Deborah F Blum has always been a truth-seeker, writer, storyteller and artist. She grew up watching films at her uncle's Laemmle Theaters in Southern California. Filmmaking is a natural vehicle for Deborah to share the stories that she feels need to be told.
Deborah trained as a Waldorf teacher and taught children and teens at Waldorf schools in California, Kenya and New York. She also exhibited her paintings, collages and photographs, wrote and published children's literature and short stories, and led writers groups for the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators.
She studied history, film theory and English at Brown University, and painting and photography at Rhode Island School of Design, where she documented Dominican refugees in Providence. She was awarded a Starr Fellowship from Brown for volunteer work and was on the Dean's List when she earned a B.A. in English from UCLA.
She swims and walks in the Hollywood Hills with her dog Sparky.
Warren I Blum studied film independently from various producers in Hollywood and then wrote, directed, produced and scored several short films.
He scored the feature film, Donald and Dot Clock Found Dead in Their Homes, which premiered at Dances with Films in 2002 and also scored a Chapman University graduate film.
He earned a BA in Music from Sonoma State University and a Law Degree from Loyola Law School. Warren practiced law in Los Angeles and Oakland, and currently owns and manages real estate in the Hollywood area.
He enjoys playing piano and sharing his love for music with his teenage daughter, Esther.
A retired, hugely-successful promoter of rock bands, including Journey, Mr. Big and Europe, Sandy Einstein has been instrumental in creating an awareness about Carl Laemmle's humanitarian efforts. Sandy worked tirelessly with writers and journalists to publish articles chronicling Carl Laemmle's rescue efforts.
Thanks to Sandy's efforts, articles were published in The New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, Tablet magazine, the Jewish Journal, the Daily Express and more.
Sandy contributed material to The Carl Laemmle Present Exhibit in Stuttgart in 2016-2017 and was instrumental in facilitating certain portions of FOOTSTEPS.
Michael Berenbaum is an American scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the Holocaust. He served as Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust, Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Director of the USHMM's Holocaust Research Institute.
Dr. Berenbaum played a leading role in the creation of the USHMM and the content of its permanent exhibition. He served as president of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and and currently is Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, located at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California.
Berenbaum co-produced One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissmann Klein Story, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 1996, and an Emmy Award. He was the chief historical consultant for Last Days, which also won an Academy Award. Berenbaum was historical consultant for History Channel's The Holocaust and was executive producer of Swimming in Auschwitz and a consultant for Defiance and Uprising, among other Holocaust-related films and documentaries.
Berenbaum is the founding partner of Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, a firm designing Museums, Special Exhibitions, Memorials and Educational Centers.
FOOTSTEPS: A DOCUMENTARY INSPIRED BY CARL LAEMMLE
PRODUCED BY DEBORAH FLETCHER BLUM AND WARREN IRA BLUM
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP BY
FROM THE HEART PRODUCTIONS
Hollywood, California 90046 United States