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Raise the Roof – a feature documentary by Yari & Cary Wolinsky, 2015

I worked as an associate producer for award-winning photographer Cary Wolinsky, three-time Emmy winner John Rubin, and filmmaker Yari Wolinsky on a feature-length documentary film Raise the Roof. The film has been screened all over the world, won multiple awards, and been featured in the public television PBS all over United States.


Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. The Gwoździec roof was unveiled in 2014 as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.