Oscar-winning doc has N.L. connection
A documentary that won an Oscar on Sunday night has a Newfoundland and Labrador connection.
Jon Kitzen, one of the producers of The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, was a passenger stranded in Newfoundland during 9/11.
The film won an Academy Award in the documentary short subject category.
Kitzen lives part-time in downtown St. John's, and one of his children was born here.
The documentary centres around Alice Herz-Sommer, who was the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor. She died about a week before the documentary won its Oscar.
Kitzen told CBC's Weekend Arts Magazine before the Oscars on Sunday that he hoped to be able to bring the award home.
"We're hoping we win, and if we win we will be coming on the week of March 10 — we'll be bringing it there," he said.
Kitzen said the film was perhaps a surprise to many people who viewed it with certain expectations.
"People think it's going to be a downer and it's going to be a story of the horrors of Auschwitz, which were certainly horrible, but it actually is the story of redemption," Kitzen said.
He said the film turned into something special.
"You can look at the glass as half full or half empty, and in her case she chose to live her life fully."
Kitzen will also be screening his film, Soldiers' Stories, on March 13 at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John's.