The Neiger family was living a peaceful life in the Jewish community of Krakow when the arrival of World War II changed their lives forever. When Nazis forced the family into harsh Ghetto life, they made a vow to escape as a family. But when circumstances forced the family to separate from older brother Ben, their will to survive was put to the test. Their story is told in They Survived Together, Winner of Best Historical Documentary, New York Emmy’s 2022. Our screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the creative team, including John Rokosny (director), Andriette Redmann (producer), and Patty Schumann (editor).

John Rokosny is an Emmy Award-winning Producer and Director with 30 years of experience in Film, Television and Music. He has produced 100 episodes of the TV series, “Quiet Triumphs”, for Hallmark, and documentaries for television: “The Last Poets” for BRAVO for Black History Month, and “7th Inning Stretch” for ESPN. Rokosny has directed hundreds of top name stars in National Public Service TV and Radio campaigns.
John Rokosny and Andriette Redmann began producing films and music as a team 25 years ago, including the soundtrack for “They Survived Together” which features music by Grammy winning composer Frank London of the Klezmatics, and the Jewish lullaby, “Durme, Durme” by Andriette’s group, Avon Faire. Together they have produced dozens of fundraising films for charities, including music legend Paul Simon’s Children’s Health Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charites, and many others. Their films have screened at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Ziegfeld Theater for the Star Wars premiere, The Music Box Theater, the Wiesenthal Center, and other notable locations.
Patty Schumann is a seasoned editor with over two decades of experience working on feature films, documentaries, commercials, and television programs, including the Emmy Award nominated “Oprah’s Master Class”, and the NY Emmy Award winning film, They Survived Together. Her work has been recognized with four Telly Awards, two AVA Awards, the DigiFest Award, the Director’s Circle Award, the Hermes Creative Award, the Insight Award, the Creative Spirit Award and has been screened on PBS stations across the country and in many film festivals around the world. Schumannis the Co-Founder and Festival Director/Programmer of the YoFiFest, the Yonkers film festival and co-founder of the YoFi Digital Media Art Center.