Alumna Sian Edwards-Beal '00 Screens New Documentary at ReelAbilities Film Festival
BY Angeline Dimambro, April 20, 2022
HERE. IS. BETTER. is the first feature-length documentary gaining unprecedented access to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. It interweaves the inspiring stories of four veterans undergoing the most effective trauma psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The film features former presidential hopeful Jason Kander, sharing his journey through treatment for the first time. Also included are the stories of women veterans, which are often overlooked, as they work with global PTSD expert Dr. Kathleen Chard. The film was directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Jack Youngelson and produced by Emmy-winner Edwards-Beal and David Beal. The film’s score was composed by David Baron and Jeremiah Fraites of the Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers and includes original songs by musical artist Josin and Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.
“All of the veterans featured in the documentary put tremendous trust in us to share their stories in order to help others,” Youngelson said in an article from Deadline. “It is one of the great gifts of making this film, and I am honored that these remarkable men and women put their faith in us to get their stories out in the world.”
Watch the trailer below.
Sian Edwards-Beal is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and director who has created and delivered a comprehensive range of film, television, and web content for networks including HBO, the BBC, National Geographic, and Channel 4. Edwards-Beal began her career running production for international companies working in the United States. She worked on a wide range of programming, including the BBC’s investigative documentary series Panorama, So Graham Norton, 2000 Today and Absolutely Fabulous in New York and Channel 4’s Da Ali G Show. As a partner at Teale Edwards Productions, she produced over a hundred hours of programming including eight seasons of Everyday Italian for which she won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Program in 2003. Edwards-Beal served as co-director and co-producer on the National Geographic documentary, The Dalai Lama: Peace and Prosperity, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also executive produced Hacking Democracy for HBO, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Edwards-Beal is the Co-CEO at Green Hummingbird Entertainment where she has just completed the documentary HERE. IS. BETTER. with Jack Youngleson and is in development with a variety of projects including the international scripted series Vanguard-1 with Daniel Percival and The Dragon, a scripted series about the first Black chess grandmaster, Maurice Ashley.