Adam Fried

Your project takes a part in our festival. What is your project about?
The Walk is about a Jewish man from the US who finds himself stuck living in Germany to be with his only daughter. He walks his French Bulldog, Hamilton, through the streets of his town, past daily reminders of the Holocaust. His Jewish heritage is awakened after taking this walk day after day.


What were your requirements for actors to take a part of your film?

Since this is a short documentary, the main subject was Adam, who also produced this film. We hired actors to recreate a few scenes but most of the film is the main subject talking about his experiences on the walk and the dary history of the city.

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How did you communicate with the cameraman?

We had a small crew on this film shoot so we were all able to collaborate and share ideas openly. The creative process was very fluid and that was a good thing since we only had one week to shoot the film.

What locations did you choose for your project? And why?
We shot all around Regensburg, Germany, in the old town. This area is the main backdrop for the main subject's experiences and where he discovered the dark history of the town.

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Why should distributors buy your film?
We have a feature length documentary called Everything's Kosher, due out in the spring of 2024. This short is a taste of what we are capable of doing.

What expression elements did you use in your project? How would you characterize your work?
We used a lot of flashbacks and cerebral elements in the film. We wanted to portray what the subject is actually going through and how what he sees effects him in a positive and negative way.

At what festivals have you had success? Has the film already premiered? If so, where?

The film premiered at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City. We have won numerous competitions and will also be showing it in California at the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival along with the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

What motivated you to become a filmmaker?

I was motivated to become a filmmaker to help educate and fight against Antisemitism. I am accomplishing this by focusing on stories that shed light onto ignored elements of the Second World War, from a Jewish perspective. However, my work will appeal to a broad audience of viewers who are fascinated by history and World War 2.

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Which movies are your favorites? And why?
I enjoy watching biographical films and documentaries. The films that motivate me usually have a lot of emotion in them.

What topics do you like to deal with in your work?
I have started shooting a documentary series about the hidden sub-concentration camps of WW2. These camps were all over Europe and not many people outside of Germany know of them. I am very passionate about telling these stories from my perspective., being a Jewish man from the US.

What genre do you like to shoot and why?
I shoot documentaries from a narrative perspective.

What project would you like to shoot one day, what would it be about?
I have a story I am working on about German Football players before World War 2.

How has COVID affected your film life?

No effect.

What do you do if you're not thinking about a movie? What are your hobbies?
I get the most pleasure out of life in watching my little girl grow up and learn about the world. I also enjoy ski touring in Austria, and hiking in the Dolomite mountains in Northern Italy.

What projects do you plan to shoot in the future?
I am shooting more hidden subcamp stories and finishing my feature called Everything's Kosher. Watch trailer for  Everything's Kosher and