Q&A with FOUR WINTERS Filmmaker
Julia Mintz With Activist, Executive, Philanthropist, & Holocaust Survivor
Sunday, October 2
Julia Mintz’s work focuses on narratives of bravery and resistance against unimaginable odds. She has been on the producing teams for films which have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards, have premiered at Cannes, Sundance and TriBeCa, and won Emmy, Peabody and festival awards. Her films can be seen on HBO, PBS, American Masters, Netflix, Amazon, and are shown on college campuses across the country. She has taught seminars and workshops worldwide, and has held an adjunct faculty position at LIU in NYC. Mintz has been a featured keynote and guest speaker for engagements in both the public and private sectors. Mintz is an award-winning artist and accomplished multigrant recipient for her work in visual arts and documentary film.
Eva Haller was born on May 9, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary in 1942, she joined her older brother Janos in the underground Hungarian resistance. Haller’s first activism experience was creating anti-Hitler leaflets. When German forces occupied her city, her parents feared for her safety, and brought her to the Scottish Mission to be hidden among the students, she was 14 at the time. Along with her was a family friend’s 10-year-old son whom they told her to watch and keep safe. When it was discovered that the Institute was hiding Jewish students, German soldiers raided it. During the raid, Eva managed to convince a Nazi officer that she was too young and too beautiful to die and to let her escape, and she also negotiated the life of a 10-year-old whose care she was entrusted. She remained in hiding throughout World War II; and her older brother joined and fought with the partisans. Janos was killed in the fourth winter. Eva's extensive service includes Board Chair of Free the Children, Trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara, co-founder and President of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, Visiting Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, Board member of Counterpart International, Sing for Hope, and Creative Visions.