The American Nurse

Directed by Carolyn Jones

 

 

 

The American Nurse explores some of the biggest issues facing America — aging, war, poverty, prisons — through the work and lives of five nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America.

Jason Short drives up a creek to reach a homebound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they’re dying. Naomi Cross coaches patient Becky, an ovarian cancer survivor, through the cesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen runs a nursing home where she uses goats, sheep, dogs and llamas for animal therapy and the entire nursing staff comes together to sing to a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war.

The film is a part of the American Nurse Project and made possible with the generous support of Fresenius Kabi, a company whose purpose is to put lifesaving medicines and technologies in the hands of people who care for patients, and to find answers to the challenges they face. The people at Fresenius Kabi stand shoulder to shoulder with the nation’s health care professionals to support their heroic and selfless actions on the front lines of caring for life. To learn more about our sponsor, please visit: americannurseproject.com/sponsor.
 
To learn about the American Nurse Project, visit www.americannurseproject.com.

 

The Filmmakers

CAROLYN JONES

Director and Executive Producer

 

Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. From people “living positively” with AIDS to women artisans supporting entire communities and nurses on the front lines of our healthcare system, Carolyn has devoted her career to celebrating invisible populations and breaking down barriers. She founded the non-profit 100 People Foundation which creates educational films and curricula and has students participating in thousands of schools in over 90 countries worldwide. Her most widely acclaimed book publications include Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS and The American Nurse, which led to a feature documentary included in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase. In the spring of 2018 her award-winning documentary Defining Hope, which was the culmination of a journey investigating how we can make better end-of-life choices, was broadcast over 1,000 times on PBS stations nationwide.

LISA FRANK

Producer

 

As a documentary producer and as Director of Programs and Production for the 100 People Foundation, Lisa oversees the planning, execution, and delivery of groundbreaking creative projects, from award-winning documentary films to short documentaries on global issues for students worldwide. She has spent the last eleven years in collaboration with Carolyn Jones to produce the book, film, and website that comprise The American Nurse Project, as well as the feature documentary Defining Hope, which was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. She holds a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University.

JAKA VINSEK

Cinematographer

 

Jaka Vinšek is a Slovenian-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and cinematographer. His personal projects focus on the passion of others, from athletes pushing their bodies to the limit to medical professionals helping those in need. Exploring diverse cultures and alternative lifestyles, Jaka’s work seeks intimate moments within the unfamiliar. Before moving to New York, Jaka worked for several major Slovenian publications as well as international news agencies like Reuters and the Associated Press. For over three years, beginning in 2004, he travelled the world as the personal photographer to the President of Slovenia. Since relocating to the United States, Jaka has worked with a variety of documentary, fashion and lifestyle clients. He shot two award-winning, feature-length documentaries: Defining Hope, which examines end of life treatment in America, and The American Nurse, which showcases the lives and incredible stories of nurses across the country.

ISABEL SADURNI

Editor

 

Isabel Sadurni has edited several feature documentaries including Tootie’s Last Suit, winner of the Jean Rouch Award from the Society of Visual Anthropology and A Case of Mistaken Identity, shot by Albert Maysles and which screened nationally on PBS. She has edited over 50 documentaries related to cinematic masterworks for The Criterion Collection. Isabel is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Stanford University and the proud daughter of a nurse.

STEVE HEFFNER

Editor

 

Steve is an award-winning editor whose credits include Brothers in War for the National Geographic Channel, and the Emmy-nominated WWII in HD and Vietnam in HD for the History Channel. He is currently editing Indian Point for filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, which investigates the nuclear industry in the United States, post Fukushima (to be completed fall, 2014) and co-producing The AIDS Generation, a feature documentary based on the book by Dr. Perry N. Halkitis.

CANDACE THOMPSON

Associate Producer

 

Candace Thompson is a video maker and performing artist who lives in Brooklyn. Hailing from Eastern Kentucky but having lived in 8 states and 3 countries by the age of 20, Candace has always been fascinated by how culture, environment, and circumstance have a profound impact on an individual’s perspective on the world. While her education was deeply rooted in the theatre tradition, Candace has spent the past decade branching into other forms of storytelling–most notably video and new media, but also music, dance and non-fiction writing.

