Partially funded by a Grant From the Leonard Nimoy Family Foundation

16mm Color 59 Minutes
Documentary Film

The Phoenix Effect is a feature length documentary about second generation Holocaust survivors who grew up in Vineland, NJ after WWII. The film concludes with the third-generation examining how the transference of trauma effects the newest generation
of survivors.

"I watched The Phoenix Effect and was quite taken with it. The humanity in it is palpable. In some ways, dealing with very real people, as you did, it has taken on a life of its own. Edith Hirshtal's nephew is a moving study, for example. The tumble down effects on all the characters are fascinating, and deeply moving."
– Leonard Nimoy