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Film Producer Reconnects with His Roots

Film producer Aaron Wolf discusses his new documentary “Restoring Tomorrow.” Read Transcript


- 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.

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- 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.

(light music)

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.

(light music)

- 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.

Why?

- 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?

- 5,000.

- [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.

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