documentThe Kindertransport identity card of refugee Lore Segal, from the feature-length documentary Into the Arms of Strangers, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures / Photo courtesy of Lore Segal

Kindertransport Screening to Benefit Television and Film Arts Program

Deborah Oppenheimer, producer of the Academy Award–winning documentary Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, will take part in a special presentation and screening to benefit the television and film arts program on Saturday, October 3, in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College. A reception at 6:00 p.m. will precede the 7:00 p.m. screening, followed by questions from the audience at 9:00 p.m.

Deborah OppenheimerOppenheimer won an Oscar in 2000 for her documentary about the Kindertransport that rescued 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied territories by relocating them to foster homes and hostels in Britain. Oppenheimer’s mother was among them. In a quest to find out more about her mother’s childhood, Oppenheimer researched and produced the story.

Oppenheimer graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College with a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education. She worked as a development and production executive at Lorimar Productions, creating programming for HBO, Showtime, and PBS television networks. She became vice president of production at Lorimar, where she oversaw features, made-for-television movies, miniseries, and episodic television programs (The Hogan Family, Full House, and Dallas). Oppenheimer is president of Mohawk Productions at Warner Bros. (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez).

She was awarded an honorary doctor of fine arts from the State University of New York in 2005, and received the Buffalo State College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.

Tickets for the event are $100 and are available through the Arts and Humanities Dean’s Office, 878-6326.