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I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking whiskey and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of that writing has been on long-form projects, like screenplays, teleplays, detailed pitches, and (those ever-dreaded) rewrites. The shortest of these projects come in around 30 pages; the longest ones top out around 120.

Because of this, I sometimes take an hour or so to write a short comedic sketch (between one to ten pages) to break up the monotony of those more long-form projects. Over the past couple years I’ve written about a dozen of them; but while they’re fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

So to remedy this, I’ve decided to put them out there for everyone to read. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my hard drive until I’m dead.

2. It’s my hope that someone out there might be inspired to actually do something with them. Want to film it as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating it? Go for it. Feel like performing it onstage somewhere? I double-dog dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where it’s due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product to check out. I’ll even put it up on The Blarg to share with the four people who visit my site. Hi, NSA!

The eighth of Shady’s Shorts is called “Schindler’s List.”

Download it by clicking below.


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“Schindler’s List” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2014.
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“Inheritance” (Allentown Productions)

I have a soft spot for anything Docurama releases. Through the years they’ve been responsible for some of my favorite documentaries, including “The Staircase,” which should be seen by everyone.

Their track record is still unscathed after watching their latest release, “Inheritance.”

“Inheritance” tells the story of two women who have one man in common, and the struggles they go through to meet for the first time.

The man they have in common is Amon Goeth, the SS Commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp in Krakow, Poland, and one of the most inhumane and notorious Nazi leaders of World War II.

Helen Jonas was a camp prisoner who was forced to work in Goeth’s house as a slave. Monika Hertwig was Goeth’s only child, born just before her father was hung for war crimes.

Hertwig never knew her father, yet she carries around an intense amount of guilt for his actions during the war. She knew so little about him, in fact, that her first impression of him was Ralph Fiennes’ interpretation of him in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” in 1993.

Shortly after the release of “Schindler’s List,” Hertwig saw an interview with Helen Jonas on television, where she talked about the horrors she witnessed and experienced firsthand while living in the Goeth household. After seeing the interview, Hertwig decided to seek out the woman who had been tortured by her father for so long.

“Inheritance” documents Hertwig’s journey from Germany and Jonas’ journey from New Jersey, as they meet for the first time at the site in Poland where the Plaszow Camp once stood.

One of the most interesting aspects of the documentary is how each woman deals with their past. Helen, who suffered far worse than Monika will ever know, is headstrong and tough, acting almost as a pillar for the confused and fragile Hertwig to lean on. In the end it’s obvious that both women are victims of the same man, albeit in different ways.

The disc could have used a few more extras (there is only an interview with the director and cinematographer, as well as a small featurette on the score) because the film itself is just over an hour long, but the story it tells manages to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

It almost gives me hope for humanity. Almost.


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