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Professor Nelson’s The Leignitz Plot

Professor Dylan Nelson’s latest project (Film and Media Studies),The Leignitz Plot, follows a man’s quest to recover valuable stamps stolen from Holocaust victims and stashed in a basement in a Polish town once occupied by Nazis. Nelson explains, “The point of the film is to increase remembrance of the Holocaust and increase understanding of the Holocaust.” She spent Half Block in Poland on a ten day shoot for the film.

Professor Nelson is currently at work on three other documentary feature projects: Groomed, about child sexual assault; Mississippi Messiah, about civil rights icon and iconoclast James Meredith; and The Stolen, which explores the story of children kidnapped during the 1970s-80s Argentine military dictatorship. Most recently, she produced and co-wrote “Last Dance at Johnson’s Barn,” a short documentary that premiered in competition at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Nelson’s other credits as producer or director include the feature documentaries Merchants of Doubt (Telluride/Sony Pictures Classics 2014), The Hollywood Complex (Hot Docs 2011/Showtime 2012), Soundtrack for a Revolution (Tribeca/Cannes 2009, PBS’s American Experience 2011), and Nanking (Sundance 2007/HBO 2008).

Read more about The Leignitz Plot here.

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