Friday, May 29, 2015
J. WEEKLY -- Omari and many other former students credit Goldner for his tireless devotion and hands-on approach. Over the years, as he was building the cinema department — now ranked among the top 25 in the country — he taught classes in every aspect of filmmaking, from scriptwriting and directing, to sound and lighting production. “I did everything,” said Goldner, of San Francisco. “Most of my creative life has been spent with students.” But not all. His creative output has been prodigious. Among his 100-plus films is the well-received documentary “When I Was 14: A Survivor Remembers.” The film recounts the wartime experiences of Holocaust survivor Gloria Hollander Lyon of San Francisco, who endured Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and other camps — six in all. The movie screened at the 1996 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and was awarded Best Documentary at the 2001 California Independent Film Festival.