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Stephen Crisman and Michael Cascio Developing Terrorism Documentary (Exclusive)
Get ready for a deeper look into terrorism.
Stephen Crisman and Michael Cascio are developing a theatrical documentary short that examines the massacre at the Munich Olympics in 1972, an event widely considered the first act of modern terrorism.
Munich 1972 & Beyond, the project's working title, will explore the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes within the context of a new memorial under construction in Munich, an initiative undertaken by the Bavarian government to bring a sense of closure to this 43-year drama. The film will unravel why and how the attack happened, its aftermath and its importance now and in future years. A theatrical release is planned for later this fall, along with a wide educational and global television distribution.
“The Munich Olympics forever changed our world, but there are millions of people who don’t remember,” said Crisman. “Now is the time to fully examine the catalyst to modern terrorism with wide open eyes, new research and hard-hitting questions that are revealing and relevant for today — especially in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and other attacks.” Added Cascio, whose work has covered the Holocaust and 9/11: “I’ve never shied away from strong topics. Munich will be that rare, exceptional film that the world should watch."
Crisman, whose credits include documentaries for A&E, MSNBC and 60 Minutes, and Cascio, a former programming chief at National Geographic Channel, A&E and MSNBC, will collaborate with the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) on the documentary. Producers from the GSD include sports psychologist Dr. Steven Ungerleider, author of “Faust’s Gold” and “Mental Training,” and GSD president David Ulich, who has previously worked closely with the American Film Institute and the Annenberg Foundation. Ungerleider and Ulich came up with the idea for the film, and they will be an integral part of the creative and production team as they have 35 years of experience consulting with the Olympic Committee.
“Forty-two years later, the Munich attack is merely a historical footnote," said Ungerleider. "We need to come to terms with this horrific trauma before any healing can take place.” Added Ulich: “The Olympic movement represents the highest ideals of peace and athleticism, and this film will ideally find out not only how the event failed to live up to those standards, but how we’re dealing with it now to make sure it never happens again.”