C.S. Wildman, Director/Editor
IFP Member #4313
Chris, 27, has his degree in Music Industry and Broadcast Journalism from Troy University. He has been editing and producing with Windstar Studios, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO for 3 years. While living in Florida, Chris produced corporate videos and commercials for an in-house agency prior to relocating to Colorado. Chris’s experience and love for the craft has allowed him to foster outstanding relationships with industry pros who continue to mentor him and help him grow in his ambitions to become a filmmaker.
John A. Pointer, Writer/Executive Producer/Research
John, 48, began the journey of writing this story based on his father’s experiences at the Nevada Test Site and Pacific Proving Grounds as part of the United States Military’s development of atomic warfare. He began researching the Atomic Veterans of the 1950s for the purposes of writing the feature film screenplay “Oath of Secrecy”. The Atomic Veterans are US servicemen who, during their tenure of military duty, participated in nuclear weapons testing and were subjected to physical and psychological experimentation of this deadly type of warfare. John’s father shared these stories with him weeks before he died. This project became a personal quest to tell not only his father’s story, but a story that would reflect the experiences of over 250,000 veterans who participated in these programs. He is personally vested in this subject with firsthand knowledge of how the lives of the Atomic Veterans and their families have been affected with psychological and medical trauma. As part of this research, John began to learn that the United States government involved many segments of the population beyond military service personnel in the atomic and nuclear testing programs including unethical human experimentation. John has been researching this subject for more than 5 years and is taking the lead on writing and researching the documentary film telling the broader story of the overall human toll related to the atomic age.
Lisa K. Wildman, Executive Producer/Production Manager/Writer
Lisa, 46, is a professional, published writer with nearly 1,000 articles to her credit. She has spent almost 30 years in marketing, advertising and writing for the energy and housing industries. She has served as Executive Producer and Production Manager for regional television shows and for the creation of pilot projects and corporate video projects and has managed up to $500,000 project budgets. Lisa’s work has won awards from American Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, Southern Gas Association, Florida Natural Gas Association and National Home Builders Association. Lisa studied journalism at Florida State University.
Candace, 26, is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies.Her Great-Grandfather, Johney Carroll worked at such sites as Nevada test site, Hanford, and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant over a period of 15 years. After a 7 year battle with the DOE for compensation he was approved under the program for his Cancer. Her Great-Grandmother was Ms. Atomic Bomb 1957. Candace is politically involved and wants to be a part of positive change. She has worked on behalf of Political Campaigns as a fundraiser and Volunteer Coordinator. She recently went to Washington D.C. to lobby for the Charlie Wolf Act (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1828). Candace has also worked in PR and Marketing at an International non-profit.
Dave Schlarb, Director of Photography
Dave, 31, earned his degree in Radio and Television Production from Pike’s Peak Community College. Dave has worked on the creative team at Windstar Studios, Inc. for more than 10 years and has extensive experience in videography, lighting and production. Dave has a broad range of equipment experience including:
- Sony HDW-F900R HDCam camera
- Sony PDW-350 XDCam HD Camera
- Sony HVR-Z1U HDV Camera
- Sony HVR-A1U HDV Camera
- Panasonic 27V DVCPro100 Camera
- Canon XH G1S HDV Camera
- And is heavily researching the soon-to-be-released Arriflex Alexa digital motion picture cameras.
Standard definition equipment:
- Ikegami HL-59 Betacam SP camera
- Panasonic AJ-D300 D3 Digital
- Canon XL-1S and GL-1 MiniDV cameras
- Panasonic AG-HVX200 MiniDV
Lens include: Angineux, Canon, Fujinon, Ziess
Lighting instruments and controls: Arri, Leveton, Lowell, Strand, Mole Richardson, Litepanels (LED)
The filmmakers have assembled an impressive group of researcher and consultants to ensure comprehensive and accurate information is presented in this film. Watch here for additional listings and bios of our research team.
American Massacre – A Documentary Film is a fiscally sponsored project of IFP