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"The Mask" bad guy, Orestes Matacena, turns good guy using Kickstarter for new movie "Swastika," about the Jewish Resistance against the Nazis.

Kickstarter backers will make history with “Swastika,” a story never told before in cinema. The Jewish Resistance fighters of World War II mirror those that fight for freedom in a post World War II society, making this movie relevant even today!

LOS ANGELES, October 30, 2013 -- "The Mask" bad guy Orestes Matacena, with producing partner Orna Rachovitsky, empower the public to become Kickstarter backers of their latest movie “Swastika” on the world's largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. "The average moviegoer is not a decision maker at a big Hollywood studio, and, therefore, will never be able to dictate what movies are made," Orestes says.

The filmmakers created a presentation on the Kickstarter website (www.kickstarter.com) that anyone can view and set a funding goal. The viewers then decide whether or not to pledge at a certain level and become "backers." If the financing goal is reached, then the movie will be funded and made, which also unlocks specific rewards set for each pledge level.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” -- Elie Wiesel

The movie “Swastika” is about the Jewish Resistance in the streets of Warsaw, Poland during the Nazi occupation. Very few movies have been made directly about the Resistance during this time (http://www.imdb.com/list/I7z76BSZKK4/). Producer Orna Rachovitsky explains, "It is imperative to honor and remember these heroes (known and unknown) for their sacrifice to stop Nazis in their tracks. History repeats itself, and we see today the same atrocities in the world with genocide, slavery, forced marriage and human trafficking, to name a few."

“The Nazis intended to destroy human values. The ghetto conditions of starvation, diseases, lack of medication, overcrowding, forced labor, abuse, humiliation, and death forced people to wage a day-to-day struggle to survive and eroded the stability of the family unit.” -Franziska Reiniger

[www.yadvashem.org, Jewish Resistance and Uprisings, Teaching through Films, http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/education/newsletter/30/teaching_films.asp]

Orna Rachovitsky and Orestes Matacena have teamed up on narrative feature films during the past fourteen years. "The goal of every film we make is to increase awareness and provoke thought while entertaining the audience," says Orestes, "Awareness and education are the keys to stomping out evil, and film can accomplish these effectively by reaching a large audience."

Orna Rachovitsky adds, "We want moviegoers to enjoy an entire viewing experience while opening their minds up to new ideas. Movies, and the arts in general, have the power to shift us. They can encourage us to stay informed about subjects, continue on a course of discovery and take action. “Swastika” is no exception."

The filmmakers, along with their backers, can make a difference in the world through movies! Anyone who is interested to be part of this movie making experience can become a backer at www.kickstarter.com. The "Swastika" campaign begins at 12 NOON, October 30, 2013 and will continue for forty-seven days until December 16, 2013.


View a movie promo on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JnxGJxBxjng

About the Company:

Producers of “Swastika” (www.swastikathemovie.com) Orna Rachovitsky and Orestes Matacena, owners of East General Plan Films, began working together fourteen years ago. They are committed to making movies that entertain and make the audience think, while continuing to develop and expand their repertoire. The production office is in Los Angeles, CA. Orestes Matacena is an actor and has worked with top directors like John Milius, Charles "Chuck" Russell and Barry Sonnenfeld. He has extensive experience in theatre, commercials and film. Orestes has written about forty screenplays; "Bitter Sugar" is one of the screenplays that was directed by Leon Ichaso (“Sugar Hill,” "El Cantante"). Orestes has also produced and directed several features; "Swastika" is his next undertaking. Orna Rachovitsky is a producer, actress and filmmaker. Her work includes, independent features, documentaries, music videos as well as voiceover productions, industrials and training videos. The movie "Swastika" hits very close to home as many family members on her father's side parished in the Holocaust.

For complete information visit: www.swastikathemovie.com

Become a Backer CLICK HERE to view the presentation and make a pledge.

In memory of:

Six million Jews
Twenty Million Russians
Ten Million Christians
Nineteen-Hundred Catholic priests
Thousands of Gypsies, Homosexuals, Lesbians, Africans, Biracial and Black Germans, Middle Easterners, Asians ...
who were murdered, raped, sterilized, gassed, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated by the Nazis.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets!


The movie is dedicated to:

All Jews and Gentiles who were part of the resistance against the Nazi occupation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa during World War II.

In Poland alone 5.3 million Poles were murdered during the Nazi occupation, half of these people were Jews.


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