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Moses on the Mesa

Native American, Jewish Film, Fiction, Immigration, American History, Politics, Short Film
Paul Ratner
18 minutes


*Best Short Film, Orlando Film Festival

*Audience Award, Best Short Film, Albuquerque Film & Media Experience

Official Selection, Budapest Jewish Film Festival


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This uplifting short drama was inspired by the real life of a man named Solomon Bibo. He was a Jewish boy from Germany who came to the Wild West in the late 1800s. He learned how to ride a horse, shoot a gun, play poker with the outlaws, and make friends with the "Indians" from his grandpa's tall tales. He married a pueblo beauty, battled against crooked government agents and became the governor of the oldest settlement in North America. Life threw him many curves after that - he fought for progress but lost to tradition, his friends turned against him, great earthquakes and great depressions wiped him out, but he always fought back... and always remained a Jew... a Moses on the Mesa.



Paul Ratner

Born in Russia, Paul studied film at Cornell University (BA) and Chapman University (MFA), and has worked in Hollywood and internationally (India, Czech Republic, Russia), practicing the craft from different angles. His most notable Hollywood job was working for a number of years for a top director, first as an assistant then a development executive. Paul is now pursuing his own projects, including developing MOSES ON THE MESA as a feature film. He has recently finished directing THE CAVEMAN OF ATOMIC CITY, a documentary feature about a fringe philosopher who lived in a cave on the territory of the Los Alamos National Lab


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