Documentary Film Project

CHASING PORTRAITS: A Family’s Quest for their Lost Art Heritage

Moshe Rynecki was a prolific Warsaw-based artist who documented the Polish Jewish community in the interwar years, whose collection of over 800 paintings and sculptures was largely lost and thought destroyed in the Holocaust. The film documents my great-grandfather’s art and personal story, as well as my subsequent quest to discover and share his many missing works. The story consists of three primary parts: (1) an overview of Moshe’s life and art; (2) a brief introduction to the history of Holocaust era art looting and restitution, starting broadly and then focusing on Moshe’s art and legacy; and (3) my search for and discovery of many of Moshe’s lost paintings, including stories of how the works were found and who holds them. This 9 minute promotional trailer introduces audiences to the story and the project. The film is currently in production.

Support the Project

Donations are tax deductible! You can donate with a credit card or on paypal.

Alternatively, checks made payable to The National Center for Jewish Film, with “Chasing Portraits” written in the memo line, should be sent to this address:

The National Center for Jewish Film
Brandeis University
Lown 102
Waltham, MA  02454

Gifts over $250 will receive a letter from NCJF for tax purposes.

As a fiscal sponsor, The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) serves as a non-profit tax-exempt umbrella organization that accepts and administers contributions made to select film projects. Fiscal sponsorship allows filmmakers to solicit and receive tax deductible donations from individuals and gifts from foundations without having to create a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.