Thursday, October 10, 2013

HBO Documentary Films One Last Hug



HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS


ONE LAST HUG
(…and a few smooches)
Three Days at Grief Camp
Directed By Academy Award®-nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky
Produced by Greg DeHart and Paul Freedman

Hamptons International Film Festival Screenings
Sunday, October 13, 3:30 pm, East Hampton Cinema 4
Monday, October 14, 4:30 pm, East Hampton Cinema 5

Running Time:  35 Minutes
Premieres on HBO in 2014
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HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS
ONE LAST HUG (...AND A FEW SMOOCHES) THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP
SYNOPSIS

One in seven American children will experience the death of a loved one before the age of 20.  Few are prepared to deal with the grief that follows. 

From profound sadness and heartbreak to confusion and anger, a child’s grief can be devastating – it can also be lonely. At a time in life when fitting in is important, grief can make kids feel different and isolated from their peers. Fortunately, there’s a place one weekend every summer where grieving children can go to be understood.

Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky and produced by Emmy® nominated Greg DeHart and Paul Freedman, ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES) THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP takes an unflinching and intimate look at Camp Erin – where grieving children of all ethnicities find comfort in one another to deal with their pain. 

Baseball legend Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen founded the camp after meeting 15-year-old terminally ill cancer patient Erin Metcalf, who was worried about the family she was leaving behind. Through the Moyer Foundation and with support from NY Life Foundation, there are 41 camps across the country and 1 in Canada, making it the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps. ONE LAST HUG highlights, Our House Grief Support Center, one of the many organizations in the Camp Erin network. 

Under the guidance of grief professionals and volunteers, kids learn that their feelings are normal - and that by talking about them they can begin to heal. With unprecedented access, ONE LAST HUG illuminates the effects of death and grief on children and is a testament to the healing power of friendship and support.  
HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS
ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES) THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP
FILMMAKER BIOS

IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY, DIRECTOR
Irene is an Oscar®-nominated, Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning director whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. 
Irene most recently completed ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES): THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP, a short film exploring how children grieve.   In 2011, she completed the Emmy®-winning “Saving Pelican 895” for HBO Documentary Films, following the life of a single bird rescued from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.  For her 2009 short-subject film “The Final Inch,” she was nominated for an Academy Award® and 3 Emmys®, and won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award for cinematic excellence.   In 2007, Irene turned the camera on her own family to make her first feature-length documentary “Hear and Now,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and went on to receive numerous Audience and Jury awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America.  More of Irene’s distinctions include the American Women in Radio and Television’s Gracie Allen Award (Outstanding Director – News), an Honorary Tribute by Parisscience (France) and another Emmy® Award in 2004 for “Heart of the Country,” her CBS Sunday Morning portrait of the late architect Samuel Mockbee.  
Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer with her landmark book, “Buddhas in Disguise,” about disabled people living in the mountains of Nepal.   She went on to make her first film for UNICEF in 1993, and produced numerous award-winning television documentaries for HBO, A&E, The History Channel and Fox.   She founded Vermilion Films in 2005 and lives in Portland, Oregon.



GREG DEHART, PRODUCER
Greg DeHart is a two-time Emmy®-nominated documentary director, producer and writer with over 50 documentaries to his credit. Greg’s diverse resume includes films on human rights, social issues, food and technology. “S-21: Inside Pol Pot’s Secret Prison” exposed the horrors behind the walls of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge notorious prison, garnering two Emmy® nominations and the prestigious International Documentary Association Award for Best Episode in a Continuing Series. His film “Nazi America” took an unprecedented look at the inner workings of The Aryan Nations and several other Nazi organizations across America.  Greg was the supervising producer for “Food Tech,” a lighthearted 10-episode series showing how America’s food industry feeds 300 million mouths a day. 

Greg has been also been honored with two Cine Golden Eagles and several film festival awards. His shows have aired on History, Discovery, National Geographic, Travel and A&E. 

A former professional baseball player, Greg is currently producing and directing a film about the life of baseball clown, Max Patkin.  

PAUL FREEDMAN, PRODUCER/EDITOR
Paul Freedman is a director, producer, editor who has worked on Peabody Award and International Documentary Association Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated films. He began his film career as an editorial assistant for television commercials and has a list of commercial credits spanning a decade. 

Paul edited the disturbing documentary “Pol Pot’s Secret Prison,” a History Channel special about the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison that piece won the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Award for Best Episode in a Continuing Series in 2002 and was also nominated for two Emmys. In 2004, Paul travelled to Rwanda to produce and direct a History Channel special documentary about the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath, “Rwanda—Do Scars Ever Fade?” that would go on to earn a Peabody Award, two Emmy nominations and the IDA’s prestigious ABC News/VideoSource Award for best use of news and archival footage.  

Paul also has written and edited films on a variety of subjects including: the failure of the international community’s response to genocides in “Sand and Sorrow,” a Lakota elder in “The Thick Dark Fog,” child soldiers from the Ugandan civil war in “After Kony – Staging Hope” and the search for missing Marines from the battle of Tarawa in “Until They Are Home.” Currently, Paul is at work on a new film about the Forgotten War in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Paul holds a B.F.A. from San Francisco State University.  He lives in Los Angeles and is a married, devoted father of two.





HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS
ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES) THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP
CREDITS
Directed by
Irene Taylor Brodsky

Produced by
Greg DeHart

Produced and Edited by
Paul Freedman  

FOR HBO:
Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins 

Supervising Producer
Sara Bernstein

Director of Photography
Peter Richardson

Original Music by
Miriam Cutler

Executive in Charge of Production
Paul Dzilvelis
Associate Producers
Deborah Carr
Mary Courtney
Sophie Harris
Lauren Schneider
Andreas Wood

Additional Cinematography
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Greg DeHart
Rob Finch
Jess Fairless
Paul Freedman
Sophie Harris
Andreas Wood
Assistant Camera
Jess Fairless
Field Sound
Dan Norton
Anthony Green
Wednesday Kaplan
Sophie Harris
Irene Taylor Brodsky
Paul Freedman
Assistant Editor
Robin Adams

Post Production Services
SSI / Advanced Post Services 
Hollywood

Colorist
Scott Sevcik

On-line Editor
Ernie Camacho

Assistant On-line Editor
Antonio Rivas

Sound Mix
Matt Guiler

Post Supervisor
Michael Gresch

Graphics
Donavan McDougle

Legal
Greg Bernstein

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