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Munich ’72 and Beyond Wins Best Documentary at LA Shorts Fest

munich-72Munich ’72 and Beyond, a searing account of the Munich Olympic Massacre and subsequent 43-year fight for recognition by the victims’ families, was named Best Documentary at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

“We are thrilled that Munich ’72 was singled out for this honor,” said David Ulich, one of the film’s producers, along with Dr. Steven Ungerleider. “We were able to capture an important story four decades in the making, culminating in a memorial to the victims.” With hundreds of films submitted, the LA Shorts Fest is a prestigious screening that celebrates a wide variety of shorter length films, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world.

The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and award winners are eligible for Academy nomination. LA Shorts Fest alumni directors include Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, David Lynch, Scarlett Johansson, Terry Gilliam, Kirsten Dunst, John Woo and many more.

The Best Documentary winner, Munich ’72 and Beyond, presents new insight into the first act of modern terror on a global stage, when Palestinian extremists killed 11 Israeli athletes, disrupting the Summer Olympics and shocking the world. With chilling detail, this meticulously researched documentary unravels why and how the attack happened, its aftermath, and its importance to us today. The film brings alarming new evidence to light that the victims were brutally tortured, which has made news around the world. It also captures a poignant struggle for public remembrance since the event.

A Production by The Foundation for Global Sports Development, Munich ’72 and Beyond is produced by Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Stephen Crisman, with Executive Producer Michael Cascio.

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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