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"CRISIS HOTLINE:Veterans Press 1" 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.

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Since 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.
Open 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.
Last 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 movie was edited from nearly 100 hours of these one-sided conversations.
The 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 Goosenberg 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.