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Paul Saltzman: Filmmaker, Photographer, Writer, Founder of Moving Beyond Prejudice

Paul Saltzman:  Filmmaker, Photographer, Writer, Founder of Moving Beyond Prejudice

 

 





Introduction to Paul Saltzman.   1:47 min.  Interview:  Raymond Elman + Robert Zuckerman.  Post-Production:  Lee Skye.  Recorded via Zoom:  8/18/2021.

 

PAUL SALTZMAN (b.1943) is a Canadian film and television producer and director. A two-time Emmy Award-recipient, he has been credited on more than 300 films, both dramas and documentaries.

The 2008 documentary feature, Prom Night in Mississippi, featuring actor Morgan Freeman, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  His feature documentary, The Last White Knight—Is Reconciliation Possible? premiered at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2012. It features Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, Delay de la Beckwith (son of Byron De La Beckwith, who shot Medgar Evers in the back) as well as Saltzman himself. His most recent film is the feature documentary Meeting the Beatles in India, filmed in India, Canada, USA, and England. is his most personal film tracing his life-changing journey to India, learning meditation and spending a week with The Beatles at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh. Saltzman is also founder, CEO and president of the charitable, non-profit organization Moving Beyond Prejudice, which works with police forces, students, educators, youth-at-risk and community groups.

Saltzman will be exhibiting his photographs of The Beatles in India at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach starting 9/23/21.

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by Success Factor, and run between 30 seconds and 14 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

TRAILER:  MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA:   2:14 min.





Documentary by Paul Saltzman, 2020.  MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA, filmed in India, Canada, USA, and England. is Saltzman’s most personal film tracing his life-changing journey to India, learning meditation and spending a week with The Beatles at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh

 

TRAILER:  THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT:   2:12 min.





Documentary by Paul Saltzman, 2012.  THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT was inspired by an incident during the early 1960s when he journeyed to the Deep South as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in Mississippi, one of the hard-core bastions of the Old South. One of the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later, Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the New South.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:   0:42 sec.





What was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   7:44 min.





When did you start to develop a passion for filmmaking and photography?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  3:17 min.





Please describe your parents and the environment that you grew up in.

 

EMPATHY:  2:32 min.





What happened when you visited Tomashpol, Ukraine, the area where your mother lived when she was a little girl?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  3:45 min.





You wear many hats. You’re a photographer, a filmmaker, a writer, and more. What do you think you do best?

 

SERENDIPITY:  13:38min.





How did you meet and befriend The Beatles?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE:   3:19 min.





How did you get all of the photos and film that you used in your documentary, “Meeting the Beatles in India”?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  4:50 min.





Of the many documentaries you have made, some contain elements of autobiography. Have you thought about writing a book or film that is autobiographical and documents the many great stories you have to tell about your life?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  13:48 min.





You were named after Paul Robeson and you made several films about moving beyond prejudice, including “Prom Night” and “The Last White Knight.” What’s the backstory?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  3:07 min.





Your film, “The Last White Knight” is riveting.