The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story
Current status of Post Production
The film has been shot in JVC HDPro 24p format. It will be released in the feature length, addressing the general public. We plan screening in documentary film festivals, DVD distribution, and eventually distribution on the Internet. We are planning some form of television release as well. So far two TV stations in Europe expressed their interest. The options are wide open here. The film can be shaped anywhere from 90 minutes piece to three part series depending on the distributorís needs. The choice of the narrator is still open. A well known personality will be a great asset for selling this topic to the audience. To finish the film the purchase of TV news archive footage is necessary. For that purpose we need to raise additional $40,000 to finish the film.
The book that will complement the film is at works as well:
And Reality, of Course, be Damned...
What media didnít tell you about the collapse of communism in Europe and end if the Cold War.
After of three years of the intensive search get media attention and support we got nowhere. With the exception of two TV stations in Europe expressing interest in the film when it will be finished the reaction was always the same: excitement followed by a deep silence. The usual answer from media is that this film "doesn't fit our programming profile".
Being myself the political refugee from Czechoslovakia the story of the fall of communism in Europe became quite personal to me. When I defected to the US in 1980 I was aware that a change is in making and results will be not acceptable to me. I just didnít believe it would happen so soon. When the collapse started I didnít pay too much attention to it being busy with starting over my new life in the United States. However, later after dust settled down and I focused my attention on what actually happened, I was amazed how bizarre the whole stunt was. I realized that the collapse of the communism in Europe is one of the most incredible stories of the century and the public should know what really happened.
When I discussed this topic in Prague with the former dissident and political prisoner Petr Cibulka back in 2002, he said to me: ďIf you are not going to make this film, nobody else ever will.Ē His remark was pivotal in my decision to make this documentary. Using the old contacts from my previous life in Prague and tapping into resources in the US I started the long, rocky journey to tell this storyóstory that nobody wants to hear. I collected unprecedented body of interviews that, when edited together, paints the big picture of what really happened.
KGB defectors, dissidents, former CIA officials, and documents from secret files of KGB and the Gorbachevís Library speak for itself. You may not believe what you will hear. But everyone should be aware of what these people have to say and take it into consideration. After all it may be useful for you to find out who framed Roger Rabbit. Because what happened yesterday helps us understand what is happening today and what may happen tomorrow.