We Want to Hear Your Story!
As we go on the journey of making this film, we are constantly looking to broaden our understanding of WWII through personal stories of individual experiences in the war. If you have a personal story or a story someone shared with you, we would love to hear it.
Mark is a documentary filmmaker and writer from Southwestern Wyoming. His creative process is reminiscent of his equally unique upbringing in Wyoming. Mark’s journey has been guided by the stories he tells, taking him 700 miles through the back roads of his home state on a bike while making a documentary about energy, to Germany and Turkey telling the origin story of Pilates.
After making documentaries for 10 years, Mark took a full-time position at Sundance Institute in the Episodic department where he focused on helping underrepresented artists hone their craft and develop their own personal stories. Mark holds an MFA in Producing for TV and Film from the University of Southern California and splits his time between Los Angeles and Wyoming, where he is finishing a non-fiction book about a Rock Springs construction dynasty that will be published in early 2019. Between projects, Mark consults for the Sundance Labs.
Carrie McCarthy is a scientist turned producer who got her start working as a scientific film consultant before going on to earn a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Southern California. During her time in academia, Carrie was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her research, which has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences worldwide. Under the shingle of Burning Torch Productions, Carrie and Mark co-produce documentaries, feature-length, and episodic content. Carrie is a hands-on producer who believes that being on the ground in the trenches is the only way to ensure the integrity of the project. She is driven by her endless curiosity to hunt down engaging stories with a unique perspective. She has a critical eye for detail in the true-life stories she develops. Carrie is currently based in Los Angeles, but spends a lot of time traveling wherever the project takes her.