Caught in Quicksand – A Film by Marty Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

Caught in Quicksand – A Film by Marty Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

There isn’t much I can say about this beautiful film that my cousin Marty Novitsky made along with the talented cinematographer Uladzimir Taukachou.

It’s filmed in Israel and it’s about the Dead Sea and what happened to Marty while he was visiting one year. Marty narrates it and tells the story on how when he was walking along the Sea, he got caught in quicksand. Only with the help of a minor miracle was he able to get out of the dire straits he found himself in.

Filled with beautiful film clips of the Dead Sea and New York City, Marty talks of his inspirations that lead him to help everyone he meets.

The video run about four minutes and is spectacular.


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Cousin Marty And His Inspirational Videos

Cousin Marty And His Inspirational Videos

I can honestly say that my cousin Marty is the most spiritual person I know. He’s a firm believer in God and prays to Him every single day. Marty doesn’t just pray for himself and his family but for all people. Followers of my blog know that I have a very good friend who has cancer and is not doing very well. Every time I speak to Marty, which is every day, he always asks me how my friend is doing and assures me that she is in his prayers. I know without a doubt that this is true.

Cousin Marty, like everyone I assume, has gone through a lot of things in his life. He fought and survived living in the Projects when he was a teen; survived being hit on the head by a tree branch after Hurricane Sandy; and survived after sinking in some quicksand while he was walking along the Dead Sea in Israel. He’s told me many of his adventures.

He’s also an award winning filmmaker, some of his videos I’ve posted on this blog. Every one of his films is inspirational, well, except for his Hat Man video which is really cute.

Marty believes in “paying it forward” so he does what he can to help whoever needs it. Marty, has received help from strangers too.

Here are two of his videos that he made hoping that they will inspire us to give hope and aid to people we know and especially to those we don’t.

In this first video, “Marty Miracles: Bus Driver”, Marty talks about a bus driver who helped him when he needed it.


“In Full Moon” Marty comments on human nature.


I hope these two videos help inspire you to do some good and to learn a little more about my Cousin Marty.

Please take a look at all of Marty’s videos and stories by going to Marty’s section in my blog.

Cousin Marty And His Hanukkah Miracle

Cousin Marty And His Hanukkah Miracle

I talk about my cousin Marty a lot. He makes sure he calls me almost everyday to make sure I’m feeling good and offering to go shopping for me when the weather is bad.

Marty is a filmmaker and also has a ton of stories about things that have happened to him during his life. He visited me this evening toting shopping bags filled with Hanukkah gifts. He also told me his Hanukkah Miracle story.

A few years ago on the second day of Hanukkah his friend, a dentist, invited Marty to his house to celebrate his son’s third birthday. Marty’s friend lives in Long Island and Marty is here in Brooklyn. The party was on a Sunday and as any New Yorker can tell you Brooklyn to Long Island is a long schlep and trains don’t really have any kind of schedule on Sunday’s. Marty doesn’t have a car so he would have to take a train to Manhattan, then switch to the Long Island Rail Road, then grab a taxi to his friend’s home. This would take close to three hours and that’s just to get there and then three more hours to get home. So Marty called his friend thanking him for the invitation but explained that he wouldn’t be going to the birthday party. His friend really wanted Marty to go so eventually Marty agreed.

At the party Marty was offered a slice of cake but refused it because he was watching what he ate but the mother insisted that Marty take some cake. Instead of eating it Marty wrapped it up and thought he’d give it to the first homeless person he was sure to meet on his way back back to Brooklyn.

Marty was on his way home and in a train station in Queens where he was going to grab a train to Brooklyn when he spotted a homeless man sitting with a blanket over his head. Marty went over to him and asked if he would like the slice of birthday cake. The man shook his head no. Then Marty heard a little voice say, “I’d like some cake.” He saw a little girl sitting by her mother and a sibling on one of the benches. The mom said that the little girl couldn’t have cake because she hadn’t eaten yet. Marty told her to keep the cake and let the girl eat it after her dinner. The woman told Marty that she and her children were homeless and she appreciated the cake. Marty explained that he got the cake at his friend’s son’s three year birthday party. The woman then told Marty that it was her little girl’s third birthday that day as well. The woman wondered if her daughter and Marty’s friend’s son was born at the same time too. Marty said he would find out and call the woman and let her know. Not wanting to leave the little girl’s sibling out Marty gave the little girl and her sibling $10.00 each as a Hanukkah gift.

