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director. "It's their hearts that make
the film work.
"Our film crews were with the stu-
dents on and off for two years," says
Fab, who has more than 30 years
experience in film and video produc-
tion. "We also got to know the people
in the town, where everyone was

hearts of eighth-graders raised
in Whitwell, Tenn., a mostly
Protestant town. When they
were assigned to study the Holocaust
and learned about the
killing of six million
Jews, they looked for a
tangible way to under-
stand the number.
They decided to
collect paper clips to
represent each person.
Collecting the
paper clips became an
enormous task, and
before very long, the
entire school and
community became
involved. Youngsters
wrote letters to vari-
ous people and
organizations to build
The filmmakers at work in the Whitwelh Tenn., school.
their stock, and they
kept records of responses. The range
friendly and many opened their
of people who replied reached from
homes to us."
President Bill Clinton to actor Tom Bosley.
The film covers the involvement of
A newspaper article desCribing a
Holocaust survivors in planning a for-
school project led to the making of
mal display of the clips on the school
the film that is this year's centerpiece
grounds. Ultimately, there were 27
at. the 6th Annual Lenore Marwil
million paper clips collected, and the
JCC Jewish Film Festival.
memorial was extended to others
The wife of the film-development
killed by the Nazis. _
director at the Johnson Group, a
Michigan residents became strong
McLean, Va.-based production compa- contributors to the project with 80
ny, read about Tennessee youngsters'
separate donations of paper clips corn-
project and suggested it as a film subject. ing from many cities including Ann
The resulting documentary received
Arbor, Birmingham, Detroit,
the festival's Harold and Sarah
Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids,
Gottlieb Prize for Contributions to
Hazel Park, Huntington Woods and
Jewish Culture. It will be screened at 8 West Bloomfield.
p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the United
"When the film is released in the
Artists Theatres-Commerce; 8 p.m.
fall, we hope to have a study guide
Wednesday, April 28, at the Palace
available to prepare students to see it
Theatre in Windsor; 5 p.m. Thursday,
as a class," says Fab, who is not Jewish
April 29, at the Birmingham 8; 8 p.m.
but has participated in Jewish celebra-
Sunday, May 2, at the Michigan
tions with friends.
Theater in Ann Arbor. Discussion
"When I'm in Michigan for the
with the filmmakers and other guests
screening, I will talk about what the
will follow the screenings in
audience suggests, but I also want to
Commerce, Ann Arbor and Windsor.
emphasize the dedication of the peo-
"We wanted to show the people in
ple who helped with the project." ❑
the city of Whitwell, where the proj-
ect was completed, and who they real- For a Detroit connection to
ly are," explains Joe Fab, writer and
"Paper Clips," please see page 12.

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