Chasing Portraits

Chasing Portraits follows the journey of Elizabeth Rynecki as she traces the footsteps of her great grandfather.  Moshe Rynecki was a prolific artist who chronicled life in the Warsaw Ghetto.  Evacuated to a concentration camp, Moshe was later murdered and his art scattered around the world.   His great granddaughter’s efforts to track down his paintings becomes both an act of recovery and discovery.  In pursuing her artist great grandfather, Elizabeth becomes an artist herself – using her camera the way her grandfather used his paintbrushes.  The Bates Film Festival is proud to present this work by and about a Bates alum that offers a very personal story of the intergenerational effects of trauma. (Written by Jonathan J. Cavallero, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies)