"It has been my humble honor to save one starfish at a time in hopes that humanity will one day cease to stumble upon a beach of starfish in need." Ralph Isenberg is El Gringo Schindler
Ralph Isenberg, aka “El Gringo Schindler,™” has no formal filmmaking experience. After successful careers in hotel & restaurant management and commercial real estate development, Isenberg turned his attention to immigration reform. His efforts derive from heritage and experience. The oldest son of refugees from Nazi Germany, Isenberg learned from an early age to mindful of the plight of others. A life-changing experience with extreme family separation of his own transformed Isenberg into a protagonist whose activism has benefited scores of foreign national families in need. With no legal training, Isenberg can make the most complex arguments to those that oppose the reforms he seeks for others. The efforts put forth by El Gringo Schindler™ are unpredictable as he strives to make those he opposes feel uncomfortable.
Isenberg works on several dozen matters at a time. When the government sought to restrict the advocacy work of Isenberg, he started making films. His documentaries are both informative and dramatic. He films in real-time whenever possible. Isenberg features the people he is helping as part of recreation scenes. Finally, Isenberg either acts or presents a narrative of the situation seen on film.
Each film airs under a Ralph Isenberg Production© or El Gringo Schindler™film label. Each film strives to bring about relief to those foreign nationals seen in the movie, encourage social change and, educate the populous about immigration wrongs.
June 2021 Best Documentary
"Four Motherless Children"
Gangtok International Film Festival (winner)
Gangtok
7/21 Best Human Rights 5/2021 Best Documentary Feature
"Four Motherless Children"
New Wave Short Film Festival (winner)
Munich
Selected
"Four Motherless Children"
Colorado Activism Film Festival (Screening)
Denver, CO
Honorable Mention
"Four Motherless Children"
Brazil International Film Festival (Screening)
Rio de Janeiro
Selected for Distribution
"Four Motherless Children"
Kids First! Film Festival (Screening)
Santa Fe, NM
Finalist
"Four Motherless Children"
Aquarius Film Festival (Screening)
Las Vegas, NV
Finalist Documentary Feature
"Four Motherless Children"
4th Dimension Independent Film Festival (Screening)
Bali
Finalist
"Four Motherless Children"
Miracle Makers International Film Festival
Las Vegas, NV
Selected
"Four Motherless Children"
Strong Chance Film Festival (Screening)
New York City, NY
Selected
"Four Motherless Children"
BLASTOFF Film Festival (Screening)
Los Angles, CA
Selected for Online Screening
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Direct Monthly Online Film October 2015
Award of Merit"
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality (IFFPIE) 2015
Selected for Online Screening
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Los Angeles Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA) August 2015
Award of Merit of Awareness
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Awareness Film Festival 2015
Screen Film Online Platform
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Direct Short & Documentary Film Festival
Shown on Roku TV & Olive Tree TV Network
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
2015 Olive Tree International Story-Teller Film Festival ("El Gringo Schindler")
Documentary Screening
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Boston Latino International Film Festival ("El Gringo Schindler")
Short Documentary Category Finalist
"La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos"
Los Angeles CineFest ("La Liberacion de AlEXIS / The Discovery of Santos""
College
UW- Stout / Menomonie, Wisconsin
Hotel & Restaurant Management
19701972
High School
William Horlick High School / Racine, Wisconsin
19661970
Birth Date
December 10, 1951
Nickname
El Gringo Schindler
Birth City
Saratoga Springs, New York
Current City
Dallas, Texas
Hometown
Racine, Wisconsin
Height
5’ 11”
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Jewish
Eye Color
Blue
Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius
Married To
Yanhong (Nicole) from mainland China
Children
Yes
Isenberg has traveled to mainland China over 30 times and lived there for one year.
Isenberg entered North Korea before entering South Korea.
Isenberg once tended to six camels in the Sahara Desert for several days.
Isenberg once held and fed two identical twin panda bears in China.
"It has been my humble honor to save one starfish at a time in hopes that humanity will one day cease to stumble upon a beach of starfish in need." Ralph Isenberg is El Gringo Schindler
"It is right. It is wrong. Then there is the right thing to do." unknown
"The rest is silence" William Shakespeare from Hamlet
"It has been my humble honor to save one starfish at a time in hopes that humanity will one day cease to stumble upon a beach of starfish in need." Ralph Isenberg is El Gringo Schindler
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