My short film Thank You For Your Service has continued to gain steam since its release in May of 2012. Its combined online web views has eclipsed 1,000,000. In September 2013, the film was officially adopted by the United States Department of Defense for use in their Vietnam War Commemoration events. Three-Star General Mick Kicklighter personally presented me and INSP with a Certificate of Appreciation. In November 2013, the Houston Astros showed the filmed to their 10,000+ attendees in Astros stadium. The video was accompanied by a message from The Secretary of Defense. It’s been an amazing honor that this little piece of fiction I wrote and directed has impacted millions of veterans and their families.
On June 17 Old Henry premiered to over 100,000 households tuned into INSP, as well as tens of thousands of viewers who viewed the short form miniseries online at moments.org. I’m honored to have been able to share this story. View the entire six-part miniseries here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcK6u05RiHE.
For three years I was fortunate to be able to make documentary and promotional films for a Charlotte-based company called Senior Living Communities. SLC owned and operated a small chain of retirement communities throughout the southeast and is a true champion of pro-aging causes and ideology. It was during my time at SLC that my own eyes were opened to the pervasive ageism that exists all throughout our culture and media.
Based on my experiences at SLC, I wrote a six part short form miniseries called Old Henry, for cable network INSP, where I am currently employed. Old Henry is about a man in his 80s who is dealing with the challenges of aging and how a new friendship brings a fresh perspective. In April of 2013, over four days in Charlotte, I was able to direct the film, which will premiere on INSP and Moments.org Monday June 17 at 8pm.
Old Henry stars television icon Ralph Waite, known primarily for his role as John Walton on The Waltons, and October Baby’s Rachel Hendrix.
You can view more information about the film at INSP’s show page, which includes air times and a behind-the-scenes video: http://www.insp.com/shows/old-henry/ .