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FDU alumna’s documentary available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon: A multi-million-dollar treasure heist solved

FDU alumna Cassie Hay’s MFA ’13 first full-length documentary, The Liberators, chronicling the decades-long search for the Quedlinburg Treasure, launched July 25 on iTunes and Amazon. The film recently premiered at SXSW.

Hay was raised in Denison, TX and currently lives in Austin, TX. She earned an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from FDU after earning a BFA in Film/TV from NYU. Her film and television work includes Law & Order, Bored to Death, The Wolf of Wall Street, and most recently, The Leftovers. The Liberators marks her feature-film directorial debut.

The film follows Willi Korte, known as “art’s Indiana Jones,” on his journey to track down a stolen collection of medieval treasure. From World War II-era Germany to the National Archives in Washington D.C., the film takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey that leads to the tiny Texas town of Whitewright, near the Oklahoma border. But as Korte gets closer to uncovering the truth, he stirs up controversy and conflict that rocks the suspect’s family and their small Texas community.

“At a time when thousands of years of history are blown to pieces or plundered in other parts of the world, the Quedlinburg case shows us how much is lost if we don't show respect for our religious and cultural heritage,” says Korte. “Hunting the Quedlinburg Treasure actually defined and established my career. It made me what and who I am today.”

The Liberators premiered at SXSW 2016 and marks Hay’s feature-film directorial debut. It has since been featured at film festivals across the country including the Dallas International Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Portland Film Festival and will be distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

“We are so honored to be able to share this film with the world,” says Hay. “It’s been a long journey that took us from a tiny town in North Texas to a packed house at SXSW. I hope audiences will find the story as fascinating as I did and — especially with regard to current events — really reflect upon the importance of preserving artifacts of cultural significance.”

The film is now available on iTunes and on Amazon.

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