I Need HBO so I Can Watch Chernobyl
It's possibly the most on-brand I can get to only want HBO because of their new Chernobyl documentary.
If you didn't know me at that time in my life, from 2005-2011 I produced my adaptation of the now Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Voices From Chernobyl" by Svetlana Alexievich. We did readings everywhere - in theaters, in yoga studios, once in a comedy club (bad venue but a really good process). We raised minimal money for Chernobyl children's charities, but raised much more awareness of the disaster.
This is a segment we did in collaboration with artists from Deaf West Theatre, and it was a massive group effort. The interpretation from a lyric play to one that could be accessible to both deaf and hearing audiences, both emotionally and as a historical piece, was humbling. The artistry of all the actors involved stunned me. They gave their all. They taught me new meanings of words and stories I'd struggled over for years.
This is just one production, one creative team, among many I had the immense pleasure to collaborate with on these untold stories over six years.
Shot and edited by Lysandra Petersson