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Wednesday March 19, 2014
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The world premiere screening of The American Nurse will take place May 7 at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md., to correspond with National Nurses Week.

The film will be released nationwide following the event, which is made possible by the American Nurses Foundation and Fresenius Kabi USA.

The American Nurse explores some of the biggest issues facing America — poverty, war, aging, prisons — through the work and lives of five RNs, each of whom will attend the screening and participate in a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers.

The American Nurse is a feature-length documentary by Carolyn Jones, who is known internationally for her socially proactive filmmaking and medium-format photography. The genesis for the film was Jones’s work on the award-winning book, “The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones,” released in 2012 and made possible by a grant from Fresenius Kabi, a global healthcare company specializing in medicines and technologies used to treat chronically and critically ill patients.

The nurses featured in the film include: Jason Short, RN, BSN, with Home Care Health Services, Appalachia; Sister Stephen Bloesl, RN, from the Villa Loretto Nursing Home, Mt. Calvary, Wis.; Brian McMillion, RN, MSN, MBA-HCM, at the Veterans Health Administration San Diego Medical Center; Tonia Faust, RN, CCNM, from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola; and Naomi Cross, RN, a labor and delivery nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

“This film is a celebration of the intimate, expert, steadfast, and compassionate care that nurses give to their patients each and every day,” ANF Chairperson Joyce Fitzpatrick, RN, MBA, PhD, said in a news release. “Through the artistry and cinematic clarity of Carolyn Jones, that reality comes alive. And through the generosity of Fresenius Kabi, the stories of these nurses will reach a broader audience.”

Following the premiere, “The American Nurse” will be released in select theaters nationwide beginning May 8. Its theatrical distributor, DigiNext, a joint-venture between Digiplex Destinations and Nehst Media Enterprises, anticipates an expanding number of theaters will bring the documentary to major healthcare centers and their local communities throughout May.

About the film

The American Nurse is a documentary that will change how people think about nurses and wrestle with the challenges of healing America, according to the news release.

Jason Short drives up a creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia. Tonia Faust runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they’re dying. Naomi Cross coaches patient Becky, an ovarian cancer survivor, through the Caesarean delivery of her son. Sister Stephen runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing to a dying resident. And Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitates wounded soldiers returning from war.

The documentary’s official trailer and an updating list of theaters and show times are available at www.americannurseproject.com. The latest information about participating theaters also can be found at www.diginextfilms.com.


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