Buried Above Ground Directed
Ben Selkow USA / 2015 / 78 minutes World Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Ben Selkow, Marc Smolowitz
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Buried Above Ground brings to light the global health condition we now recognize as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by sharing the courageous journeys of three Americans wrestling with the aftermath of devastating events. The film broadens the scope of PTSD beyond combat veterans to include other forms of debilitating trauma that currently impact 450 million people worldwide. Struggle along with U.S. Army captain Luis Montalvan, back from the Iraq War, as he learns to cope with his inner war wounds and resurface via the bond he forms with his service dog, Tuesday. Relive Hurricane Katrina with evacuee Ashley as she pledges to rebuild her home while she rebuilds herself. Empathize with Erundina, fighting to stay sober and go back to school after surviving child abuse and domestic violence. Filmed over six years, with intimate access to these survivors as they unburden themselves of the past, Buried Above Ground pays tribute to the human spirit and the skill of the filmmaker.
Ben Selkow is an award-winning filmmaker focusing on exigent social issues and excellence in storytelling. Ben's directorial debut came with "Summer in the Cage"(Sundance Channel) and was nominated for a Prism Award. Ben also is producing "Death by a Thousand Cuts," a documentary investigating deforestation and violence. He produced "Prayer for a Perfect Season"(HBO) and "The Carrier" (Cinedigm). With "Buried Above Ground, Ben was a Carter Center Mental Health Journalism fellow. His unscripted television credits include directing/producing for the Emmy Award-winning "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" (CNN), as well as executive producing "Welcome to Fairfax"(Pivot TV).
Cast/Featuring: Luis Carlos Montalvan, Ashley Boudreaux, Erundina Lopez, Tuesday
Producer(s): Ben Selkow, Marc Smolowitz
Director(s): Ben Selkow
Cinematographer(s): Ben Selkow, Artem Agafonov, Rudy Valdez
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