Contact: Barbara Wolinsky

Raise the Roof will Air Nationally on Public Television


BOSTON, MA, USA – 16 October 2017 – Trillium Studios is pleased to announce that its award-winning documentary Raise the Roof will have its American broadcast premiere, airing nationally on public television. Raise the Roof will be broadcast as part of “Jewish Film Showcase,” an exciting slate of three dynamic feature documentaries presented by The National Center for Jewish Film and distributed by American Public Television. Curated as a mini film festival, the “Jewish Film Showcase” films, including Raise the Roof, will begin broadcasting on public television stations in late 2017 and continue through 2018. Once broadcast information by city and date becomes available, details will be listed on

Raise the Roof comes to public television after a highly successful, international run of more than 150 festival and event screenings and having won 6 best documentary film awards. “It has been gratifying to see Raise the Roof get such an enthusiastic reception and we are thrilled that American Public Television will be making the film available to such a large audience.” said producer, Cary Wolinsky.

Raise the Roof documents the ten-year journey of artists Rick and Laura Brown as they inspire more than 300 students and professionals to travel to Poland with the intention to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the 200 magnificent wooden synagogues destroyed by the end of World War II.  At its heart, the film is about a passionate collaboration – a welcome antidote to the divisive rhetoric so prevalent in public life today.

The original Gwoździec synagogue was built in the 18th century, at a time when these wooden buildings were the center of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.  Elaborate and sophisticated, unique to their time and place, they flourished for centuries, growing more complex during this period of Jewish prosperity.  As the Browns and their team hew the log structure and recreate the painted ceiling, they discover a little known period of history when Jews and Poles worked side-by-side to create stunning, mysterious, and profoundly meaningful buildings.

Raise the Roof is about a remarkable dream and a journey of rediscovery – one that starts with tragedy and ends in triumph,” said director Yari Wolinsky.  “It highlights the optimism of a new generation and a growing dialogue between Jews and Poles about the past and the future, providing a unique and positive way to connect with history.”

Rick and Laura Brown, featured in the film, are the founders of Handshouse Studio, an American non-profit whose philosophy of “reverse engineering” inspires people to use their hands, experience old tools, and use techniques that have become outdated by modern technology, so that a period’s history, culture, science, and art will be brought back to life. Their magnificent, hand-made replica of the Gwoździec roof and ceiling mural is now the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

“Jewish Film Showcase” includes two other powerful documentaries: Carvalho’s Journey, a real life 19th century adventure about Solomon Nunes Carvalho, a Sephardic daguerreotypist, who was one of the first to photograph the American West; and Ahead of Time, a portrait of foreign correspondent Ruth Gruber, whose trail breaking career spanned nearly a century.

Visit to view the movie trailer and press kit and for information about future and past screenings.  Photos are available at 


About Trillium Studios:
Founded by National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky and graphic designer Barbara Wolinsky, Trillium Studios provides quality editorial content to international magazines, television, corporate and nonprofit clients.  Since 1979, Trillium has created projects in 44 countries.  In 2010, the company began to focus on the creation of documentary films and is now led by director, Yari Wolinsky. To find out more about Trillium Studios, visit

Contact: Cary Wolinsky. 781-659 2839

About National Center for Jewish Film:
The National Center for Jewish Film is a unique, independent non-profit film archive, distributor, and exhibitor. Since 1976, the Center has rescued, restored and exhibited films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life. Its archive of Jewish-content films is the world’s largest outside of Israel. A leader in the collection and exhibition of Jewish film and culture, NCJF provides consultation to thousands of curators and educators each year and fosters cultural, artistic and educational programming worldwide. The Center is a major distributor of Jewish-content films, with more than 250 films―restored classics and contemporary independent films―in active distribution.

To find out more about NCJF, visit
Contact: Lisa Rivo, 781-736 8600

About American Public Television:
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Founded in 1961, among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, A Place to Call Home, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its 12th year, Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — is distributed by American Public Television. APT also distributes WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

Contact: Colette Greenstein, 617- 338-4455 ext 133