Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Former Sodus man’s documentary wins two awards on Film Festival Circuit

Lesley University announced that Associate Professor Matthew Nash has won major recognition for his new film, 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf, including the Best Cinematography Award at the Boston International Film Festival and at the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C., the film captured the Founder’s Choice Award.

Nash is originally from Sodus, graduating in 1994, where he did his first film.

In 16 Photographs at Ohrdruf, Nash, an Associate Professor of photography at The Art Institute of Boston, one of four colleges at Lesley University, tells the powerful story of the soldiers who uncovered the first concentration camp found by the Allies during World War II.

Guided only by a small stack of photos taken by Nash’s Army medic grandfather at the Ohrdruf camp, Nash tries to unravel a family secret that began on April 4, 1945 – a journey he tells over the course of this riveting film. But Nash’s documentary is about more than the horrors of the Holocaust. It’s a testament to the power of the human story, and to the untold stories in our midst and the importance of bringing them to light.

Nash reflected on the project, “It was an honor to meet so many veterans to share their story. This is my way of reminding the world what they did in 1945, and any awards for the film belong to the soldiers who liberated Ohrdruf.”

Lesley University’s President, Joseph Moore, is delighted for the recognition Nash’s film has earned. “The film is about Matt’s grandfather and the Holocaust, but it is also a beautiful story about being inquisitive, doing contemporary research and learning that history is always personal.”

Nash has garnered wide attention for his first documentary film which he wrote, produced and directed. Historians from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are interviewed on film and reveal deeply disturbing content. More information about Nash’s documentary and the debut screening that took place at Lesley is available on the university’s website. The film’s website,, is a great resource as well. When future screenings of the film are scheduled, both of these websites will be updated.

Matt’s dad is Tom Nash, currently of Irondequoit. He recently retired from Xerox. His mom and step-dad are Marty and Ruth Olschewske of Alton. They are very active in the Sodus Point United Methodist Church, and Ruth works at the Newark Hospital