SEATTLE – January 14, 2016 – Vulcan Productions congratulates the filmmakers of Body Team 12 on the nomination of the film for the Academy Award® in the field of Documentary Short Subject. The film will debut on HBO on March 14, 2016.
“I am incredibly proud of the impact Body Team 12 has made in shining a light on efforts to help end Ebola,” said Paul G. Allen. “This Oscar® nomination brings critical awareness to how an approach to epidemic prevention grounded in perseverance, diagnostics, infrastructure and life-saving public health information can make headway towards ending the threat of Ebola. Congratulations to David and Bryn on this nomination, and for joining this fight.”
BODY TEAM 12 is directed by journalist-filmmaker and RYOT Co-Founder David Darg, who put his life at risk by embedding with a team of heroic Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead during the height of the Ebola outbreak, and then edited the film in quarantine for four weeks.
Darg states, “From being on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic, to editing this piece while in quarantine, we are humbled to be recognized with the nomination of the Academy Award®. BODY TEAM 12 is a tribute to the heroes who bravely worked to eradicate Ebola from Liberia. Our collaboration with Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Productions, along with their commitment to global health initiatives, made this incredible project possible.”
Executive produced by Paul G. Allen and Olivia Wilde, and produced by RYOT Co-Founder Bryn Mooser, BODY TEAM 12 lays bare the heartbreaking but lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt the transmission of the disease. The filmmakers capture devastating and poignant images, shot on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, that reveal the Ebola crisis through the story of Garmai Sumo, the sole female member of the body collection team.
Executive Producer Paul G. Allen has been a catalyst in the global response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. He is the largest private donor in the effort to combat the crisis, having committed at least $100 million to support critical work in the field and raise awareness about the outbreak. Alongside BODY TEAM 12, Allen’s Vulcan Productions funded educational media projects to help stop Ebola, including the #ISurvivedEbola video campaign and BBC Media Action’s radio programs in West Africa.
Body Team 12 - Trailer from David Darg on Vimeo.
BODY TEAM 12 is an HBO Documentary Films presentation of a RYOT production in association with Paul G. Allen, Olivia Wilde, Martha Rogers and Gareth Seltzer.
RYOT is an immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. As humanitarian aid workers, first responders and filmmakers, RYOT founders Bryn Mooser and David Darg spotlight the world’s key global and social issues, creating innovative 360° and virtual reality experiences for viewers. From being on the ground in a Syrian war zone to profiling the destruction of the Nepal earthquake, their films span five continents and profile countries in need, bringing new and innovative stories back to the stateside audience. They have received numerous awards for filmmaking, including Best Documentary Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, Telluride MountainFilm 2015, and were hailed as Esquire magazine’s 2012 “Americans of the Year” and as “Hollywood Mavericks” by Details magazine.