I am excited to announce the completion of a new feature documentary: Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine. The film is an American-Ukrainian co-production, which I co-directed with Oles Sanin, the acclaimed Ukrainian director of The Guide, Ukraine's official entry for the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film.
The film is an intimate look at the war and revolution in Ukraine through the eyes of ordinary people who risked their lives to create a more democratic, independent country. Their lives were transformed by the tumultuous revolution on the Maidan, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the war in eastern Ukraine that followed, which has killed over 10,000 people and left 1.9 million refugees. The outcome affects not just the future of Ukraine. As writer Anne Applebaum says, "Ukraine has become a piece of a bigger struggle about the future of European democracy. Can European democracy even survive into the 21st century?"
You can find more about the film on our website: www.breakingpointfilm.com
Breaking Point will be playing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 9 and February 11, 2017. Check SBIFF.org for exact times and schedules.
I also have a new short story,“Celebreality,”on the Hollywood Dementia website:
Interacting with Autism, www.interactingwithautism.com, a transmedia project funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that I directed with University Professor Marsha Kinder at USC, continues to attract significant traffic. The website contains over six hours of short videos on various aspects of autism and hours more of interviews with some of the most important experts in the field.