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JACK KEMP

Budapest to Gettysburg is a film about a unique individual: Dr. Gabor Boritt.   Gabor is a brilliant scholar, a good friend and an incredible manifestation of the American Dream. His story speaks loudly about America's strengths.  

My family and I have had the honor of touring the Gettysburg battlefield with Gabor.   At first his thick Hungarian accent seemed out of place in the midst of   Pennsylvania's rolling countryside. I stood near the Copse of Trees to which General Lee pointed, ordering his men to charge on the afternoon of July 3, 1863. Gabor's life experiences made the history of which he spoke even more immediate.   Here the Confederacy reached its high water mark.   The defeat of Lee's army at Gettysburg marked the turning point in the war to save the United States.    What if the Rebels had broken the line in Pickett's Charge? Had won the battle? Had won the war? What if the United States had broken up?   Who would have been there when Hitler's Nazi armies threatened to conquer all of Europe? When the Soviet Union looked to expand its totalitarian rule?   These questions are all the more real coming from a man who lived through the brutal alternatives.   Gabor's interpretations of American history are a powerful experience. It is an experience that should be shared by more then   the few who are privileged to hear one of Gabor's tours or lectures as you and I have done.   The Budapest to Gettysburg project will bring this experience to a wide audience.

I first met his son, Jake Boritt, in Gettysburg when he was a young boy -   passing the football with him in the yard of his family's farmhouse.   This 200 year old   farm served as both a stop on the Underground Railroad and a Confederate battle hospital. He was raised in an environment rich in history.   Today he is a filmmaker living in New York City.   He has worked producing and shooting documentaries for PBS, CBS, BBC, A&E and other broadcast outlets.   He finished his first full length film, a history of the Gettysburg area, in 2002.    Adams County USA went on to   air on public television, at the National Geographic Society, with Ken Burns praising it: "Jake Boritt has made a really good film. I enjoyed every minute of it."   I'm confident that Jake's talents and his close relationship with his father will make for a powerful film.