feature length DOCUMENTARIES
THE CHECKLIST EFFECT
Both scientific and deeply personal: a documentary for anyone who's ever had surgery, or watched someone they love disappear behind those swinging doors.
Inspired by surgeon and author Atul Gawande's award-winning book 'The Checklist Manifesto' we embedded with communities from Moldova to Mongolia to understand how longer lifespans have led to an urgent increase in the need for surgery - and provoked a deadly safety crisis.
Next to the operating room table, one of our most sacred and dramatic spaces, we see a mother cross mountains to risk a better life for her son; feel the daily struggles of culture, politics, economics of a team defying odds to put communities back together; and learn that wherever you are in the world, a simple Checklist can make the difference between life and death.
The Checklist Effect has screened at 9 festivals internationally: Global Health FF 2016, Auckland International FF, International Filmmaker Festival of London (winning Best Director of Short Documentary), IMPACT Docs (winning award of Merit), Human Rights FF Belfast, UK Screen One, Global Cinema FF (winning Social Impact Award), London Independent Film Awards (winning Best Documentary), and Cronograf FF in Moldova.
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TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes
PRODUCTION STATUS: Completed September 2016; Distributed by TVF International
PRODUCTION LOCATIONS: Haiti, USA, Uganda, Moldova, UK, Guatemala, Mongolia, Mexico
SUBTITLED LANGUAGES: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, German, Italian, Khmer, Swahili
As a surgeon, imagine not being able to trust your own instruments to operate on a patient?
A follow up the award winning documentary The Checklist Effect, this piece looks at how industrialization and globalization effect medical equipment. Cutting Life follows two NHS surgeons as they seek to discover how and why low and middle income countries are being forced to operate with broken, rusted, poor quality surgical instruments. Working alongside the hospitals and surgeons they visit, they will see through the production of a surgical instrument tray that is affordable, high quality, and appropriate to perform basic life saving procedures and improve patient safety globally-because what is a surgeon without his or her instruments?
EXPECTED RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes
PRODUCTION STATUS: In production, seeking funding
PRODUCTION LOCATIONS: Ethiopia, Cambodia, UK, Haiti, Kenya, Honduras and other locations TBD
POWER OF PLAY
In 1989, Liberia entered a 14 year civil war. Liberia’s civil war became one of the most notorious conflicts for its use and abuse of child soldiers. Over 15,000 children as young as 6 fought in the war, and were forced to commit some of the most heinous crimes.
The Power of Play will let you be a part of the construction of a better future for Liberian Children. Through personal stories you will experience how a once war- torn country is being transformed through the power of sports.
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes
PRODUCTION STATUS: Completed September 2014, available for distribution.
FUNDING: Donations accepted towards L.A.C.E.S.
PRODUCTION LOCATION: Konia, Cottontree, & Monrovia Liberia.
“Eleven” is a non-profit documentary spearheading a campaign that aims to use the power of football to break communication barriers, celebrate diversity and create social cohesion. The production is an international collaboration between eleven countries, each with their own local director and producer, Lauren Anders Brown produced the USA segment. We work side by side with charities that support children in the participating countries. All distribution profits will be used to support these charities.
We follow eleven children from around the globe, as they come together to form a football team that will play a match against one of the best junior clubs in the world. With their common story and training as a framework, we dive into their individual and unique stories at home. From the cosmopolitan streets of Copenhagen, to the World Cup-crazed favelas of Rio, eleveneleven-year-olds invite us on an extraordinary journey as we try to discover how football affects their lives.
PRODUCTION STATUS: November 2013-Current
USA PRODUCTION LOCATION: Washington D.C.
RWANDA PRODUCTION LOCATION: Kigali
UK PRODUCTION: Essex