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Project of the Day: What Is It Like to Be the ‘Sole Survivor’?

Project of the Day: What Is It Like to Be the 'Sole Survivor'?

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Sole Survivor

Tweetable Logline:

This doc gives a first glimpse into the lives of sole survivors of plane crashes as they struggle to understand their perplexing fate.

Elevator Pitch:

In the history of aviation, there have been 14 large commercial plane crashes with one lone survivor. Sole Survivor offers the first glimpse into the lives of four of these sole survivors. There’s a misconception that if somebody survives a tragedy, they should feel lucky. Pressure is placed on survivors to move on, to feel grateful for being spared a dire fate without acknowledging the psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and physical ramifications of survival. Through their varying experiences yet similar reflections, Sole Survivor puts a face on survivorship, underscoring the fact that survivors are victims too.

Production Team:

Directed by: Ky Dickens
Produced by: Amy McIntyre
Executive Producer: Yellow Wing Productions
Director of Photography: Tom Clayton
Editor: Anna Patel
Music: Franck Rapp
Executive Producer: Susan Aurinko
Co-Producer: Alexis Jaworski
Co-Producer: Kristen Kaza
Production Manager: Joanna Lakatos

About the Production:

“Being a survivor myself, I’ve always empathized with the guilt and “why questions” that surround survivorship. Surviving a tragedy doesn’t make you lucky; in fact it is quite the opposite – survivors often feel lonely, misunderstood, and weighted by lofty expectations. Through these never before told stories, there is an opportunity to put a face on survivorship. We hope this film will help survivors feel as though they no longer have to live on the margins of society or on the brink of their own personhood without the resources they need to connect and heal.” — Ky Dickens

Current Status:


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Kickstarter Page (campaign has ended)
Film Website

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