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This past week I received an interesting call from Matthew Blaine of Crosstown Media, a full-service Emmy® award winning television and film production company that specializes in poignant and entertaining documentary programming. With acclaimed productions on ABC, CBS, MTV, Bravo, The History Channel and GSN, CM’s founder, Matthew Blaine, is a high-profile producer, director and show runner veteran. Blaine is developing a show that has particular significance to trauma survivors and he reached out to tell me about it.
I ended up interviewing Matthew and today, I’m sharing his project with you in case you would like to become involved in it. Here are some of the questions that I asked, and Matthew’s terrific answers.
The Crosstown Media mission is to develop ‘poignant and entertaining documentary programming’, why do you feel this is so important?
It’s Crosstown’s mission to share poignant and and entertaining programming because we feel it’s the best and most important use of the television medium. Television has a lot of garbage and a lot of greatness…we strive for greatness. We’re not the company that produces “eye candy” programming with no substance. We have more respect for the audience than that – and we want to make programming that is impactful and memorable. The most valuable thing someone can give you is their time and attention – so when our audience gives this to us, we want to make sure it’s worth their while.
You have a new project in the works for young adults, what is it?
Our latest project is a documentary series about young adults (approximately 15-25 years old) who have survived extremely tense and traumatic experiences…and these young adults tell the story of their experience straight to camera, in the hopes of raising awareness and educating the audience. The series is called quite simply, “The Scariest Moment Of My Life.”
What gave you the idea for this project?
I did a show last year for MTV called, “True Life: I Need a Transplant.” It featured two pretty heavy stories about two young adults preparing for transplant surgery. The show was an IMPORTANT show – which is something that cannot always be said about television programs. The MTV audience was very receptive to the darker nature of the stories – and the reactions we received were very positive. We even won an award from the Donate Life Hollywood Association. So this concept (“The Scariest Moment Of My Life”) is in keeping with that theme – telling stories that may be hard to tell and hard to hear, but at the same time NEED to be told and NEED to be heard.
What is the goal you wish to achieve with it?
My goal with the series “The Scariest Moment Of My Life” is to raise awareness and educate the audience. This series will feature stories from young adults who have experienced all sorts of traumatic experiences – and lived to tell the tale. Everything from victims of violent crimes, natural disasters, freak accidents, deadly illnesses, stories of warfare, etc. And the level of success and impact this series will ultimately have, depends on the contributors…who is willing to come forward and share their story. We hope that young adults will feel empowered to share their story with us – and the more important stories we include, the greater our chances of a positive impact.
If someone wanted to participate how would they get involved with the project?
If someone would like to share their story with us – they can email us at email@example.com. We are accepting submissions now through the end of March…the sooner the better. Please email us your name, age, location, contact info – include a photo of yourself – and briefly describe The Scariest Moment Of Your Life in the body of the email. Click here to see the casting notice for The Scariest Moment of My Life.
We learn from hearing each other’s stories, seeing each other’s struggles – triumphs – and deciding what we can apply to our own journeys. These elements are part of the Heal My PTSD mission as each week we highlight the stories of survivors and healing professionals in the fight against PTSD.
If you feel that your scariest moment story could help someone else, please contact Matthew at the info above. We don’t heal in isolation; we heal in community. Reaching out and sharing your experience can be very cathartic for you and eye-opening for someone else.
Of course, you’re also always welcome to contribute your positive moments of PTSD coping and recovery directly to me for inclusion in the Survivors Speak series that runs every Wednesday.
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