Who We Are
Bucharest Express, a film by Chuck
Portz, is a feature-length motion picture produced by SawHorse Productions from the USA and Moldova-Film Studio, the only filmmaking and cinema services provider in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. Bucharest Express was co-written by Chuck Portz and Peter Eichstaedt and directed by Mr.
Portz. The music of the soundrack was composed by Liviu Stirbu.
has produced, written and/or directed three films for PBS: Staus, My Man Bovanne and A Mistaken Charity, for which he received
a Writers Guild nomination for best screenplay. During his most recent trip to Moldova he completed research supported by a Fulbright grant.
Peter Eichstaedt is currently working in Armenia
as a journalism teacher, advisor, and consultant. A career journalist and recipient of numerous regional journalism awards, Mr. Eichstaedt has extensive foreign experience
including coverage of the war in Kosovo and its aftermath for the Seattle Times and the Dallas Morning News. Mr. Eichstaedt is the author of
If You Poison Us (Red Crane, 1994), a true story about the devastation of uranium mining to Native Americans in the US Southwest.
Liviu (Levon) Stirbu who
composed the Bucharest Express Soundrack is the musical director
of the "Ginta Latina" Cultural Center in Chisinau. He
studied composition at the "Gavriil Musicescu" State
Conservatory in Chisinau where he graduated in 1992 to do
his post-graduate studies in composition at the Bucharest Academy
of Music. His work include Piano Concertos and piano pieces
(Toccata, Sonata, Variatos), the "Miorita" folk rock-opera, theatre music for
about 30 drama plays, musical and children plays as well as music
for 13 artistic and documentary films and more than 200 songs and
SawHorse Productions (LLC) is based in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Executive Producer Willits H. Sawyer, Co-Producer Sterling Youngman, CFO Perry Wootten and Assistant Producer Rosalie Hornblower bring
extensive international experience and diverse backgrounds to the project. SawHorse Productions has retained the services
of several key advisors for Bucharest Express, including Dr. Brian Carter, Michael Dyett, Paul Gasek and Steve
Moldova-Film Studios was established in 1952 and has released 165 fiction
films, 1,900 documentary films and more than 50 animated cartoons (see link to Moldova-Film on our Links page). The Last Month in Autumn won the Grand-Prix at Cannes as well as
honors at the Argentina Film Festival. Their animated cartoon Haiducul (An Outlaw) won the Grand-Prix at Cannes for animation.
The films Lautarii (The Fiddlers) and Omul Merge Dupa Soare (A Man Goes After the Sun) each became laureates of several international prizes.
Moldova-Film Studio has also received awards for the films Se Cauta un Paznic (A Porter is Wanted), Gustul Piinii (A Taste of Bread) and
Poienile Roshii (Red Glades).
is fully equipped to carry out
the complete technological cycle involved
in motion picture production (from the screenplay to the release). The company is located in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. This former
Soviet Republic is near the Black Sea (200 Km) and the Carpati mountains (200 Km). It boasts a very favorable geographic
position and climate for shooting year-round.