"On behalf of the International Documentary Association, I would like to urge
you to support Freedom Dance. We are pleased to sponsor this project for two
reasons: the filmmaker demonstrated high professional standards and the project
promises to be a contribution to both the media arts and cultural history."
Sandra Ruch, Executive Director
International Documentary Association
Los Angeles, California
"As the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution approaches and memories of its destruction by Soviet forces recede,
it is vital to show the sufferings of ordinary Hungarians. This film is a bold endeavor to help Americans understand both
the bravery of a people yearning for freedom and the brutal invasion that was intended to crush their hopes."
Janusz Bugajski, Director, Central and East European Studies,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Roy W. Dean film grant receives hundreds of proposals each year for our LA and NYC film grants.
Mr. Steven Fischer and Mr. Craig Herron have submitted their film, "Freedom Dance", to our grant. We found
this film to be an excellent concept and believe thatit will be an important documentary.
With the outline they have, and the incredible wisdom behind the film, we think "Freedom Dance" will
definitely win awards.
Our From the Heart Foundation fully supports Steven
Fischer and Craig Herron and their film, "Freedom
Dance". We think they are exceptionally talented
filmmakers. All of us look forward to the
completion of the project.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is
pleased to endorse and applaud the Freedom Dance
documentary project based on the diary sketches of
The importance of Freedom Dance becomes evident as we
watch pages of history come to life through the
wonders of animation in the telling of a true and
compelling story. The reason why the film succeeds and
resonates with such power is thanks to the fine
association of both Craig Herron and Steven Fischer's
brilliant production together with the original
artwork of an eminent artist like M. Hilbert.
The JCC is also appreciative of this meaningful
project as it evokes universal and personal issues of
survival, family and culture with sensitivity and
intelligence. The magic and the beauty of animation
will undoubtedly help to illustrate within the story,
the values of justice, spirit and determination to a
wider and often untapped audience.
The imaginative concept and the superb realization of
Freedom Dance will now serve as a valuable and unique
contribution to society and to the public of all ages.
Assistant Director of Arts and Culture,
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
Freedom Dance is an uplifting story which inspires us
by the remarkable endurance of the human spirit under
the most difficult of circumstances. In these often
trying times of conflict, it reminds audiences that
America's liberty is a precious and unique privilege
that cannot be taken for granted, but must be
respected and cherished. Freedom Dance convincingly
reveals how optimism illuminates the dark paths of
life and how faith in a dream triumphs over the
On behalf of Mayor O'Malley, I commend you for
recognizing the potential of this story to awaken the
world to the daily trials and dreams of refugees, and
for having the courage to create such an innovative
and dynamic film. Freedom Dance successfully uses
character-driven animation to re-capture the emotion
of a cartoonist's hard-fought journey to freedom
without sacrificing the story's dignity or drama. You
are taking documentary storytelling into new and
exciting territory and bring the talent and
professionalism needed to honor the Hilbert's lives,
struggles, and ultimate triumphs.
As a city of immigrants that recognizes the challenges
faced by many who came here, and cherishes and
encourages cultural diversity, as well as artistic
talent, Baltimore is fortunate to count you and the
Hilbert's as citizens. We look forward to the
completion of the project and participating in the
release of the film.
Mayor's Immigrant Support and Outreach Coordinator,
Martin O'Malley, Mayor, City of Baltimore
"The Embassy of Hungary fully acknowledges and
supports the realization of Freedom Dance. We see the
unique place of Freedom Dance in preparing to
commemorate the heroes of the first and greatest
uprising against communist rule, and the Embassy
expresses its interest to help the creators arrange
the Washington debut of their movie."
Embassy of Hungary, Washington, DC
"...you will stand up and cheer 'Encore! Encore!' This is brilliant work."
Gigi Iam, The Gigi, Inc Show, Comcast/Time-Warner Cable
"...(Freedom Dance) promises to present an amazing portrait of a truly original artist..."
Jayln Henton, PBS Senior Program Associate, Program Development and Independent Film
Freedom Dance ... will be a
unique example of how character animation can be combined with
interviews and photographs to tell an inspiring story. The Hilbert's
story is one of courage and determination, and the innovative way you
and Craig have decided to document their story should be applauded.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if my office can be of any support
in the production process.
Director, Maryland Film Office