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Crayons and Paper One Sheet
 
Tag Line

Innocence is the first casualty of war.

FORMS:Documentary, Short
GENRES:Educational, Human Rights, Independent, War/Peace, Culture
NICHES:African, Third World, Children


Short Synopsis

Helicopters attacking villages. Armed troops burning homes and shooting children. Houses on fire as planes roar through the sky. The crudely drawn pictures show the horrors of war through the eyes of children in two of the world?s most violent places: Sri Lanka and Sudan. Dr. Jerry Ehrlich, a pediatrician working with Doctors Without Borders, brought back home hundreds of these drawings.

This is his story and the stories of countless children, devastated by war.

Long Synopsis

Dr. Jerry Ehrlich knew that he needed to make Doctors Without Borders part of his lifetime pediatric experience. In practice serving children in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, since 1966, Dr. Jerry made his first trip with that organization in 1991. The destination: Sri Lanka. The only pediatrician in a large hospital, Dr. Jerry tended to the young victims of that country's civil war that had been raging since 1983.

Dr. Jerry brought with him not only his medical expertise, but also something for the children: crayons and paper. And through art, he had the children document their lives. These drawings are a testament to what happens to children in war. The images are devastating: villages on fire, people being shot, helicopters and planes bombing homes and villagers.

Dr. Jerry went on to other troubled areas as well, including Haiti and the Caucus region. And on each mission, he brought with him supplies of crayons and paper. In 2004, he was called to Darfur. The U.N. has labeled Darfur as 'the worst humanitarian disaster in the world' and Dr. Jerry's photographs of malnourished and dying children only add weight to this declaration.

But the crudely drawn images of Darfur's youngest victims add a heartbreaking and emotional urgency to the crisis in Darfur. They are violent, bold and heartbreaking.

Crayons and Paper is the story of Dr. Jerry and the children whose drawings recount the devastating affects of war on the most innocent of victims.
GRIT TV
with Laura Flanders
Crayons and Paper was featured on GRITtv With laura Flanders on July 24, 2008. Watch the segment above.
HIGH-RES STILLS
Crayons and Paper art. 2.36 mb Sri Lankan child's drawing
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Daruf Child's drawing
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Sri Lankan child
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ABOUT DR. JERRY EHRLICH

Dr. Jerry Ehrlich began his pediatric career in 1966. He continues to treat children in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, area.

In 1991, Dr. Jerry first traveled to Sri Lanka with the aid organization, Doctors Without Borders. After making two more trips to Sri Lanka, he received a call about a mission to Darfur in 2004. Like he did in Sri Lanka, Dr. Jerry brought with him boxes of crayons and sheets of paper so that the children could document their lives through art. He got the idea to do this after viewing some drawings made by children during the Holocaust in the Terezin ghetto in what is now the Czech Republic. He returned from Darfur with over 150 drawings. A few of those drawings were placed online and director Bruce David Janu stumbled upon them while making his film, Facing Sudan. The two subsequently met and portions of Dr. Jerry's interview can be found in that film.

However, there was more to the interview than just Darfur, which prompted Janu to produce a short documentary that focuses exclusively on Dr. Jerry and the drawings he brought back from not only Darfur, but also Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jerry continues to spread awareness about Darfur. He makes on average three presentation a week to schools and community organizations. Recently, he spoke about Darfur at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem at their 6th International Conference on The Holocaust Education.

At 73, Dr. Jerry has no plans for retirement and looks to go on another mission soon.
Dr. Jerry with a child in Darfur
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Dr. Jerry Ehrlich
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Director, Bruce David Janu
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Tom Flannery, composer
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Lorne Clarke, Composer
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Bruce David Janu's first feature documentary, "Facing Sudan," hit the festival circuit in 2007 and garnered two best documentary awards. "Crayons and Paper" is a followup to that film and features one of its subjects: Dr. Jerry Ehrlich.

"I was just taken by him," explains Janu. "He is a film unto himself."

Over the last several years working on "Facing Sudan," Janu has become passionate about Darfur and, in particular, about the fate of children in conflict zones. "Crayons and Paper" focuses on the plight of children in two of the world's most violent places: Sri Lanka and Darfur.

A teacher by trade, Janu began an education supply company in 1999 which featured demonstration videos of two of his products: "Bring Out Your Dead: Recreating the Black Death in the Classroom" and "Mouldering in the Grave: a Dramatic Approach to Teaching about John Brown." Several educational videos followed and soon Janu was producing videos professionally, making his mark especially in the wedding video field. In addition to weddings, Janu continued making educational videos and productions for the occasional corporate client.

After finishing "Facing Sudan," Janu was ready for another documentary.

"I didn't feel that Dr. Jerry's story was complete in the first film," he explains. "So here I am again, hopefully using Dr.Jerry to raise awareness not only about Darfur, but about Sri Lanka as well."

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS

Northeast Pennsylvania singer-songwriter (and playwright) Tom Flannery has been called "one of the most gifted songwriters to emerge at the turn of the century" by the All Music Guide. Pretty heady stuff for the unassuming descendent of Irish coal miners.

