Film producer Aaron Wolf discusses his new documentary â€œRestoring Tomorrow.â€
- In our divided nation,what can we agree on?
Well, that question israised in a new film
from actor and director, Aaron Wolf,
called Restoring Tomorrow.
Take a look.
- Is there anything we can agree on?
I think the answer is actually yes.
On November 13th, we are havingan incredibly special event
with the film Restoring Tomorrow.
You'll follow my journeyas I come back to my place
that mattered and together,we'll have this movement
of restoring tomorrow foreveryone all around the country
and guess what, that's something that
cuts through the divideand brings us all together.
That's what we need todo is find the things
that we have in common.
Just like this, our childhood bedrooms.
We all have places that matter.
This is a story about faith and damily
and about the idea thatwhen we come together,
the unthinkable can happen.
I hope you'll join me on November 13th
as we show the film, Restoring Tomorrow.
Afterwards, you'll seesomething truly remarkable.
You'll see a discussionwhere we all get along.
Together, we can findour childhood bedrooms
and our childhood placesthat mattered to us.
- Well, please welcome to The 700 Club,
the director of RestoringTomorrow, Aaron Wolf.
Aaron, it's great to have you here.
- It's so great to be here.
- This film is very personal to you.
- It is as personal as can be.
It started with a bump in the road.
I was supposed to getmarried and a month before,
the wedding got called off and I thought,
oh man, this was so, I was so depressed.
Then, my rabbi asked me, said,
I came in and he said,"Can you start chronicling
"what we're trying to do here?
"Restore this place that's falling apart."
So I did and about six months in,
I started to feel that connection again,
that connection to my faith, to my family,
my grandfather was a rabbi,
and I went on this journey and I realized
that I think I'm serving as a micro-cause
for what can happen to any younger person
in our country and how it'sso important to come back
to that place.
- Why do you say that?
Why is it so importantto come back to that?
- When we come back toour places that matter,
when we come back to ourchurches, to our temples,
all of a sudden, we're connecting to good
so that we can then go 'causethe building is the building
but what happens in that building is what
makes us who we are so then we can go out
and make the world a better place.
And it's a big message thatyou'll see in the movie
and in the movie, at the end,
I think you'll be caught off guard,
without a spoiler alert,with what happens.
- Alright, well,grandsons of rabbis aren't
supposed to go away.
So, what happened to you along the way?
- I went to New York, to NYUto the Film and Acting School
and just became caught up inbeing a 19, 20, 21 year old
and then, what I started tolearn is just how amazing
my grandfather was, what he did,
the man came at 19 yearsold from Nazi rural Germany
and I think there's a picture of him
in the forest practicing Judaism.
He came to the UnitedStates because as he said,
this is the most beautifulcountry there is.
This is the most beautifulcountry in the world.
He arrived at Ellis Island for freedom.
What he always said, hewas all about inner faith
and what he said to me growing up
and it's why I appreciatehim more now than ever,
unfortunately he's no longer with us,
is he was doing somethingthat I think is more relevant
today than ever, bringing people together,
uniting people, lettingpeople feel this faith,
this family, and restoringtomorrow for us and for everyone.
- So, tell me about the film.
What does it chronicle?
- It chronicles the journey of this temple
from the 1860s, from whenAbraham Lincoln was president
all the way to the present day.
It also shows other places of worship.
It shows my journey, my personal journey
and how I reconnected to my faith
and what I hope, it'sTuesday, November 13th,
that it's gonna be intheaters across the country
and with all of the pointingfingers that's going on
right now in our country,I hope we can reach out our
hands instead and stop thehate and start the hope.
- So there's a synagogue in LA?
- Yes.- From 1860?
- Yes, it started when the LA,
the population, guess how much.
- [Host] 20,000?
- [Host] 5,000.
- 5,000 people and so, itshows how this synagogue
has been a fly on the wall throughout
the history of our countryand what it also shows
is how it needs to be and places like it
need to be flies on the wallfor the next hundred years
and we, as youngerAmericans, as younger leaders
in our community, need to bethose voices for the future
because as we say in the movie,
we are the ancestors for the future
and the more that we can promote this hope
and promote this idea of family.
And that's why I want peopleto bring their grandparents.
I want you to go on November 13th
with your families.
And you'll see at theend, I think you'll feel
something truly special and connect again.
- I just find it really unusual.
There's a synagogue in LA from 1860
and it's absolutely spectacular
and this is a synagogue of synagogues.
This is a beautiful place.
Why does it go into disrepair?
What happened to the synagogue
that it declined?
- There's two words that come to mind,
complacency and neglect.
Complacency from my generation
and neglect because of that.
So, all of a sudden, you're losing a place
that is so important and wejust had an event I was at,
Shabbat Services there, andthe event was so powerful
because it was about the hate crimes
that have been going on and there were
people of all religionson the stage together,
uniting as one and that'swhat places like to stand for.
They're the places we wanna go to
when it matters most,when things are tough,
when times are tough, whenbumps in the road happen.
We need to have theseplaces and preserve them
and it's our duty as younger Americans
to make sure that they'realive for 100 years to come.
That's the message is, let's preserve it,
let's preserve it for ourfaith, for our family,
and for the future of our country.
- You can't talk aboutsynagogues in America today
without saying the word Pittsburgh.
It's unfortunate a wholecity has become now,
you just say Pittsburghand you mind immediately
goes to the shooting in the synagogue.
- It's why, you know, Iwish my grandfather was here
because he'd have better words than me.
- [Host] You're doing great.
You've got great word.
- The moment that happened, I said,
"You know what we need to do?
"This is a movement now andon Tuesday, November 13th,
"I want to raise money tohelp the victims families
"of all the hate crimesthat have been going on."
Pittsburgh stands out, now Thousand Oaks,
and we need to do that.
So, we're giving a portion of the proceeds
to the victims of hate because
the America that my grandfather came to
in that picture when he's on Ellis Island
is not the America ofgoing and shooting up
places of worship.
They're called sanctuaries.
They're called sanctuaries,they're called churches.
They're these places that are sacred
and the idea that our ownpeople are shooting them up,
that's not the America he cameto from Nazi rural Germany,
a place with the most hate.
He came to America for freedom
and for hope and that'swhat our movie is doing.
On Tuesday, around the country,
we can feel hope together.
- You're talking aboutinspiring a movement.
What do you want the movement to do?
- You know, I wantpeople to go in thinking
they're seeing a movieand then afterwards,
we've created a special piece
and then, I want them togo out to their community
and embrace one anotherand go back to your
place of faith, evenyour church, your temple,
or even if you think you'reatheist or something,
still go back.
Check it out, try it out
because when you go in andwhen you feel that energy,
you're gonna go out andfeel better about the world
and to me, that's a movement.
If we all start restoring our tomorrows,
we all can make the world a better place
and stop some of this from happening.
- I love that phrase,
even if you think you're an idiot.
That's a wonderful thing.
Well, the film is calledRestoring Tomorrow.
It's a one night only fathom event.
So you get one shot at this.
It's on Tuesday, November 13th.
To find a theater, we'vegot the listing on CBN.com
and we can refer you over to the website.