I had the chance to visit South Africa and meet with some of the local EMS. When I did it certainly wasn’t under these circumstances, but it was raw and you could tell there was something different about them, their training and certainly their experiences. I support this film with everything I am and I hope to meet the Director and Producer/ DP in the future. The only was we are going to change what we are as an industry is to show what it is now!
ABOUT THE FILM
Shot on board with the paramedics of Pretoria and Johannesburg, “Tell Me And I Will Forget” illuminates the new social challenges in South Africa, 15 years after the end of it’s oppressive Apartheid era. Desperate human circumstance and a wave of violent crime have put immense pressure on the medical system, which is now as divided as the country’s dual economy. With the on going US medical debate, the documentary provides a timely look into the much less glamorous side of the nation that will be hosting the 2010 World Cup Football Games.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The Director, Justin Salerian, 24, currently attends Medical School at St. Georges University school of Medicine. He worked as an EMT in South Africa for four months before beginning to film with the medics there. The close relationship he developed with his colleagues is palpable, and in combination with the “handy-cam” shooting style, the film provides the viewer with a uniquely intimate perspective on-scene with the emergency workers.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Michael Marantz, 24, is an accomplished producer, editor and motion graphics artist. As the owner of The Loft Productions, he teamed up with Salerian in late 2008, bringing the film to new life. Separated by over 4000 miles, the filmmaking duo pieced together the project using synchronized editing systems and Skype video conferencing. The Loft Productions previously specialized in post-production services for shows such as FOX’s 24 and has evolved into feature film creation.
WHEN AND WHERE
On December 19th, 2010 we held a private screening at Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills, CA for 120 guests. The film will be on the International Film Festival Circuit this year (2010) and is being submitted to Cannes Film Festival in February.