HomemadeDirected by Jason Maris, Danielle Bernstein
AWARD WINNER: Founder’s Choice Award
ABOUT THIS FILM:
Groundbreaking, intimate, and durational – Homemade is the six-year journey following combat wounded and highly decorated Force Reconnaissance Marine Adam Sorensen as he navigates life after war. Exposing the effects of Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and addiction on Adam’s marriage, family, and work, Homemade is a story of survival and resilience. The film bears witness to the often traumatic transition from active duty service to civilian life, begging a broader question about our cultural markers of success and igniting a crucial conversation about caring for our returning veterans and their families.
Jason Maris is from the Chicago area and moved to Atlanta in 1993. He is a freelance editorial, commercial filmmaker and photographer with over twenty years of experience in the industry. He most recently worked on the award-winning feature length documentary “Imba Means Sing” as the director of photography. Jason has worked with JWT, the advertising agency for the United States Marine Corps, as a recruitment photographer since 1994. His images are featured nationally on billboards, posters and in books and brochures, as well as on the web. Over 600,000 men and women have enlisted in the Marines since Jasonʼs photographs have been in circulation, because of this, he feels a tremendous responsibility to every Marine. After 9/11, he volunteered his time on awareness building campaigns for The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Travis Manion Foundation. These experiences clarified that a greater understanding of the post combat landscape was extremely important to him. Jason set out, with the help of partner, Danielle Bernstein, to make a movie illustrating the ambiguous nature of Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury through the eyes of a family.
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