The Back Story

Welcome to the FAHS Doc. Project blog, I'm Mr. Sean D. Gaston. I'm one month away from completing my fifth year of teaching at Fleetwood Area High School in Fleetwood, PA, and what a year it has been.  Currently I teach all the TV/Media classes, an Introduction to Communication and Media Literacy class, and I co-teach an elective, The History of the Holocaust Through Film & Literature with Mrs. Jennifer Goss. Before I got into teaching I spent 15 years working in the motion picture exhibition business and also worked in independent film production for the last 4 of those years. Film has always been a passion of mine.

In the summer of 2010 I had the opportunity to attend the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer "Next Step" Conference for Holocaust educators in Indianapolis, IN. While at this conference I met Frank. Frank is a Holocaust survivor with a truly extraordinary story of survival. I had listened to a handful of survivors speak before, but never heard anyone with an experience like Frank's or anyone that possessed his storytelling ability. When Frank was finished with his presentation we had the opportunity to eat dinner together and I asked him if anyone ever documented his story. To my surprise the answer was "no." Then the filmmaker inside me took over and the idea for what would become Misa's Fugue was born.  

That evening I called Jen and told her Frank's story and my crazy idea of making a documentary film that would involve many different faculty members, departments in the high school, and current and former students.  The rest, as they say, is history....