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ROBERT TUTAK

Professor of Film at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate of the Lodz Film School of Poland, recipient of the Fulbright Foundation Grant in Film, and founder-president of the Manhattan Film Academy. His film credits include writing and directing three feature-length films as well as several short fiction films and documentaries. His work has been exhibited internationally: in Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland, among other countries, as well as in the United Sates, including the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York City.

 
 
 
ELLIS ISLAND: THE MAKING OF A MASTER RACE IN AMEIRCA (2017)
Distribution

Documentary feature. Running time: 70 min.

We in the United States have an opportunity, which is unique in history, for the practice of eugenic principles. Our country was founded and developed by picking men and women. And today, by selecting our immigrants through proper immigration legislation, we have the power to pick out the best specimens of each race to be the parents of our future citizens.

- Robert De C. Ward, Professor, Harvard University, 1916

LOGLINE: The faces of immigrants to the U. S. changed over the years. The fear of them -- fear of the other -- never did. First it was the Chines, the Irish, the Slavs, Jews, and the Italians. Now it’s the Mexicans and the Muslims.

SCNEOPSIS: The film investigates the influence of American eugenics and nativism on the U.S. immigration policy at the turn of the 20th century and beyond. It examines the medical and mental inspection procedures of immigrants at Ellis Island and their undelying social agenda of race purification through a selection of  “the better stock."

The film is also a personal story of a Polish peasant from Galicia, Austria, who traveled to America in 1909 only to be excluded and deported.

The story spans from early 20th century to the present. The visual fabric of the film is woven of still images. The narration lends voice to a great number of individuals affiliated with eugenics and nativism: from the medical doctors at Ellis Island and politicians through Hitler to Donald Trump.


 
  THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS (2016) (executive producer) Exhibition


medium-length fiction; 2017; running time: 48 min.
dir. SAUD JUBAER

LOG LINE:
To please the God, one religion must worship her, another one must kill her. To save one life, one must sacrifice another.

SYNOPSIS:
“The God of Small Things" is a story told through the eyes of a cow. She is owned by a poor Bengali-Hindu villager and prayed to as God. When she has to be sold, her new Muslim owner sacrifices her in the name of his God.

Shot entirely on location in rural Bangladesh in the neorealist style of Satyajit Ray, using mostly non-actors. A Bengali-U.S.-Polish coproduction.

AWARDS:
Winner: “Best Student Film” at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, July 2017; Winner: "Best Screenplay" and "Best Cinematography" at the CUNY Film Festival, New York, April 2017; Winner: Jury Award at the Reel City Film Festival, New York, 2016; Nominated: "Best Film," "Best Directing," and "Best Editing" at CUNY Film Festival, 2017; screened at CUNY TV, New York, 2017, Marche du Film, Cannes, 2017; The Lodz Film School of Poland, 2016.







  DUBAI: A CITY OF DREAMS (2010) watch full movie on Amazon Instant Video Distribution


Documentary on labor exploitation and human rights abuses in Dubai, UAE.
LOG LINE: Dubai is a city of dreams. Some dreams come true. Some don't.

Running time: 52 min. (TV) | 64min. (full)

Produced by: Tutak Films & Manhattan Film Academy
Format: HD

World Premiere:
IDFAUNAFF UW La Crosse

CANAL + PLANETE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT TUTAK, July 2011

Produced by: Planete, Canal + Cyfrowa, Poland
Running times: 9 min. 22 sec.

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7th Art Releasing US
Planete Canal + Poland
Upside TelevisionFrance
RSISwitzerland
Belgium
TVI Portugal Portugal
IRIB Iran Iran
Spiegel TV
Germany
Planete Poland

 
TWARZ | THE FACE (1983) Display :
Production & Distribution


Documentary

1983. In the desolate communist Poland
an eighty-three-year-old man is riding
a train to nowhere. At the age of eleven,
he was an inspiration for the beautiful
Tadzio in Thomas Mann's DEATH IN VENICE.

Running time: 14 min. 13 sec.
Format: 35mm

Produced by: The Lodz Film School of Poland

MoMA
idfa
Oberhousen

Cinemateque


Cinematique Romana

ZDFTVP


PWSFTviT
 
PRAGNIENIE | THIRST (1982) Display :
Production & Distribution


Live-action short

Thirst for water. Thirst for love.
Thirst for life.

Running time: 11 min. 31 sec.
Format: 35mm

Starring:
Krzysztof Bauman

Produced by: The Lodz Film School of Poland

MoMA
Oberhousen
Cleveland Film Festival


Columbia University
NYU




TVP


PWSFTviT
  NOBODY'S PERFECT (2002)watch full movie on Amazon Instant Video Distribution


Straight story about five gay guys and a fag hag, looking for love
in all the wrong places.

Starring:
Leonardo Nam
Jay Christianson
Michael Jacoby (as Jacob Michaels)
David Lavine
Kareem Ferguson (as Karim Ra)
Michelle Damato

Running time: 86 min.
Format: DV
Produced by: Tutak Films


Amazon

TLA Releasing US
  MECZ | MATCH (1988) Made-for-TV movie Distribution
Mecz | Match


Lonely woman and a coming-of-age young man. Mother and son.
They suffocate each other, unable to live without one other. Entangled
in a claustrophobic love-hate relationship. They spar with each another
round-by-round scoring points and taking losses as they move through
the mundane routine of life, until one day one of them delivers a knockout blow.

Starring:
Joanna Szczepkowska
Czarek Kmieciak

Running time: 80 min.
Format: 16mm

Produced by:
TV Films & Programs Production House
Centralna Wytwórnia Programów i Filmów Telewizyjnych Poltel, Poland

Polish Television
  CISZA | SILENCE (1985) Distribution


Documentary on the 1985 winners of the Gordon Bennett Cup (Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett), the world's oldest gas balloon race.

Their team already won twice. If they win just one more time, the Cup is their forever.
They lost.

Running time: 17 min. 39 sec.

Format: 35mm

Produced by: Educational Films Production House WFO
Wytwornia Filmow Oswiatowych, Lodz, Poland


Wytwornia Filmow Oswiatowych
 
SWIETO | HOLIDAY (1985) Display :
Distribution

It was a holiday. Time for celebration.
Time for love.

Running time: 14 min. 35 sec.
Format: 35mm

Starring:
Lidia Jeziorska
Krzysztof Bauman

Produced by: The Lodz Film School of Poland

Polish Television
ZDF
German public
television network

PWSFTviT

 

 

 
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