A Lifetime of work…•Over 40 years making films•7 – Emmy Awards•Glowing New York Times Review•National Television •Discovery •PBS •TLC•Imax Film•Millions of viewers touchedCulmination of a lifetime of work…
Purpose of today’s meeting:•Explore viability of projects for possible funding •Project Explanations / Attributes •Venues for Distribution / Amount of Exposure •Effectiveness in helping others / Need for Project •Ability to turn a profit
Documentary Features (Approximately 90 Minutes)• What do you do After the Disaster? “After the Disaster” takes a close-up look at the resiliency of the human spirit under distress, revealing our •Searching for Home: Coming Back from War explores deepest fears, our true inner values and our spirit to the truth, the healing and the hope of veterans from all overcome and rebuild. This documentary chronicles generations returning home from war. A multi- the experiences of several different disaster generational study of the phenomena of the journey survivors from diverse backgrounds and walks of life from battlefront to home front. in the difficult and pivotal first year of recovery… After the Disaster.
TV Docu - Series (30 Minute Episodic)• After The Disaster takes a close- up look at the resiliency of the human spirit under distress, revealing our deepest fears, our As if torn directly from the pages of true inner values and our spirit Join us as we “Thunder Across their diaries, Battlefront to Home to overcome and rebuild. This America” turning many a front: The Warriors Diaries features documentary chronicles the stereotype on its ear following a vet from different generations experiences of several different diversely individual bikers on every week, telling the disaster survivors from diverse various journeys of “purpose” and true, intimate inside story of their backgrounds and walks of life in ultimately through their own lives. experience on the battlefront and the difficult and pivotal first the return home. year of recovery… After the Disaster.
Inspired by…•Emmy Award Winner - “Outstanding Achievement Documentary”•Southern California Cable Association - “Diamond Award”•Houston International Film Festival – Silver Award•Utilized by the National Institute of Mental Health•Recognized by the American Red Cross as a vital tool in disaster recovery• “Faces in the Fire” has been widely shown throughout the United Statesin community disaster recovery programs, educating, reassuring andencouraging community members on their road to recovery. It has beenused in innumerable community disaster recovery programs and hasbeen used to train thousands of disaster mental health workersthroughout the United States. It is recommended as a training video bythe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Training Manualfor Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters (2nd ed.)(DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-538).
Plot SynopsisIn the wink of an eye, a split second, your life shatters, what you once knew is gone,everything has changed, what do you do… After the Disaster? This documentarytakes a close-up look at the resiliency of the human spirit under distress, revealingour deepest fears, our true inner values and our spirit to overcome and rebuild.. Thisseries documents the experiences of several different disaster survivors from diversebackgrounds and walks of life in the difficult and pivotal first year of recovery. Interwoven into the story we go back over twenty five years to the survivors of the PaintedCave Fire disaster in Santa Barbara. Experiencing what it was like 25 years ago andhow the disaster has profoundly effected their lives today.
–Clinical Consultant– Diane Meyers, R.N., P.H.N., M.S.N. Preeminent expert in the field of traumatology and disaster recoveryDiane Myers has her Masters Degree in psychiatric nursing from Yale University. She is a licensed Public Health Nurse, PsychiatricMental Health Nurse, and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, and holds several advanced credentials in traumatology. She is inprivate practice as a psychotherapist, consultant, trainer, and author.She has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of trauma, disaster, and critical incident stress. She has provided psychologicaltrauma intervention, clinical consultation and training in over thirty-six major disasters, including the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the EastBay Firestorm, the Los Angeles Fires and Civil Unrest, Hurricane Andrew, the Midwest Flood of 1993, the Northridge Earthquake in LosAngeles, the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing in 1995, the 1999 Alaska Airlines crash, the 2001 World Trade Center TerroristAttack, and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.She has been a consultant and trainer for the American Red Cross; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the Center for MentalHealth Services; a wide range of federal agencies and states; police, fire, medical, nursing, human service, and disaster organizations; themilitary; and private industry. She serves as adjunct faculty at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services SpecializedTraining Institute, teaching Psychology of Terrorism in the Criminal Justice and the Emergency Management Divisions. She isconsultant to the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and was awarded their 2006 Honorary DistinguishedMember award for her course Into the Eye of the Storm: Essentials of Disaster Mental Health. She is on the faculty of the InternationalMass Fatalities Center, is Clinical Consultant for California’s Central Coast Critical Incident Stress Management team, and is a nationalvolunteer with American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services.She is a contributing author of The Complete Workplace Violence Prevention Manual, which has become a standard for occupationalviolence prevention programs in the United States and Canada. She co-produced an award-winning video training tape for schoolpersonnel on Children and Trauma: the Schools Response, andis the author of 3 books and over 50 publications and videotapes onintervention with trauma, disaster, critical incident stress, and terrorism. Her most current book is by Myers and Wee, Disaster MentalHealth Services: A Primer for Practitioners (Taylor Francis, 2005).
–Letter of Endorsement–“Following the long-lived success of “Faces in the Fire”, Christiansen’s proposed project “After the Disaster” will undoubtedly become an unprecedented phenomenon of infinite value to trauma survivors, their loved ones, and the volunteers and professionals who seek to help them.” -Diane Meyers, R.N., P.H.N., M.S.N. Preeminent expert in the field of traumatology and disaster recovery
–Distribution– American Public Television – Letter of Intent “APT distributed a previous EC Production in 2002: Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey. The critically acclaimed film was picked up by 52station licensees including all of the top five markets. We anticipate a similarly positive response to After the Disaster based upon proposed series content, the strength of EC’s previous program and the support it received fromstations. We are excited to learn of this latest project and are supportive of your fundraising efforts.” -Christopher Funkhouser Vice President Exchange Programming - American Public Television