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Lost Town

History, Holocaust, War, Jewish Film, Genealogy, Europe
Jeremy Goldscheider and Richard Goldgewicht
85 minutes



*World Premiere Cleveland Int'l Film Festival

"Lost Town brings Trochenbrod alive on the screen through a mesmerizingly edited and shot selection of photographs lent by families of those who left the town before the war. An unexpected use of animation to flesh out what daily life must have looked like is also effective, but the most affecting moments of the film happen when the cameras rest on former residents recounting their lives." -Jewish Exponent

"Together with the wonderfully obsessive researcher Avrom Bendavid-Val, they have fashioned a remarkable documentary that serves both as memorial to a vanished way of life and as celebration of persistence."
-Cleveland Jewish News

"To Betty Gold, the message is simple. 'I want to keep my town alive.'" -Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Jeremy Goldscheider probes the Absence of Presence and the Presence of Absence in a powerful and provocative film." -Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute

"This important documentary film chronicles the life and "rebirth" of the town of Trochenbrod, -- it is more than a story about Trochenbrod; it is a story of rediscovery and redemption. It is the story of a special town that speaks for an entire civilization of 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews that was annihilated in the 'Holocaust by Bullets.'" -Father Patrick Desbois, author of "The Holocaust By Bullets, A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews"

"Lost Town is a must for every Jewish Film Festival. The film sold out 2 theaters at the Columbus Jewish Film Festival....the audience response was overwhelming." -Emily Schuss, Columbus Jewish Film Festival Director

"Both a haunting tale of the brutality of the so-called Final Solution, and an uplifting celebration of the Nazi's inability to efface the memory of a place that was once a vibrant center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe..." -Video Librarian


'Lost Town' tells the story of one man's obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family's town of Trochenbrod. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Everything Is Illuminated', Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. Trochenbrod's 5000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 townspeople who escaped the massacre there. This personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn't seen each other in over 60 years.

'Lost Town' utilizes contemporary documentary footage, original animation, and survivor testimonials to tell the story of how far one will go to claim their sense of identity.


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Jeremy Goldscheider

Jeremy Goldscheider began his career directing and producing music videos for artists that include Blink-182, Eagle Eye Cherry, and Leona Naess. Soon after, he began producing non-fiction/ documentary television for BBC, MTV, Animal Planet, NBC/Universal. In addition to his work in Television, Goldscheider has also worked with dozens of non-profit organizations (including ADL, The Jewish Federation, TreePeople, etc.) producing promotional and fundraising films. Most recently, Goldscheider has produced two feature films; “PABLO” (2012), an animated documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges (premiered at Rotterdam film festival) and “Lost Town” (2012), a film about the town of Trochenbrod.

Jeremy Goldscheider currently runs Heritage Films (, specializing in personal family films. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Richard Goldgewicht has directed a broad mix of films that range both in live action, animation, documentary and narrative. With a strong interest on international themes, Goldgewichts’ editorial and musical background have generated an eclectic mix of films from his award winning short Blue Rondo (2000), inspired by Dave Brubeck’s experimental Jazz track Blue Rondo a la Turk and his comical portrayal of the Middle-Eastern conflict in Tel Aviv (2004), to his feature debut “Pablo” (Rotterdam Film Festival Premiere, 2012). “Pablo” centers around Pablo Ferro’s contributions to the world of film title design and his mark on the 1960’s New York counterculture.

In addition to “Lost Town” (2012), Richard is also finishing work on the feature length documentary “Gameplay” (2013), about the history and future of video games while developing a slate of narrative films including the sci-fi thriller “Send Her My Love”, the Spanish language ”Clandestino”, and “Futebol”, based on Alex Bellos’ book “Football, Brazilian Way of Life”, which he plans to film in Rio de Janeiro.

Goldgewicht splits his time between his native Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles.


The official soundtrack for LOST TOWN by Josef Peters & Chris Murphy is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

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