About this project
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Thank you to all our amazing backers! We are fully funded! But don't stop there! We still have lots to do!
Here is what the stretch goal will go towards:
- motion graphics and animation to illustrate the science
- awesome opening title sequence
- licensing fees
- unavoidable legal fees
- Did you know that you shouldn't sleep with your cell phone unless you switch your settings to Airplane-mode?
- Did you know that you can put your WiFi router on a timer at night to reduce radio frequency emissions?
- Did you know that there is evidence linking radio frequency exposure to autism and learning disorders in children and teens?
GENERATION ZAPPED is a contemporary, powerfully moving, and thought-provoking documentary, which I connect to from a very personal place. As a mother of three I am deeply concerned with the shadow side of wireless technologies on my children and, not to mention, how it is sociologically impacting their behavior.
My film investigates the growing body of research on the alarming health risks associated with wireless technology, as well as what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Telecom Industry don’t want you to know. Today, we encounter more then 100,000 times the levels of Radio Frequency (RF) exposure from wireless technologies than we did decades ago when the FCC first published its regulations designed to protect us. As a mother and as a citizen I’m concerned about the business ethics behind the wireless revolution and its ubiquitous use in schools, at work, and at home.
We love technology yet I invite you to consider the case for honoring the precautionary principle when it comes to our wholesale adoption of wireless technology – to simply slow down and “plug it in” until further research is complete. - Director, Sabine El Gemayel
By making this film, I hope parents and educators alike will consider adopting a precautionary approach, which means that they will take steps to reduce our children’s exposure while still enjoying the convenience of theses technologies. Is it really possible? It’s as simple as turning off wifi routers in classrooms when not in use. It’s as simple as installing a switch and it doesn’t require a massive budget like wiring a school would. It’s like peeling a fruit if you can’t buy it organic. My intention is to build awareness to this issue because let’s face it no school, no university, no corporate entity will get rid of the convenience of wifi. But they can implement some simple safety guidelines and create radio free zones in the workplace.
I’m almost done with the film and can’t wait to release it! But before I can do that I need to raise finishing funds to fine cut the film, create and add in motion graphics, license music & stock footage and shoot some missing scenes. I would like to release it in Spring 2017. Can you help me achieve my goal?
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SABINE EL GEMAYEL - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Sabine conveys her strong narrative skills and her deep understanding of human emotions into her directing work giving a voice to extraordinary people in ordinary situations and undermined social themes.
Wandering around the Middle East under inconceivable circumstances during the Persian revolution and the Lebanese wars, Sabine considers herself to be a citizen of the world. Her passion for filmmaking brought her to Los Angeles, where she resides since 1994.
After editing a number of award winning feature films, Sabine successfully marked her debut as a writer-director with NILOOFAR (in competition at Berlinale 59th, Cannes Junior, AFI, and prestigious special screenings) . Currently, Sabine has two compelling socially engaged screenplays ready to get produced. As a mother, Sabine is on a mission to expose the Truth about the effects of cell phones radiations and wireless technologies on children’s health.
CAROLYN CHEN - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER
Carolyn has brought her stunning visual style and emotionally driven storytelling to TV commercials and brand content for over two decades. Her stories range from a series of visually striking moments found in a real-people documentary to unique narrative performance that defines a national brand campaign.
An award-winning cinematographer, Carolyn spent her childhood armed with a camera and black and white film roaming lower Manhattan and Chinatown. After beginning her formal photography training at RISD, she was compelled to more narrative storytelling and completed her education in filmmaking at NYU.
Carolyn has directed over 200 spots for top advertising agencies and diverse leading. Recently, she launched Production For The People – a company that offers high quality production at costs that are astonishingly affordable.
Today, as a content creator, entrepreneur, artist and mother, Carolyn Chen puts her talents to service a cause with the making of a riveting documentary.
ARTEM ZUEV - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Photographer and cinematographer Artem Zuev was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of 11. He discovered his passion for photography as a young boy while borrowing his grandfather's unloaded 35mm camera for the sole joy of being able to set focus and press the shutter. Artem studied International Relations and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2008.
