Over the past year voice over actress Debbie Irwin has been working with Duki Dror on his new documentary, Incessant Visions, an homage to the life of German Jewish Expressionist architect, Erich Mendelsohn.
As Nazism expanded out of Germany, Mendelsohn fled, carrying his career through England, Israel, and finally to the Bay area, where he taught at UC Berkeley. Mendelsohn was influenced by Franz Marc and the Blue Rider group; his own work proved influential to architects of his time, like Frank Lloyd Wright, to some of today's most innovative architects like Frank Ghery, and Daniel Libeskind.
His design is revered and can be seen around the world from the Einstein Tower, Schocken department stores, Universum Cinema in Germany; the Mt. Scopus Campus of Hadassah Hospital and the Weitzman House in Israel; to many private homes and a hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.
"As a director, working with Debbie has 'broadened the canvas' and expanded the dramatic latitude that I could use in my film," said Dror.
The story is told through correspondence between Mendelsohn and his wife, Luise, an accomplished cellist, whose voice Irwin narrates.
"This project and the character development of Louise Mendelsohn evolved over time," Irwin recalls. "It was a great opportunity to show the powerful influence she had in her husband's work and career. As they say, behind every great man...."
Dror uses contemporary images and modern reflections of Mendelsohn's work to illuminate the significance of his life and the timelessness of his design.
Incessant Visions will premier in the US on Thursday July 28th at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
About Debbie Irwin
Debbie Irwin got her start in voiceovers nearly a decade ago when she found a new outlet for an old passion: acting. She took her stage skills and transformed them into studio skills. Her work encompasses commercials, eLearning, corporate videos, internet audio, audiobooks, audio tours, medical narrations, product demos and telephone messaging, sometimes in Spanish and Italian.
She has traveled the world from her recording booth in NYC, voicing projects for clients like: eBay, CarFax, Jennifer Convertibles, The Smithsonian, Nationwide, SPDR Financial, Ronald McDonald Charity, Einstein Healthcare Network, UConn Health Center, Merz Aesthetics, Wallach, Guardian Insurance and more.
Debbie is also the voice of the Statue of Liberty, and voiced the Telly Award winning video for the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), now called The Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She's worked on Wall Street, at the Guggenheim Museum and has raised three kids with her husband in NYC.
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