Top Brain Trauma Experts Added to Storming Cast

Thanks to our generous support from donors, we traveled to New York and Illinois last month to interview Dr. Julian Bailes and Dr. Jospeh Fins, who will be appearing in Storming - lending their expert knowledge on brain trauma, treatment for traumatic brain injuries, social and ethical issues surrounding brain injuries and more.

Dr. Julian Bailes, M.D.

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Dr. Bailes is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Co-Director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute and consultant to the NFL Players Association. His expertise in treatment of brain injuries will help to educate viewers about the causes, treatments and outlooks of brain injuries - from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries such as Ryan Diviney’s.

Dr. Joseph Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P

Dr. Joseph Fins Storming Documentary

Dr. Fins is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, serving as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He is the author of Rights Come to Mind and was appointed by President Clinton to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

As an acclaimed advocate for the rights of patients in unknown states of consciousness, Dr. Fins will educate viewers on the ethical dilemmas surrounding families and patients effected by traumatic brain injuries that have left them in comas or vegetative states.

Storming Gains Support from Chicken & Egg Pictures

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Storming has been selected as a grantee for the Nest Knight Fellowship, a Chicken & Egg Pictures pilot initiative generously supported by Knight Foundation, which is focused on identifying and supporting women or gender non-conforming nonfiction directors from cities where Knight Foundation invests who are working on their first or second feature-length documentary.

Storming is one of three films selected for the Nest Knight Fellowship directed by a first-time female director hailing from Philadelphia.

Storming is one of three films selected for the Nest Knight Fellowship directed by a first-time female director hailing from Philadelphia.

From Chicken & Egg Pictures:

Chicken & Egg Pictures, a leader in supporting women nonfiction filmmakers, announced today the first ever slate of grantees for their Nest Knight Fellowship, a pilot initiative generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which is focused on identifying and supporting women or gender non-conforming nonfiction directors from cities where Knight Foundation invests who are working on their first or second feature-length documentary. In its pilot year, the Nest Knight Fellowship supports three projects from filmmakers based in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2019 Nest Knight Fellows receive a $15,000 grant for the production of their feature-length film and benefit from the mentorship of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ senior creative team. The Fellowship kicked off in early April 2019, when Nest Knight Fellows had an in-person meeting with Chicken & Egg Pictures’ team members and attended the NEXT GEN EGG event in New York City where they observed experienced filmmakers pitch to potential supporters, media funders, and other industry professionals.

“As a New York and San Francisco based organization that has supported many projects across the US and internationally, our team knows the importance of supporting geographically diverse filmmakers and film projects,” said Lucila Moctezuma, Program Director at Chicken & Egg Pictures. “With the Nest Knight Fellowship, we are putting an emphasis on learning from the perspectives of filmmakers not based in major film hubs, so we can better understand how to support them in their filmmaking goals and increase career sustainability in the documentary industry.”

“Nonfiction films are a window for audiences into new experiences and perspectives, helping to educate and inform in unique ways. Through the Nest Knight Fellowship we hope to give voice to talented emerging filmmakers outside of conventional film hubs, so that we may provide a platform for great stories to be heard and told,” said Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation vice president for arts.


Learn more about Chicken & Egg Pictures and their supported films at https://chickeneggpics.org/

Production Kicks Off in Pittsburgh

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Thanks to our generous donors, our crew was able to kick off production last week! 

Our shoot took us to Pittsburgh, PA to interview John Maletta, a close friend of the Diviney family. In addition to our interview with John, we captured some b-roll of Johns annual Ride for Ryan fundraising event with Ken Diviney in attendance. Now in its eighth year, Ride for Ryan aims to help raise funds for the Diviney family and spread the word of Ryan's story across the globe to #keepryanrelevant.

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STATUS UPDATE- December 2018

Storming has recently entered post-production for a promotional trailer to raise awareness of the film and solicit funding for the feature length production. The expected release date for the trailer is January 2019.

Interviews with core subjects Ken and Sue Diviney have been conducted. Our team is currently seeking additional interviewees to help support the narrative of the film, including: family members, Ryan's doctors, medical experts specializing in traumatic brain injuries, first responders to the scene, lawyers, those involved in the attack and more.

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