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March 31, 2013: The Gettysburg Story Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is complete: an overwhelming success thanks to 505 backers contributing $66,237. Along with $15,000 of additonal backing contributed to public televsion we tripled our initial goal of $25,000. Thank you.

March 26, 2013: WITF: History, Meet the Future: The Gettysburg Story
March 25, 2013: Penn State Altoona: Gettysburg Filmmaker Jake Boritt to Speak
March 18, 2013: Gettysburg Times: Film uses modern tech to tell 'The Gettysburg Story'
March 1, 2013: JOIN US! THE GETTYSBURG STORY Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign has launched. 'The Gettysburg Story' film dramatically tells the history of the greatest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere. Narrated by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg) and directed by Jake Boritt, the stories of characters who experience the battle come alive through dynamic, innovative imagery that captures the historic battleground as you have never seen it before. Check out amazing footage and learn how these never-before-seen shots were made in on of America's most iconic places. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boritt/the-gettysburg-story

October 6, 2012: On his birthday, filmmaker Jake Boritt married Heather Ross on the Boritt family's historic Civil War era Farm by the Ford in Gettysburg. Gettysburg Times

October 1, 2012: Using technology at the vanguard of the industry for motion control time-lapse cinematography we are capturing the landscape in a new and dramatic fashion. To do this we shoot with state of the art full sensor DSLRs. We are also working with companies like Dynamic Perception and cinematographers that are spearheading this new art form, including Cameron Michael, Shawn Reeder and Jay Burlage. In fact, one of the very unique aspects of this project is that it marks the first time the National Park Service has permitted a film crew to shoot on the battlefield at night. The amazing low light capabilities of the latest cameras allow us to capture the ethereal beauty of the battlefield as billions of stars pass overheard. We are producing imagery, never seen before, from the soldiers’ perspective that transfixes the viewer.
September 1, 2012: THE GETTYSBURG STORY will be nationally syndicated on public televsion by Maryland Public Televsion. Commonly known by its familiar name "MPT", is a public television network that compromises six television stations that broadcasts throughout the entire state of Maryland as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. MPT is the only state-wide broadcaster in Maryland. MPT is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service.

July 1, 2012: We have just completed ten days of filming on the Gettysburg battlefield with FreeFly Cinema.FreeFly Cinema (Tab Firchau and Hugh Bell) specializes in low altitude aerial filming from remote helicopters. Freefly's work includes feature films, action sports, commercial campaigns, as well as extensive work for National Geographic. Freefly combines highly experienced pilots, the latest film and video equipment, and cutting edge stabilization technology to ensure smooth footage and accurate flight patterns.

 

February 1, 2011: Colin "KC" Byers, an Eagle Scout and a star of "759," died suddenly on February 1st . He would have celebrated his 18th birthday on February 9th. Colin was struck down within a matter of hours by a massive brain trauma related to a blood disorder called ITP that developed very rapidly. It is a terrible tragedy, still shocking to all those who knew and love Colin. You Can see some more video of Colin here and learn how you can help his family - who also lost Colin's father Patrick Byers to cancer last year. harlemscouts.com/colin

February 16, 2011:Dr. Judith Borit, Gabor's sister who was featured prominently in "Budapest to Gettysburg" died on January 3, 2011. We miss her so much. Here obituary is here on the Boston Globe website. Or for some videos featuring Judy please visit here.

October, 2011: "Boy Scouts of Harlem: 759" aired nationally on Public Television stations via mpt. The New York Daily News gave the film 3 stars saying, "subtle and uplifting...Boy Scouts of Harlem merits our attention." The New Amsterdam News wrote, "Boy Scouts of Harlem triumphs." The Boston Globe called the film "a genial documentary..Boritt and Szlaza have talent." See more press here: harlemscouts.com/press

July 2, 2010: Actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods & Generals, Gettysburg) will perform excerpts from the brand new GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD AUTO TOUR based on works of Gabor Boritt and written and produced by Jake Boritt. link

February 16, 2009: New York Times Op-Ed by Gabor Boritt: Radio Free Lincoln. Three other contributors wrote op-eds about Lincoln including Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The New York Times

February 16, 2009: The Right to Rise: Gabor's work is featured heavily in David Von Drehle'sTime Magazine story about Abraham Lincoln and the economy. Time Magazine

Vanity Fair - February, 2009: "An Oral History of the Bush White House": I was featured in Vanity Fair's article about the last 8 years by Cullen Murphy and Todd Purdum. My photo is between Hans Blix and Michael Brown. Heckuva job Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair

February 12, 2009: Washington, DC: Gabor attends multiple events honoring the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial including the grand reopening of Ford's Theater with President and Mrs. Obama, George Lucas and Sidney Poitier; the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial, and the Bi-Cameral celebration of the Bicentennial in the Capitol Rotunda. Lincoln Bicentennial

February, 8 2009: Springfield, IL: Gabor recieves the Order of Lincoln award.

759: Boy Scouts of Harlem: My latest doc is a funny upbeat film about an endearing Boy Scout Troop in Harlem I made with Justin Szlasa. We follow eleven year old Keith Dozier, 759's newest Scout, from the streets of Harlem to the woods of Camp Keowa. The film will premier at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in March and then screen on the U.S.S. Intrepid. www.harlemscouts.com

January/February 2009: The Gettysburg Experience: Along with my dad, my mom and their two dogs I was featured in the Jan. and Feb. editons of the The Gettysburg Experience magazine. I think I may be the first person to have their photo featured in Vanity Fair and The Gettysburg Experience in the same month. The Gettysburg Experience -Jan. '09 The Gettysburg Experience Feb. '09

Nov. 17, 2008: Washington, D.C.: The President of the United States awards a 2008 National Humanities Medal to Gabor S. Boritt, for a distinguished career of scholarship on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. His life's work and his life's story stand as testaments to our nation's precious legacy of liberty. LINK

Nov. 16, 2008: Boston, MA: Thank you to all who attended the New England Premiere in the Boston Jewish Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts on November 16. Pictures coming soon. LINK

Nov. 4, 2008: Harlem, New York City: I along with Teri Johnson, Jamund Washington and 20 other filmmakers filmed Harlem from 5 am to 2 am on the day Barack Obama was elected as the first black president. LINK

September 6, 2008: Gettysburg, PA: Along with my dad Gabor, my brother Dan and two historians: Matthew Pinsker and Richard Sommers I helped give a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield to President and Mrs. Bush and abotu 20 of their friends and colleagues including: Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzalez, Harriet Miers, Karen Hughes and others. LINK

 

Gabor Boritt is an expert on Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. Fifty years after fleeing a continent ravaged by the terror of Hitler and Stalin, Gabor reluctantly returns to his native Budapest. Urged by his son, he faces the harsh history of his Jewish-Hungarian childhood: the Nazi invasion, the Holocaust, Allied bombing raids, Soviet tyranny, the 1956 Revolution and his escape to America. From the streets of Budapest to the fields of Gettysburg, Gabor discovers the intimate and epic history that transformed him into a great scholar of Lincoln, the Civil War and American democracy.