56Films is a production company specializing in documentary films as well as television production. Founded by journalist-documentary filmmaker Réka Pigniczky and corporate finance consultant Barnabas Gero in 2005, 56Films strives to tell compelling stories from the personal point of view. We believe that fiction is entertaining, but often real life provides stories that are more dramatic – precisely because they are real.
Our company, 56Films, by the very nature of its name, is interested in the communist era and its legacy. On a broader level, we’re interested in how memory works, how identity is defined, and how morality and ethics are shaped under dictatorship. Because Reka was born and raised in the U.S. and Barnabas in Hungary, our films strive to provide a bridge between the two continents as well as between the two sides of the Cold War. We are also interested in stories that take a deeper look at business, and the business environment on our two continents.
56Films has produced a number of award-winning, feature-length documentaries as well as documentary shorts. It has also collaborated with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on a documentary short as well as as interview series presented globally online.
56Films presents a cohesive group of creative artists supported by a strong production support. The creative team has been together through a number of projects while still working on other independent projects.
Réka Pigniczky, Director, Co-Producer
Réka Pigniczky is a television journalist, producer and independent documentary filmmaker. She’s worked for the Associated Press Television News for over 10 years, both in New York and Budapest, Hungary. She completed her first feature-length documentary, Journey Home: a story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, at the end of 2006. It won awards in Hungary and was invited to screen at a number of international film festivals. She completed her second feature-length documentary, Inkubátor, in 2010, which saw a wide audience in Hungary through a national theatrical release as well as television broadcast, and it enjoyed wide critical acclaim after the Hungarian Film Festival. The film was also voted one of the 25 best films released in Hungary in 2010.
56 Films is actively involved in Hungary’s documentary community, and Réka has taken part in a number of festival juries and international documentary projects. She is also a member of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and the International Documentary Association (IDA).
Réka has an MA in journalism and international relations from Columbia University in New York, and she also has an MA in political science from the Central European University in Budapest. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Réka was born and raised in the U.S. by Hungarian refugee parents and lived and worked in Hungary for 14 years after 1990. She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1989: The Year of Miracles (documentary short commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation)
2014, 12 min.
Kodály on the Cuyahoga (Kodály a Cuyahogán)
2014, Television Documentary (Duna World), 52 min; Lang: Hungarian
2013, USA/Hungary; Documentary, 63 min.; Lang: English/Hungarian
The Man who Built Shanghai (Hudec László Élete)
2011, USA/Hungary, Documentary Short, 26 min. Lang: English/Hungarian/Mandarin
2009/2010, USA/Hungary; Creative Documentary, 88 min.; Lang: English/Hungarian
Kazár: from the Cradle to the Grave (Kazár: A Bölcsőtöl a Sírig)
2008, Hungary; Ethnographic Documentary, 45 min; Lang: Hungarian
Journey Home: A Story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 (Hazatérés)
2006, USA/Hungary; Creative Documentary, 88 min.; Lang: English/Hungarian
Barnabás Gerő, Corporate Finance Consultant, Producer email@example.com
After working for over eight years in corporate finance – first in New York and currently in Budapest, Barnabás is now a freelance consultant in that same sector for international companies in Hungary and the region. He is also the managing director of 56Films, responsible for the overall management of 56Films and specifically for fundraising, financing, and selling the company’s output. He was co-producer on Journey Home, Kazár, and Incubator, responsible for negotiating and administering support grants from various sources, negotiating pre-buy and sale agreements, sale of film production tax credits to investors, and having overall responsibility for the financial and contractual aspects of the company’s film production.
Barnabás has a BA in Sociology from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, an MA in Political Science from the Central European University, an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and an MBA from Columbia Unvirsity in New York. And finally, he has a PHD in Business pending from Columbia University as well. His previous employers were Citibank Hungary and Deloitte, Hungary. He currently lives and works as a corporate financial advisor for a startup company called STEMP in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Other members of the creative team who have worked on our various projects:
Gergő Kiss: Director of Photography firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre-Olivier Francois: Journalist and Documentary filmmaker, email@example.com
Virag Csejdy: Interactive Media Designer, Project Coordinator for Hudec Heritage Project (HHP) firstname.lastname@example.org
András Káré: Graphic Artist, Web Designer www.circumstances.hu email@example.com
Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga: Documentary filmmaker, Story Editor www.zsurlofilm.com
Endre Szentkirályi: Educator, Script consultant, Line-Producer (US) firstname.lastname@example.org
Eszti Pigniczky, Ethnographer, Community Organizer, Creative consultant email@example.com