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Eric Christiansen, Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Eric Christiansen Eric Christiansen (founder of EC Productions) is an Emmy award-winning documentary and commercial filmmaker with the "Power to Move," whether promoting emotional healing with Vietnam Vets or motivating the consumer to buy toothpaste. The New York Times called his most recent PTV film Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey, "a surpassingly worthy...touching film." Eric's documentary about grief recovery following disaster, "Faces in the Fire", won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement In Documentary. Eric's work for PTV includes shows underwritten by AT&T, Staples, and the critically acclaimed Photographing America underwritten by Fuji Film. He has also edited/post-supervised programs for TLC (The Learning Channel) and The Discovery Channel. Eric also served as editor and post-production supervisor for the 70mm Imax feature film "The Greatest Places". Cinemania Online wrote "...intelligent and, at times, visionary editing decisions." As a commercial director, Eric produced all national television spots for Rembrandt Toothpaste through its successful sale in 2008. Commercial clients include: Atlantic Records, Ogilvy & Mather, and Grey Advertising. Eric is a Seven-time Southwestern Region Emmy Award recipient, Eric also received an International Monitor Award for Best Director and Silver and a Gold Award from the Houston International Film Festival. For more information, visit www.ecproductions.com.

About The Film- "Searching For Home: Coming Back From War"

Searching for Home: Coming Back From War is an emotional and unflinching look at returning veterans and their search for the "home" they left behind-physically, mentally and spiritually. From World War II, Korea and Vietnam to modern-day conflicts, Searching for Home will be a 60-minute, multigenerational tribute that honors the men and women who have left "home," only to return to new and difficult challenges as profoundly-changed people.

Award-winning director Eric Christiansen is a recognized chronicler of loss, grief recovery and the complexities facing returning veterans. Eric produced and directed the Emmy-honored film Faces in the Fire, an up-close depiction of survivors' recoveries following disaster. His critically acclaimed film, Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey, tells a story of healing 35 years in the making. The New York Times called it, "a surpassingly worthy and touching film." Anthony Edwards of TV's ER and over 20 feature films, including his memorable turn as "Goose" in the blockbuster feature Top Gun, will executive produce Searching for Home. Edwards is inspired by the awareness and healing the film hopes to initiate. Eric and Anthony will be joined by Dr. Jeremy Crosby, a psychologist and expert in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and author of A Mind Frozen in Time: A PTSD Recovery Guide. Former US Senator and veterans advocate Max Cleland said of the book, "The principles in this book...should be read and absorbed by everyone who has been to war."

Searching for Home captures the day-to-day life of veterans struggling with issues of grief and trauma-some for as many as 60 years-across boundaries of age, background and experience. You'll watch as older vets receive the validation they've missed as they reach out to help younger vets. Unprecedented access will allow the viewer to personally witness the hidden wounds, disturbing memories, and, finally the hope of recovery for these brave soldiers. Searching for Home will show the reality and often-devastating impact of PTSD first-hand and how its victims may be transformed through intervention, therapy and multigenerational support and encouragement. Most importantly, Searching for Home will resonate with the resilience of the human spirit as the viewer empathizes with the deeply human, emotionally-rich stories and connects with the triumph of recovery in a very real and moving way.

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"In a documentary environment, being able to roll when I need to roll and not have to worry about cueing tape is a tremendous benefit," Christiansen said. "It was a tremendous time-saver to be able to just search through the thumbnails and know what I have. That gave me piece of mind. I also like the fact the XDCAM system archives wonderfully."

"I was dealing with an extremely emotional subject," he said. "I didn't have time to fiddle too much, because in addition to being the cameraman, I was also the director trying to making a major emotional connect with these people. It was very comforting knowing I could just put a disc in and be ready to go."

"This camcorder was so comfortable to use, especially in the interviews. To be able to access material in a random, immediate way is a great time saver."

"We were often shooting directly into the sunlight, and when the footage got to my colorist, he was blown away," Christiansen said of the color correction session at Filmlook in Burbank, Calif.; on their Da Vinci system. "There was a ton of colorspace that he was able to work with," he said. "The exposure latitude was incredible. He had everything he needed to make the shot look exactly like I wanted."

"The tapeless workflow was awesome. Dealing with digitized files is tremendous, and the transfer was so easy. It changed my whole paradigm. I was so impressed."

"A dream camera for the documentarian! Full control and easily accessible menus! Instant playback with thumbnails! Always ready to roll even when I am reviewing! Love the tapeless workflow! And the archive is built in!"

"This is more than a camera it is a paradigm shift that allows me to do what I do best- Tell impactful emotional stories!"

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