The Wall's Embrace
Director: Nancy Frohman
Producers: Nancy Frohman and Robert Snip
Writer: Nancy Frohman
Genre: Documentary Short
Narrated by Jimmy Buffett
Featuring music by Brad Dunse and Jimmy Flynn
Short Synopsis: After returning from his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969, helicopter pilot Mark Garrison suffered the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It wasn’t until he visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial a second time in 2014 that he began to heal from those emotional and psychological wounds. Veterans, families, the founders of The Wall, all share their experiences of catharsis resulting from a unique connection and release they all discover at this sacred place.
Long Synopsis: Mark Garrison was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. For years following a nearly fatal mission during his tour, he suffered PTSD. But that's not what it was called at the time, when Vietnam vets were not welcomed home with respect and appreciation. Like many others, he was unable to expose and deal with his emotional and psychological pain, until the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built. Jane McCarthy was an army nurse in Vietnam. Unlike combat veterans who may not have seen active battle regularly during their tour, nurses faced it daily. She too suffered from PTSD. With her medical background, she is able to provide a psychological explanation that leads to an understanding of the cathartic power of The Wall. Kelly Coleman Rihn’s father was killed in Vietnam when she was six months old. Having never known her father, she didn’t understand the feeling that something was always missing in her life until she connected with other sons and daughters at The Wall. Mothers, children, wives, grieved the loss of so many taken so young. What they all have in common is the ability to finally heal, thanks to The Wall, which gave them a place to connect, to grieve, to reflect, to feel finally acknowledged for their sacrifice. Founder Jan C. Scruggs notes the longevity and continuing lure of this memorial, saying “it will always be a special place”.
SUMMARY: The Wall's Embrace examines the psychology of the Wall and its enduring power to heal. It explores the effect The Wall has had on Vietnam veterans and families, and the psychology behind its continuing power to heal decades later. Like The Wall, which honors without political reference the 58,000 men and women who died or remain missing in action, this documentary does not present the politics or controversies surrounding both the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the design of The Wall, but rather its emotional and psychological impact.
Founders of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and an American social psychologist help explain how The Wall that helped the nation to heal continues this legacy three and a half decades later. The deeply stirring and painful recollections of veterans and Gold Star families emotionally draw you in just as The Wall physically draws you in. Through their eyes and hearts, you will understand and feel their pain and catharsis.
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*Best Inspirational Film*
*Best Documentary Short*
Cheers of JOY - The Road to the Special Olympics World Games
Director: Nancy Frohman
Producers: Nancy Frohman
Associate Producers: Marcie Povitsky and Robert Snip
Release date: Dec 2016
Cheers of JOY is the compelling story of a group of special young women in search of inclusion, dignity and respect. It is an intimate portrait of team JOY, the Special Olympics cheerleading team from Montgomery County, Maryland, and the dedication and commitment of its head coach to help these young women gain confidence and inclusion. We see this evolve as the team strives to bring the sport of cheerleading to the world stage.
The film takes you along on their journey as they experience triumph over challenges in life and on their road to The World Games. Cheers of JOY will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and most of all it will make you cheer.