With heart and grace, TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-forged celebrates the courage and strength of burn survivors as they reclaim their lives after the devastation of fire. The film follows the journeys of ordinary people who rise above their injuries to find unexpected insights and a transformed worldview.
A firefighter endures a 1500 degree firestorm; a teenage athlete engulfed in flames triumphs against all odds; an oil refinery worker survives a seemingly unsurvivable explosion; a model refuses to be defined by her scars; a family is united through tragedy; and a 12-year-old sprint car driver pulled from a flaming wreck tries to convince her parents to let her back on the track. These powerful stories are framed and given context by American war hero and charismatic actor, J.R. Martinez.
In a culture that prizes physical beauty over strength of character, TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged challenges us to go beyond the superficial and redefine our concept of true beauty.
When metal is forged with fire it becomes stronger. It turns out the same is true of the human spirit.
Megan Smith-Harris, Producer/Director. Megan’s career encompasses documentary, television, film, theater, and radio both in Canada and the United States. She is the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions, an independent production company with a commitment to create high quality, socially relevant programs with a unique perspective. Megan produced, directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-forged. The film has aired on PBS, been dubbed, "a must-see" by Real Screen, "emotionally potent” by the Los Angeles Times, and “a truly important film” by PBS International. Megan also helmed three documentaries for the Women’s Entertainment Network: SURROGATE STORIES, CHILD BRIDES, and POLYGAMY. In addition, programs and moderates the New Perspectives Documentary Series in Wilton, Connecticut where she lives with her husband and business partner, Bill Harris, their son Jack, and a very energetic rescue dog named Duncan.
Bill Harris, Executive Producer. Bill is CEO and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions. A television programming executive with 30 years broadcast and cable experience, Bill has worked with ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, and spent 16 years as head of production for the A&E Television Networks (A&E, History, Lifetime and Biography channels). Bill joined A&E in 1994 overseeing Documentary Programming, including the development, launch and unprecedented success of the Emmy Award-winning BIOGRAPHY® series. As VP of Production, he managed the launch of THE HISTORY CHANNEL before becoming SVP of Production and Broadcast Operations. A multiple Emmy, Telly, Ace, Cine and Vision Award winner, Bill has been inducted into the National Association of Minorities in Cable (NAMIC) Hall of Fame and was named a Cable Maverick by the Cable Center in 2008. More recently, Bill was executive producer on two Oscar® qualifying documentaries, including DIGITAL DHARMA and TRIAL BY FIRE: LIVES RE-FORGED He also directed and produced THE TACKLE GIRLS: ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION, a feature documentary on the world champion gold medal women's football team from the USA.