HAYES GREENFIELD

Composer and Musician

 

Hayes Greenfield is a producer, composer, saxophonist, filmmaker, bandleader, and educator – has been active on the New York City jazz scene since the late ‘70s. As sideman, he has built enduring associations with such notable artists as Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, Paul Bley, Barry Altschul, and Richie Havens. As bandleader, Hayes has recorded and produced a number of critically acclaimed CDs and played throughout the U.S. and Canada, headlining in such popular New York City clubs as the Blue Note, Birdland, the Knitting Factory, and CBGB’s. European tours have taken him and his bands to Vienna, the Aalen Jazz Festival in Germany, Brighton Jazz Festival in the U.K., the Albi, Coutances, Bordeaux, Amiens, Hyeres, and Avignon Jazz Festivals in France, and the Aarhus Jazz Festival in Denmark.

BARBARA GLICKSTEIN

Outreach Strategist

 

Barbara Glickstein is a public health nurse, health reporter and media strategist. She is co-director of the Center for Health Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York. She produces and hosts Healthstyles an award-winning, weekly program on public radio in New York City. She views her radio program as a public health practice, providing ongoing coverage of issues that make a difference in our everyday lives. She is committed to putting a human face on important social issues.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

 

INSPIRED BY
RHONDA COLLINS, MSN, RN

 

FIRST ASSISTANT EDITOR
CHRIS RAMEY

 

ADDITIONAL EDITING & ADDITIONAL CAMERA
CANDACE THOMPSON

 

LOCATION SOUND
LISA FRANK

 

SOUND EDITOR & RE-RECORDING MIXER
DAN TIMMONS

 

ADDITIONAL SOUND EDITOR
STEVE HEFFNER

 

SOUND EDIT SUPERVISOR
ROB BROWNING

 

ADDITIONAL SOUND
GENE PARK

 

COLORIST
CHRIS RAMEY

 

ASSISTANT EDITORS
SUZZANE HILLINGER
ERIN SULLIVAN

 

TRANSCRIPTION
MARSHA TALCIN
PATRICIA RAMEY
TRANSCRIPT ASSOCIATES

 

WEB DEVELOPMENT
BOB GOURLEY

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS & INTERNS
CHRISTOPHER KIM
MELISSA CHAMBERS
SOFIA VERZBOLOVSKIS
ANIKA BENKOV
MAGGIE AGOSTINO
XIAOYE JIANG

TRAILER EDITOR

LAURA TOMASELLI

 

TRAILER MUSIC
CODY UHLER
ROSS WARINER

 
 
ADVISORS
BARBARA GLICKSTEIN
ANN EGBERT

 

THE AMERICAN NURSE PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF

FRESENIUS KABI

 

 

 
 
KATIE Couric Show – “Celebrating Nurses”
“Katie salutes nurses across the country. Meet the heroes who heal us, inspire us and save our lives.” (Aired July 16, 2014)

 

The New York Times – “Attending Life’s First Breath and Its Last”
“elegantly clear-eyed… a worthwhile documentary… Tears are almost inevitable.”

 

The Washington Post – “A Look at the Lives of American Nurses”
“…mix of powerful images with words of men and women whose lives are devoted to healing.”

 

ABC News – “The American Nurse Celebrates Unsung Healing Heroes on the Front Lines of Health Care”
“…personal stories of nurses of every stripe from every facet of society.”

 

The Village Voice – “…Documentary About Genuine Human Decency”
“The diversity of her subjects is impressive… stirs new appreciation for the profession.”

 

 

Woman’s Day – “A Film that Will Make You Love Nurses Even MORE”
“I left the NYC premiere feeling so much love and respect for these important healthcare professionals.

 

WIFR TV Illinois
“The end of life is very much a part of life, yet sometimes those conversations and decisions are the toughest to make, or even talk about.

 

WYPR Radio: Midday with Dan Rodricks – Interview with Carolyn Jones and Naomi Cross
“exploring the American experiences of healthcare, poverty, war and the hospice through the eyes of nurses.

The Durham Herald-Sun – “A moving film about life and death, and those who care
“beyond a must-see for those who are or have been nurses, “The American Nurse” is an important piece of work for all Americans to watch, as everyone comes in contact with a nurse at some point in their lives

 

The Aisle Seat – “The American Nurse”
“Intellectually and emotionally engaging. This is one of the best films you’ll see this year, documentary or otherwise.

 

NYC Movie Guru – “The American Nurse”
“…this moving and humanizing documentary will forever change the way you look at nurses.

 

Pop Matters – “The American Nurse: Five Health Care Workers”
“The film’s connections between scenes — within single storylines and also across the experiences of the various nurses — construct an emotional and moral throughline, beyond particular place or crisis.

 

Lancaster New Era – “Film about nurses…”
“…a portrait of five amazing people whose compassion, intelligence and open hearts will remain with you for a long time to come.
 
 
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