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Robert De Niro Stars in Timely Short Film About Ellis Island

French street artist JR’s short film “Ellis” features Robert De Niro telling the story of a man turned away at Ellis Island, from a screenplay by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump). JR filmed the short on Ellis Island, where he also installed an art exhibit featuring poignant photos of 19th and 20th century immigrants.

“When I started installing the art and I heard that no films have ever been shot [on Ellis Island], I saw it as a challenge,” JR tells artnet News. “I wanted to do that jump into fiction because I thought that [in focusing] on Ellis as a place that was left behind, there was a way to talk about those ghosts in a more interesting way.”

Watch the trailer below. The full film is available to watch on iTunes.

ELLIS – trailer from SOCIAL ANIMALS on Vimeo.