The real filmmaking school began in the cutting room with mentor and editor Alain Jakubowicz. While pursuing his passion in cinematography and directing, Zuev quickly understood that all facets of filmmaking are revealed in the cutting room. After several feature editing credits alongside Alain Jakubowicz, Artem got his first break as a cinematographer on Isaac Hertz’s One Rock Three Religions which won the 2015 International Jury Grand Prix at the Terra di Siena Film Festiva, 2016 Impact DOCS Award, and has received a special screening at the U.S. Congress. Besides his main focus on documentary cinematography and direction, Zuev also produces freelance videos for commercial and independent clients. Outside of filmmaking Artem plays professional level petanque and represents USA as player and coach in international competitions and world championships.
MARCO JAKUBOWICZ - EDITOR
Marco is apart of the very last generation that had the privilege to worked on 35mm film thus understanding the power of cutting celluloid prior to the digital revolution. This unique experience shaped his savoir-faire in terms of storytelling. In Marco’s own words: “The difference between cutting film and digital editing is: In the film days one used to think and then make a cut. Today, one makes a cut and then thinks.”
Marco moved from Israel to Los Angeles in 1997. With more then 6 features, 5 feature documentaries, numerous TV documentaries and commercials over 18 years of experience in a cutting room, Marco is dedicated to telling compelling and engaged stories with images. Some of his credits include A Lego Brickumentary, Tattoo Nation, WWII in HD and Crank: High Voltage.
JORDAN HALPERN - COMPOSER
Jordan is a Los Angeles native and multi-instrumentalist who scored his first film at age 21. His film/TV work includes Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life starring academy award winner Mira Sorvino and Joe Pantoliano, as well as multiple original series for Netflix, HBO, Amazon and Reelz Network. Jordan’s commercial campaigns range from presidential candidates to major brands like MasterCard, Pepsi, Burger King, L’Oreal, Toyota, Dell Computers and Bergdorf- Goodman. He draws his inspiration from artists and composers like Cliff Martinez, Brian Eno, Lorne Balfe, Ry Cooder and Butch Vig who have all pushed Jordan to create unique music for each new project.
KARINA MORGENSTEIN – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Karina Morgenstein joined Global Girls Media in 2010 where her interest in documentary filmmaking began. Her passion for social issues and story telling led her to work as a camera assistant on the documentary One Rock Three Religions. She filmed middle eastern women speaking about one of Jerusalem’s most politically sensitive sites: The Temple Mount.
Since 2014 Karina has been the associate producer for Generation Zapped helping on one of Generation Zapped crowdfunding campaign, managing social media and coordinating interviews.
GRETCHEN LANDAU - SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Gretchen is the co-founder of Impact Squared Productions, a social media marketing company. For over a decade she was a media sales and marketing strategist for pop culture giants such as, Disney, ABC, ESPN and MTV. In the early '90's she began her career as an on-air music radio personality and then went on to start the nation’s first Spanish Talk Radio network. More recently, July (2016), she served as production supervisor for Academy Award winner, Francis Ford Coppola's experimental workshop, DISTANT VISION. She is currently in post production on the documentary, “FEMINISTS: What were they thinking?” with director Johanna Demetrakas, and in pre-production on a new film project with director, Christopher N. Rowley (Bonneville, Molly Moon). Her earlier production credits include the documentary FOLK, directed by Sara Terry.
JERYL JAGODA - SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Jeryl is the co-founder of Impact Squared Productions, a social media marketing company. She has been social networking since the day she was born. It is rumored that she was born with a telephone in her hand (not that the specific technology would matter). Jeryl has always had a knack for connecting with people and connecting people with each other. She has successfully built Internet footprints for a diverse range of clients, including authors, TV personalities, travel agencies and Web/New Media programs. She has been instrumental in pioneering Social TV through her work with high-profile shows Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and The Ricki Lake Show to establish their online communities. With Social Media, Jeryl has been able to leverage her extensive experience in networking and communications into the brave new world of social media marketing, and is known for dragging people tweet first into the Social Media Frontier.
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be timing. We want to make this film and tell this story as soon as we possibly can, but there may be production delays along the way because of scheduling and rights issues.
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