"CRISIS HOTLINE:Veterans Press
premiered on HBO on Veterans Day, November 11, 2013.
The 40-minute documentary won the 2015 Academy Award
for best Documentary Short, and received an Emmy nomination.
Ms. Perry also received the 2014 Gracie Award (Women in Media) as outstanding producer.
It is now available on HBO ON DEMAND and HBO GO.
2001, more American veterans have committed suicide than have been
killed in combat. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,
one veteran dies by suicide almost every hour.
24/7/365, the Veterans Crisis Line in Canandaigua, NY receives some
22,000 calls each month from veterans of all conflicts, many on the
verge of killing themselves because of the psychological wounds of war.
year, the VA allowed two HBO filmmakers to bring their cameras inside
the call center, with the understanding that they would record only the
responder’s end of any phone call. The resulting 40 minute
was edited from nearly 100 hours of these one-sided conversations.
movie captures gripping moments when professionals, many who are
veterans themselves, attempt to interrupt the plans of suicidal callers
and steer them out of crisis.
CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS
PRESS 1 is presented in association with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
of America; produced by Dana Perry; directed by Ellen
Kent; edited by Geof Bartz, A.C.E.; music by Wendy Blackstone; director
of Photography Tony Hardmon; additional photography by Robert
Richman; co-edited by Gladys Mae Murphy; supervising producer,
Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.