AVALON

A Barry Levinson Film

A Baltimore Pictures Production
A Tri-Star Release

Sam Krichinsky came to America in 1914. Then he came to Baltimore. It was the most beautiful place he had seen in his entire life. Sam and his brothers married, had children and went to work, putting money into a hat to bring over the others: the father, the aunts, the uncles, the cousins. The family came together. The family grew apart. But every year, Sam retells the story of their trials, their triumphs, their caring for one another, because "if you don't tell the children, they don't know." And though details are lost to memory, a legacy is kept alive.

"The Eastern European immigrant experience is usually seen as a New York story. The Sweatshops, the five-story tenement walkups, crowded Lower East Side -- that is how the nation has come to view this saga. However, the stories that I heard and the pictures that I saw when I was growing up in Baltimore spoke of a different experience, perhaps because Baltimore is a North/South city, the pace was slower, it was not as congested, the work was easier to find and living conditions were better. So out of remembrances of stories told by my grandfather, Avalon began."

-- Barry Levinson