Hadassah Magazine!

IMG_1495 (1)Do you get Hadassah magazine? Turn to page 10 in the April/May 2015 issue [Leonard Cohen is on the cover] to read “Lost and Found: Elizabeth Rynecki has dedicated her life to tracking down her great-grandfather’s scattered works of art,” by Cathryn J. Prince. The article is not yet available online. When it is, I’ll add a link!


Kickstarter update! We are now 82% funded with 129 backers pledging $16,512. There are 13 days left for us to reach the $20,000 campaign goal. Check out the new trailer and please consider supporting the film.


Kickstarter Campaign 81% Funded!

Chasing Portraits on Kickstarter has almost reached its $20,000 goal! We’re at $16,266 which means we are just short by $3,734. All pledge amounts help us to reach our goal. $5 puts your name in the credits, $25 gets you a digital download of the film… check it out and help us out by pledging and/or spreading the word!

Thank you!


Chasing Portraits – Kickstarter Staff Pick!


Check out our new 3 minute trailer and Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000! We’re close, but we definitely need your help. There are all sorts of funding levels and rewards if you give: a Moshe Rynecki postcard thank you note, blank greeting cards, a poster and more!


Chasing Portraits Kickstarter Campaign Update

17 April update

The Kickstarter fundraising campaign to match the $20,000 grant from the Claims Conference is going really well! So far we’ve raised 72% of the goal amount. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal, so unless we get to $20,000, we don’t get any of the pledges made to date. There are 17 days left in the campaign, and all funds pledged help. That’s the great thing about crowdsourcing…If 100 people each give $10, then you’ve got $1,000.

Please consider making a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign. You can do so by clicking on this green, “Support us on Kickstarter” button.


Thank you!

Elizabeth Rynecki

Chasing Portraits and the Woman in Gold

Yesterday I went to see the Woman in Gold. The film about Maria Altmann’s battle with the Austrian government for the return of her family’s painting: Gustav Klimt’s, The Lady in Gold. I loved the movie because I am so deeply entrenched in the issue of Holocaust era art looting and restitution issues!

One moment that particularly stood out for me in the film is when Altmann (played by Helen Mirren) enters the room at the Belvedere museum to see the Lady in Gold hanging on the wall. It’s a moment of reunion, but also of sweet sorrow because of course she doesn’t leave with the painting. I had my own moment like that when I visited the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and saw 52 of my great-grandfather’s paintings in their possession.

I love these three photos. The first is from the Woman in Gold film. The other two are of me! In the first one I am standing in front of a Rynecki painting in the exhibit at the museum. The other is standing in front of the painting and giving an impromptu presentation to visiting Americans about my great-grandfather’s painting and my documentary film project, Chasing Portraits.

If you haven’t already had a chance to view my new trailer and Kickstarter campaign, please check it out, and help fund it if you can.


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Chasing Portraits New 3 Minute Trailer on Kickstarter

The Chasing Portraits documentary film project recently received a $20,000 matching grant from the Claims Conference.


To access all the funds from the grant, I need to come up with matching funds. To match the funds, I have launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise at least $20,000. Any funds raised beyond the $20,000 will go towards post-production (editing) costs.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal. As of this morning, Chasing Portraits is 50% funded with a total of $10,107 pledged to the documentary. But we will see none of this money if we don’t get to at least $20,000. Please help in anyway that you can. You can pledge $1, $10, $100, $1,000, $10,000…. the choice is yours! Please know that when you pledge funds to the Chasing Portraits campaign, your credit card is not charged until two things happen: (1) the goal is met and (2) the campaign closes.

If you cannot give, please simply share the project with friends and family who you think will find the project interesting. Perhaps someone you know can help fund it.

About the Trailer

This is a new trailer. The footage is from the trip taken to Poland in October 2014. It was shot by cinematographer Slawomir Grunberg. It was professionally edited by Veronica Duport Deliz. Matthias Zimmerman composed and produced the original score.

The first few minutes of the trailer is my direct appeal to those watching the campaign on Kickstarter. The last three minutes is the brand new 3 minute trailer.

To contribute, click on this big green “Back This Project” button. It will take you to the Chasing Portraits Kickstarter page.  Thank you!




Poster and Greeting Cards!

Backers of the Chasing Portraits Kickstarter campaign have a variety of rewards available to them including getting their name in credits on the Chasing Portraits website, a Rynecki postcard sent in the mail to them, greeting cards, a poster, a digital download of the film, and more!

Check out the new 3 minute trailer on Kickstarter and learn about how you can back the project!

There are two poster designs up for consideration. Only one will be printed. Backers get a chance to express their preference for which one goes to press. Either Blue PORTRAIT or Golden LANDSCAPE.

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Backers also get a chance to vote which of these 5 greeting card designs they’d like to see produced.

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New 3 minute trailer for Chasing Portraits Launches Kickstarter Campaign!

I am unbelievably excited to share this new three minute trailer, put together from footage shot in Poland last October!



My Kickstarter campaign goal is to raise $20,000.  In combination with the grant the film received from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a successful campaign will allow Chasing Portraits to finish filming this year. Any funds raised over this amount will go towards post production expenses, such as editing, music, etc.

If you’ve ever participated in the funding of a Kickstarter campaign, you know there are always great rewards to go along with the various funding levels. Chasing Portraits carries on this tradition with some fabulous rewards – Postcards, digital download, greeting cards, a poster, and more! Please know that because Chasing Portraits has 501(c)3 status from the National Center for Jewish Film, your contribution, less the value of the reward you select, is a tax deductible donation.




Post-Production Grant

PrintI am pleased to announce that the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture has awarded a grant to help support post-production of the Chasing Portraits documentary film.


Gearing up for Kickstarter Campaign

photo 1I’ve been hard at work on the behind-the-scenes components needed to launch the Chasing Portraits Kickstarter fundraising campaign. There’s a new 3 minute trailer based on the footage shot in Poland. I’ve been writing the project description and putting together the rewards. There’s also an original score being composed for the piece! And this afternoon I went into San Francisco to film a pre-trailer bit where I sit and talk to the camera about my project and why I’m fundraising on Kickstarter. Here’s a photo of what filming that bit looked like.