over $16 million for the National Park.

Mr. Mazer is an Eagle Scout.

Douglas K. Dempsey (Editor/Writer)

Douglas K. Dempsey background in film and documentary gives him a strong sense of story, and he approaches his Writing/Content Development/Editorial work with a focus on flowing narratives and an engaging, entertaining audience experience. His work is characterized by humanity, humor, accuracy and audience-pleasing stories.

Mr. Dempsey is an award-winning filmmaker, writer-producer and content developer in both the world of documentary film and museum media.

He began his professional career at age 15 as a still photographer, graphic designer and model-builder for a national magazine. Working in Princeton, New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles for the next three decades, he shot, edited and directed numerous corporate and documentary films for such clients as Random House, Ziff-Davis Publishing (Car & Driver, Stereo Review), General Electric, Exxon, PBS Television, McGraw-Hill Films. He worked as an Editor on "Heroes of Rock 'n Roll" for ABC Television, and wrote radio plays for Hy Brown's Mystery Theater on CBS Radio.

At Maysles Films Inc, he Co-Produced, with Karen Thorsen, the internationally acclaimed documentary "James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket" which has won awards and been distributed in over 25 countries. The film has been in continuous distribution to educational institutions for 15 years, and shows on American television every year.

As Senior Writer and Content Developer with Dennis Earl Moore Productions, Mr. Dempsey created award-winning museum exhibit content for: The Museum & Education Center at Mount Vernon; The Price of Freedom Exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History; The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument; Bob Ballard's Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium and others.

Mr. Dempsey has worked as Technical Consultant, Writer and Visual Consultant on the IMAX films "Living Planet", "Flyers" and "Shackelton's Antarctic Adventure". He has worked as Story Editor for Producer Steven Haft ("Dead Poets Society") and John G. Avildsen ("Rocky," "The Karate Kid").

Mr. Dempsey and his wife Karen Thorsen formed DKDMedia, LLC, to focus on documentary and museum media. Currently in production are three projects slated for broadcast AND museum exhibition: "Thomas Paine: Voice of the Revolution" -- A feature-length documentary about the author of Common Sense: the one Founding Father who has been banned from the Pantheon. Produced in conjunction with a multimedia museum exhibit and a series of public programs designed for international distribution. "John Bowne, Radical Pacifist" -- A feature-length documentary about a Quaker rebel whose 17th-century fight for religious freedom led directly to the First Amendment in America's Bill of Rights. Produced in conjunction with a multimedia museum exhibit. "Non-Zero": feature-length documentary on FASD--Fetal Alcohol Suite of Disorders--and its connection to ADHD and various social issues. With the California FASD Health Initiative, California Correctional Institutions and various medical associations.

Mr. Dempsey's exhibits, media pieces and documentaries have been seen by literally millions of visitors and viewers around the world.

Laurie Anderson (Narrator)

Laurie Anderson is one of America's most renowned--and daring--creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings. Anderson's first album, O Superman, launched her recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on her landmark release Big Science. She went on to record six more albums with Warner Brothers. In 2001, Anderson recorded her first album with Nonesuch Records, the critically lauded Life on a String.

Anderson's tours have taken her around the world, where she has presented her work in small arts spaces and grand concert halls--and everywhere in between. She has numerous major works to her credit, along with countless collaborations with an array of artists, from Jonathan Demme and Brian Eno to Bill T. Jones and Peter Gabriel. Anderson is recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts: she was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA in 2002. Anderson was also part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. More recently, she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her outstanding contribution to the arts.

Laurie Anderson's newest work Homeland presents the vast landscape that is contemporary American culture through the lens of one of the world's foremost and critically acclaimed artists. The piece--part political dialogue, part poetry song cycle combining words, electronics, and live music-- has received critical praise from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Times of London, and others following Anderson's tour with Homeland in concert halls and theaters across the globe.

David Van Tieghem (Composer)

David Van Tieghem is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition.

His feature film scores include "Eye of God," "My Father is Coming," "Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread," "Working Girls," and "Buried Prayers".

He has composed dance scores for Twyla Tharp, Michael Moschen, the Boston Ballet, Jennifer Muller, Doug Varone, the Pennsylvania Ballet, La La Human Steps, Hilary Easton, Elisa Monte, Wendy Perron, Dawn Saito, and Molissa Fenley.

His released albums include "These Things Happen," "Safety In Numbers," "Strange Cargo" and "Thrown For A Loop."

He has performed his solo percussion-theater work throughout the USA, Europe and Japan, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, BAM, the Knitting Factory, the Kitchen, Town Hall, Jacob's Pillow, the Exploratorium, the New Music America Festivals, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, and the Venice Biennale.


His original video collaboration with John Sanborn, "Ear to the Ground," wherein Van Tieghem literally "plays" the streets of New York as if it were a musical instrument, has become an internationally acclaimed favorite.

As a percussionist, he has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Robert Ashley, Arthur Russell, NEXUS Percussion, Stevie Nicks, Jon Gibson, Talking Heads, Robert Fripp, Robert Gordon, Duran Duran, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pink Floyd, Michael Oldfield, John Cale, Nona Hendryx, Arto Lindsay, KODO Drummers, Jerry Harrison, Adrian Belew, Merce Cunningham, Bill Laswell, Ned Sublette, Tony Williams, Lenny Pickett, Michael Nyman, John Zorn, Anton Fier, the Golden Palominos, and Peter Gordon's Love of Life Orchestra, among others.

Van Tieghem's awards and nominations include the Obie, Bessie, Eddy, Drama Desk, Lortel and American Theatre Wing.