About the Film:
A daughter tells the story of the controversial choices that her father, a Jewish artist from Poland, made in order to survive the Holocaust. Eddie Vitch (né Ignace Levkovitch) was a talented comedian, caricature artist, and mime. His iconic drawings of the silver screen’s biggest stars covered the walls of the iconic Brown Derby in Los Angeles—a famous Hollywood haunt and the stuff of celebrity lore— where Vitch drew and hobnobbed with stars like Joan Crawford, Clark Gabe, Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich. After Vitch was deported to Europe in the 1930s, the Nazi Ministry of Propaganda ordered him to perform his hit mime act at some of Germany’s most prestigious theaters in front of the Gestapo and Nazi elite, including Goering and Goebbels—a task he continued throughout the war. Was he hiding in plain sight, or were the Nazis protecting him? As Vitch’s mysterious life is revealed, it becomes clear that what happened decades ago still affects his family today.
Exhibit & Reception:
Join the local filmmakers and producers, including Eddie Vitch's niece, Yaffa Maritz, after the film for an exhibit of Eddie Vitch’s famous Brown Derby caricatures of Hollywood celebrities and a Brown Derby-themed cake reception.
Gale Picker and John Larsen
Screenings & Events