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Running From Death - Full Version

Two Jewish twins, living in Poland during the Holocaust, are on the run to escape capture.

  • Hunter Tabor
    Educating America's Youth: Our Top Priority
  • Aden Pierce
    2020: Time to Solve Economic Inequality
  • Dylan Stegemoller
    The World that Was
  • Jack Holden
    Key Cast
    "Boy Twin"
  • Eva Holden
    Key Cast
    "Girl Twin"
  • Kevin Stegemoller
    Key Cast
    "Nazi Official"
  • Aden Pierce
  • Ava Carrol
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Historical Fiction
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 12, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Telly Awards
    Screened Online
    United States
    May 27, 2020
    GOLD: Online General-Student #
  • Windsong Film Festival
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    United States
    1ST PLACE- Drama
  • International Youth Silent Film Festival
    United States
    April 4, 2020
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Director Biography - Hunter Tabor, Aden Pierce

Both Hunter Tabor and Aden Pierce have worked with Batchelor Middle School's B-TV program and created award winning films previously. Hunter Tabor's most notable achievement was producing the documentary "Educating America's Youth: Our Top Priority," which received Second Prize in the Middle School Division of the C-SPAN Student Cam nationwide competition. Aden's film "2020: Time to Solve Economic Inequality" placed as an honorable mention in the same festival.
After traveling to Poland with BMS to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, learning about Doctor Mengele and his experiments on twins, both Aden and Hunter got involved in making "Running From Death," originally called "False Papers."
The B-TV program is 25 years strong and has won over 500 awards around the globe.

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Director Statement

After working on "Running From Death" for over a month (from the first version just over three minutes in length to the final version over five minutes long), I practically knew the order of shots by heart, could tell you what was happening given the music at that point, and was very proud of the work of art that we had created. However, throughout most of the editing process, up until just a week or two before the final version was completed, I remained pretty emotionally detached. Sure, I understood the message and felt that it needed to be shared with the world, but it just didn't pull my heartstrings (although I have heard that it made some cry). But, one day I was watching it over, probably looking for continuity errors, and for the first time I actually felt for the characters. It wasn't a breath-taking moment of clarity, more a subtle realization that, while this was a story, it was a truth-based story. Sometimes, while thousands of statistics just leave us muttering a "Hmm, terrible," the simple story of one or two people can help us realize the magnitude of something like the Holocaust. This is not intended to be a feel good story. Those who know me know that generally I am full of jokes, laughter, and generally a happy aura. But there is a time and place when the brutal truth must be good. This is no joke.
This is history.

-Hunter Tabor
Co-director, editor, videographer