Since his 1998 debut Song About a Train, which the AMG called "heartfelt and brilliant," he's been steadily building an impressive, grassroots following. Mainly through the web, since he plays only a handful of live gigs a year. "I love to play live," he says with a sigh. "I just hate everything that goes with it. The travel, the near starvation, the empty chairs, the singing your guts out for $50, the folk nazis, the flat tires, missing the kids. The business of it all just sucks. So I said screw it. I'll stay in my basement and write."

And so, after 2 more official releases, The Anthracite Shuffle in 2000 and the solo acoustic Drinking With Nick Drake in 2002 (both of which received rave reviews....the former being called "a brilliant and eclectic tapestry of American folk music" while the latter was dubbed "intimate, direct, beautifully limpid...the strongest set of lyrics he has yet penned"), he created the SongaWeek.com website. "I decided to just give everything away," he says. "And I mean everything. I write so many songs, and it costs like 10 grand to put out an "official" CD with a dozen tracks on it. I was writing 2 or 3 songs a week at that point. Hell, I'd be broke in a month. My problem is I don't dabble in anything. Once I get hooked I become manic. So I bought a digital 8 track machine and I've released everything since digitally through the web." This includes tracks that make up 2 online song cycles, 2004's heartbreaking "A Rwandan Song Cycle," and SongsforWoody.com, a collection of songs about his idol, Woody Guthrie. A brand new song cycle, this one dealing the the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, was just released in early 2007. "Ain't I a cheery bastard?" he says.

The title of the SongaWeek website was no idle boast. Since it's debut in the spring of 2003, Flannery has not missed a single deadline. One new song (at least) has been released as an MP3 every week since then. All are recorded solo acoustic. "I'd hire a band but I don't pay very well," Flannery says. "Actually, I don't pay at all. So, solo acoustic it is. Fine with me. Less arguments and no more drunken drummers."

The response has been overwhelming. Over 1,000,000 downloads in 5 years. Flannery's eclectic offerings covering everything from the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide to what he calls a "love song" for George Bush and Cindy Sheehan.

It was through Songaweek.com that Tom first met Bruce Janu. Janu stumbled across the website while looking for music to use in Facing Sudan. Janu asked to use a couple of songs and soon Flannery found himself, along with Lorne Clarke, writing the entire soundtrack.

It is Flannery?s song, "Crayons and Paper," inspired by the children?s drawings from Darfur, that provides the title and the theme to the short film

"I just love to write. If I go a few days without trying out something new I feel like a sloth," Flannery admits. And so the new century has emerged. And Tom Flannery plans on chronicling it through song. "If I hit the lottery I may release another official CD. You know....bass, drums, orchestral flourishes, rapping with the ghost of George Martin, snorting cocaine off the sound board...the rock and roll works. But if that doesn't happen I'll keep giving 'em away. One week at a time. People are listening. Why wouldn't I? I get bored pretty easily."
TOM FLANNERY
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For more than 30 years, Canada's Lorne Clarke has been performing at festivals, clubs, house concerts and theatres across Canada and the United States. A powerful singer and gifted songwriter, he cut his teeth as a performing artist in the busy Toronto folk scene in the early 1970's - branching out into Bluegrass in the mid 1980's. In 1994 Clarke returned to the solo acoustic folk scene with a series of critically acclaimed performances on US Public Radio and TV.

Raised in the isolated mining community of Schefferville, Quebec, Lorne's music reveals his working-class roots as well as a strong humanist bent. He has worked as a ship's engineer, high-rise construction carpenter, a dairy farmer, a Toronto cop, and a power plant engineer in a paper mill. All of these experiences colour his songs and lend them a down-to-earth perspective.

October 1999 marked the release of "Lorne Clarke" his eponymously titled debut CD. It is a powerful collection of 14 original songs in a rich acoustic package, featuring an outstanding musical cast and produced by internationally respected producer/engineer, George Graham.

In 2003 Lorne teamed with American singer-songwriter Tom Flannery in starting SongaWeek.com, an online home for their music. In well over 4 years they have made available at least one brand new song every week to download. In conjunction with SongaWeek, the pair released a pair of free song cycles in 2004 and 2006. " Rwanda Songs" and "Hands in the Dark" are further proof that they're willing to take their music where others fear to go.

In 2007, Lorne released a new CD, "Moonlight & Cider." Recorded and mixed at James Gordon's "Pipe Street Studios" in Guelph, Ontario, the new CD, features 15 new original songs and now available. In addition to working, writing, and touring, Clarke is also involved in one of the top folk music concert series in the United States. The Old Lynn Concerts has already brought such acclaimed acts as Jez Lowe, Michael Jerling, James Gordon, and James Keelaghan to the tiny farming village of Lynn, Pennsylvania since its début in September of 2000. Thus far the shows have been a huge success, earning the series a reputation as one of the most hospitable places in the northeastern United States for traveling folk artists to perform.

In conjunction with Tom Flannery, Lorne has written and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film, Facing Sudan. In 2008, he and Flannery were asked once again to provide music for a new documentary, this one about Dr. Jerry Ehrlich and his children?s drawings.

Crayons and Paper marks the first time that Lorne and Tom actually sing together on a co-written song, "How Can You Go Home Again?"
LORNE CLARKE
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