A few days later Marty called his friend and found out the two three year old’s were not born at the same time. Marty then called the woman to tell her. When she got on the phone she told him that she took two dollars from the ten dollars he gave the little girl to get to a job interview. She was excited to share with him that she got the job and things were going to be much better for her family because of Marty’s kindness.

The strange, or maybe not so strange about this, is that Marty has helped many people during his life. He’s never afraid to go to someone’s aid if needed and believes that helping people is what he is meant to do.

I have to say in the last couple of years where Marty and I have become close he has done many wonderful things for me and I just don’t mean all the gifts he gives me when he comes over.

If only more of us were like my cousin Marty maybe then miracles wouldn’t just happen during Hanukkah and Christmas.

To see other videos by Marty Novitsky see Marty’s section on my blog.


The Dead Sea and Cousin Marty – Video

The Dead Sea and Cousin Marty – Video

There’s a lot I can say about my Cousin Marty. He’s generous, thoughtful, cares for everyone, respects women, will go out of his way to help anyone even complete strangers, and Marty has had some interesting things that has happened to him during the course of his life.

A few months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York Marty was out walking in a park and a tree branch fell and hit him on his head. His head now has an indentation in it from the branch. Newspaper articles were written about the incident. Marty was determined that something like this would never happen to another person so he fought to get all those loose tree branches cut down.

But this is a story about what happened to him in Israel. He was walking along the Dead Sea like many others do. There was no one around in the desert when Marty was taking his stroll but he did find a tree branch that resembled a staff. For some reason he picked it up and resumed his trek.

Did you know that there’s quicksand by the Dead Sea? I didn’t until Marty told me how he stepped in some and started to sink. He was alone, the day was about to end, the tide was coming up and there’s my cousin with one leg in quicksand and the other leg on sturdy land. He couldn’t get out, he couldn’t move. He then realized that he was holding that tree branch that looked liked a staff and with its help he was able to pull himself out of the quicksand. Whenever he tells me this story he always says, “Sharon, without that staff that I happened to find in the desert you wouldn’t be talking to your Cousin Marty now.” Very true, Marty, very true.

Marty is a filmmaker and I’m very proud to say that his films have been up for awards at various film festivals. Here’s one he made about the Dead Sea. It only runs about five minutes and Marty gives a lot of information about this beautiful area. There’s also a picture of him with a tree. Not the same tree that held the branch that helped Marty get out of the quicksand but a tree near the Dead Sea.

To see other videos by Marty Novitsky see Marty’s section on my blog


A Night With a Stranger – Video by Marty Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

A Night With a Stranger – Video by Marty Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

I have to say that this is a beautiful video about a woman wondering around Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY with something bothering her. She meets a man who is a little older than her and ends up confiding in him.

When Marty Novitsky told me about it he said he and his film partner, Uladzimir Taukachou, wanted to show their respect for women.

“A Night With a Stranger” stars Titi Arewa and Marty Novitsky.

The film was nominated for an award at the Coney Island Film Festival 2016. Marty and Uladzimir were just notified that the film was accepted into the 2017 United Kingdom Screen One International Film Festival.

The fantastic aerial cinematography for the film was done by Uladzimir Taukachou. He wears many hats creating his films – Filmmaker, Director of Photography, Editor, Digital Video Production, Aerial, Cinematography, Post Production, Color Correction, Sound Design, Graphic Design, Streaming Media.

For a real treat please look at Uladzimir Taukachou’s website for other films and more of his incredible works.

To see other videos by Marty Novitsky see Marty’s section on my blog.



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Handball Hall of Fame – Morris Levitsky (Novitsky) – Award Winning Video by Martin Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

Handball Hall of Fame – Morris Levitsky (Novitsky) – Award Winning Video by Martin Novitsky and Uladzimir Taukachou

This is a video that my cousin, Marty Novitsky, and his film partner, Uladzimir Taukachou, made about Marty’s uncle, Morris Levitsky (Novitsky). Morris Levtsky was the highest ranking handball referee in the country. Marty and Uladzimir created this video as a tribute to Morris and all the players in Brooklyn, NY who loved him.

To see other videos by Marty Novitsky see Marty’s section on my blog.