About this project
Quick Blurb: In the history of aviation, there have been 14 large commercial plane crashes with one lone survivor. SOLE SURVIVOR offers the first glimpse into the lives of four sole survivors as they embark on a journey to understand their perplexing fate.
Synopsis: When Galaxy Flight 203 was in its final seconds, George Lamson pulled his legs above his head, an arbitrary decision that helped save his life as he was thrown through the fuselage on impact. Immediately after the crash, George’s sole survival was considered miraculous and newsworthy, making him a fixture in the media for a year. Twenty-six years later, George lives a few blocks from the accident site and still struggles with the emotional weight of his survival. He doesn't know if he was spared for a reason and if he was, what is that reason? In an effort to heal, he seeks to connect with the other 13 sole survivors of commercial aviation disasters, including Cecelia Cichan, Bahia Bakari and Jim Polehinke – none of whom have ever spoken publicly.
Cecelia Cichan, the lone survivor of Northwest 255 (which memorializes its 25th anniversary this month), shares her story for the first time in SOLE SURVIVOR. Jim Polehinke was the co-pilot of Comair Flight 5191 that crashed in Lexington on August 27th, 2006. Since the accident, Jim has never spoken publicly. In SOLE SURVIVOR, Jim’s emotional struggle with his survivorship is underscored by the NTSB's findings that the plane crashed due to pilot error. French teenager Bahia Bakari has yet to share her story with America. Through their varying experiences yet similar reflections, SOLE SURVIVOR puts a face on survivorship, underscoring the fact that survivors should not be treated as lucky; survivors are victims too.
STATUS: With the generous support from our last Kickstarter campaign, we accomplished our goal of finishing the rough cut of the film. However, the film is not completed; finishing funds are essential to wrap the project and with the help of this Kickstarter campaign, we will wrap the film and get it out the door by mid-September 2012. Your contributions will help us share these brave, inspiring, never-told stories with the world.
RATIONALE: Survivors of airplane crashes embody the experience of all types of survivors because their experience is acute, public and dramatic. However, there are many types of survivors that are not in the news. Survivors of natural disaster, war, genocide, pandemic disease and other types of tragedy often have difficulty assimilating back into their families and communities. There is a misconception that if somebody survives a tragedy, they should feel lucky. Pressure is placed on survivors to move on with their lives or to feel grateful for being spared a dire fate without acknowledging the extreme psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and physical ramifications of survival. Families, communities and institutions around the world have neglected the struggles of survivors due to a lack of understanding. We hope this film will educate about survivorship so that survivors no longer have to live on the margins of society or on the brink of their own personhood without the resources that they need to heal.
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