FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE LIBERATORS DOCUMENTARY SELECTED FOR WORLD PREMIERE AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
Director Cassie Hay to Bring True Story of Texan’s Multi-Million Dollar Treasure Heist to Austin
AUSTIN, TEXAS – February 2, 2016 – Cassie Hay’s first full-length documentary, The Liberators, chronicling the decades-long search for the Quedlinburg Treasure, has been selected to have its world premiere at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival in March.
The film follows Willi Korte – referred to by some as “art’s Indiana Jones” – on his journey to track down a stolen collection of medieval treasure. From WWII-era Germany to the National Archives in Washington D.C., the film takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that eventually leads to the tiny Texas town of Whitewright, near the Oklahoma border. But as Korte gets closer to uncovering the truth, he stirs up a firestorm of controversy and conflict that rocks the suspect’s family and their small community.
“Hunting the Quedlinburg Treasure actually defined and established my career. It made me what and who I am today,” remarked Willi Korte, regarding his journey. “At a time when thousands of years of history are blown to pieces or plundered in other parts of the world, the Quedlinburg case shows us how much is lost if we don't show respect for our religious and cultural heritage.”
The Liberators is directed by North Texas native and New York University graduate Cassie Hay and is produced by Death and Taxes Production Company. The Liberators marks Hay’s feature-film directorial debut.
“It’s such an honor to be selected for SXSW Film,” said Cassie Hay. “I love that the festival continues to select films that are bold and offer a fresh perspective, which I feel is a great reflection of the culture and film scene here in Austin at the moment. To top it off, our story is, in large part, a Texas story, so it's just icing on the cake to be showing it to a home audience.”
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival runs March 11-19, 2016.
ABOUT CASSIE HAY
Cassie Hay was raised in Denison, TX and currently lives in Austin, TX. She earned a BFA in Film/TV from NYU and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from FDU. Other film and television work includes Law & Order, Bored to Death, The Wolf of Wall Street, and most recently, The Leftovers. The Liberators marks her feature-film directorial debut.
To access media and press information for the film, please visit TheLiberatorsMovie.com.