Skye Fitzgerald is one of Portland’s wonderful documentary filmmakers. Over the years, he has tackled some tough subjects. A couple of years ago he met a Portland hand surgeon that immigrated to America from Syria as a teenager. He learned that Dr. Bismar was contemplating a trip to Turkey to volunteer his services to a border town hospital to help with a flood of Syrian refugees. We follow Dr. Bismar to Turkey to see him and other volunteers and staff care for young and old in some really tough conditions.
50 Feet From Syria was on the short list of ten for an Academy Award nomination in the Short Documentary category.
Rex did the audio mix in 5.1 and LtRt Stereo. We did a lot of noise reduction processing to the field audio and added various sound sweetening elements before doing the final mix. Chris encoded the film, made the DVD master and the DCP for theaters.
You can check out more about the film at 50feetfromsyria.com and watch it on Netflix.