Discovering Karol Rathaus
Peter Janecek is an acclaimed producer of documentary films and the managing director of the Vienna production company von PLAESION Film + Vision e.U. During his 18-year career as a film producer, he has produced 25 documentary features that have been shown at film festivals all over Europe, as well as Australia and Korea. He produced the film Moment of Resistance, which was the Austrian award winner at the 2019 Viennale, as well as the film The First Century of Walter Arlen, which was devoted to a Jewish exile from Vienna, whose music was recently discovered by Michael Haas.
Rob Levi is an independent writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor. In 2008, “Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life” became the first film in history to receive three important awards in one year: the Best Documentary Emmy, a Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence and the Writers Guild Award for Best Doc Screenplay. The film was also one of three docs to make New York Magazine’s Top Ten Best Shows list. Levi also received three Best Script nominations from the Writers Guild for his other work. His film “Duke Ellington: Reminiscing in Tempo” premiered on PBS’s American Experience, received an Emmy, a WGA Best Screenplay nomination, won several film festivals, and was later adapted into a multi-part series for A&E’s Biography, and BBC’s “Omnibus.” The film also screened at festivals including Berlin, London, Melbourne, Munich, AFI and others.