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July 9, 2020 ~ Screening and Directors Talk with Lorie Conway and Alan Kraut, Forgotten Ellis Island 7pm EDT

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Forgotten Ellis Island

"Although it took nearly a decade to produce Forgotten Ellis Island I was grateful knowing that stories about the immigrant patients who were cared for in the Ellis Island Hospital were finally being told. I learned that immigrants like my grandparents from Ireland yearned for the same opportunities that immigrants today seek in America. That's why we were and always will be a nation of immigrants."

~ Lorie Conway

Lorie Conway

Lorie Conway is an independent film producer, director, and writer for Boston Film & Video LLC, a company she founded in 2001. Recent projects include two series for Netflix working with a team of Israeli filmmakers, and with a British director working on a dramatic series. Conway has produced for all of Boston’s commercial networks and PBS, producing news magazine, and non-fiction narrative, long-form films. Grant funders for her films include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brit Doc, US Institute for Peace, The Guardian, the International Bar Association, and Kickstarter funding.

As a filmmaker, Conway looks for stories that build connection, inspire, and shine a light. Her work has been awarded the Peabody, Columbia University DuPont, Iris, and Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship in Journalism. For eight years she served as Vice President of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board.

Some of the film’s she’s directed include Beatrice Mtetwa, and the Rule of Law, about the courageous human rights lawyer in Zimbabwe:, Forgotten Ellis Island, the documentary film and companion book she wrote about the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital:, and the film Undaunted, Chasing History at the Boston Marathon, a film about the comeback of one unique runner and the city of Boston activating against terrorism,

Lorie Conway, Boston Film & Video Productions LLC, Boston Film & Video is currently developing a documentary feature film based on the writings and wisdom of Nelson Mandela with a South African based production team.

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The event will be a live screening of the 30 minute version of the documentary then a directors talk to follow with the discussion lead by Alan Kraut.

Alan Kraut

Alan M. Kraut is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Specializing in immigration, ethnic history and the history of medicine in the United States, he is the author or editor of nine books and many scholarly articles. Volumes include:  The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (1982, 2nd edition, 2001); Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace” (1994);  Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003); and Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America (co-authored), and, most recently, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story (2013). He is currently writing a history of xenophobia and nativism throughout American history.

Among the awards his publications have received are the Theodore Saloutos Prize (Immigration and Ethnic History Society), the Henry Adams Prize (Society for History in the Federal Government), the Arthur Viseltear Prize (American Public Health Association), and the Author’s Award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance. 

Dr. Kraut’s research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a past President of the Organization of American Historians and serves as the current president of the National Coalition for History. He chairs the History Advisory Committee of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

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