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Published on Apr 20, 2015
Over six years, BURIED ABOVE GROUND interweaves the stories of a soldier, domestic violence survivor, and Hurricane Katrina evacuee fighting to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), into one powerful narrative.
Directed | Produced | Written by Ben Selkow Editors: James Lester + Flavia de Souza Producer: Marc Smolowitz Cinematographers: Ben Selkow, Artem Agafonov + Rudy Valdez Co-Producer: Joedan Okun Additional Cinematography: James Adolphus, Juan Carlos Castañeda, Marlon Johnson + Jennifer Leyva Additional Editors: Artem Agafonov + Daniel Lawren
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER | WRITER Ben Selkow is an award-winning, sixteen-year veteran filmmaker. He has directed and produced non-fiction pieces for HBO, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, CNN, Pivot TV, Sundance TV, Esquire Network, PBS World, and Fox Sports Net. Ben Selkow was an executive producer of the docu-series WELCOME TO FAIRFAX (PIVOT TV, 2014), a director/producer on the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning series ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN (CNN, 2014), producer of PRAYER FOR A PERFECT SEASON (HBO, 2011), and the producer of THE CARRIER (PBS/Cinedigm, 2011). As an independent filmmaker, he is widely known for his 2007 film A SUMMER IN THE CAGE about bipolar disorder – that has been screened extensively in mental health settings around the country. The film won an MHA award in 2009 and was nominated for the PRISM Bipolar Depiction Award. Ben was a Mental Health Journalism Fellow at the Carter Center (2010-2011), the institute founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife and activist Rosalynn Carter. Ben was selected for the prestigious Sundance Producers' Conference (2003).