|HIDDEN TREASURES: Stories from a Great Museum|
|Crew: ||Producers: Alexandra M. Isles - Cinematographer: Paul Koestner - Editor: Doug Rossini - Composer: Laurence Rosenthal
Last year over five million people visited the Metropolitan Museum. How many were able to find the secrets and powers hidden in the works of art? Museum staff, who spend their days, and sometimes their nights, restoring, guarding, moving, cleaning and teaching about the art, reveal some of the magic they have discovered. Their stories include a wish-granting statue, a sword with a secret compartment, a time traveling melody, a portrait that has become a trusted mentor, a famous landscape with an unexpected population, and where a dying woman found joy.
Alexandra Moltke Isles grew up in New York where her father was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations and her mother was an editor at Vogue magazine. As a child she hated school but always had her nose in a book. Growing up as a U.N. brat honed her sensitivity to injustice and a theme running through all her work is social justice and dignity for the outsider. Her historical documentaries are as notable for the memorable personalities interviewed as they are for the richness of the archival material. Isles' passion for research was developed during her years as a Researcher and then Assistant Curator at New York's Museum of Radio & Television, now the Paley Center of Media. Her previous films are The Power of Conscience: The Danish Resistance and Rescue of the Jews (1995); Scandalize My Name (1999) about the black listing of African-American performers during the Red Scare; Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust (2002); The Healing Garden of New York (2007); and Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum (2011). More information about her other films is available at www.alexandraisles.com. Isles has also been an interviewer for Stephen Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project and an ESL tutor at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.