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Sierra Leone Embassy in USA recognizes filmmaker for contribution to Ebola fight

Sierra Leone Embassy in USA recognizes filmmaker for contribution to Ebola fight

The Sierra Leone Embassy in the United States this week recognized USA filmmaker John Taschner who directed the film GEN RX about the Ebola crisis, partnering with the United Nations Foundation raising over $140Million for emergency relief, medical supplies, and support personnel for Sierra Leone and West Africa.  Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché at the Embassy of Sierra Leone, Washington DC, USA, congratulated the John Taschner for “admirable achievement” and said, the Ebola film by Taschner is playing “a very key role in the fight against Ebola.”

The filmmaker was a student at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, when he conceived the idea for the Ebola film, writing the film script and directing the movie in less than two weeks. The film is a powerful educational vehicle about the Ebola crisis that drives global support and emergency relief.  Funds donated to the UN Foundation Emergency Response Fund for Ebola in Sierra Leone and West Africa have passed $140Million so far.  The filmmaker said, “The goal of the film is to drive increased awareness and support for the fight against Ebola.”

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Submitted  by Aaron Garcia

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  • What a visionary masterpiece that far exceeded its goals! Really makes you think about what our country would be like if last year’s Ebola hysteria has continued to its logical conclusion huh? The surreal yet all too realistic storyline made me think about the plight of modern debilitating and over-medicating life. This is another great work from Mr. Taschner that resulted in millions in support aid to solve a real-world issue. John Taschner is a masterful storyteller, especially for being so young. I also saw (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4426985/) that he was the director of one of my favorite documentaries, “Life’s a Dive,” too. I’m becoming a big fan of this guy’s film/humanitarian work 🙂 Melissa Elias is really something special too! I watched with great anticipation as she put her passion on screen and really made me feel it. Very well done!

    1st July 2015
  • I hope films like this continue to educate people on Ebola and keep the world motivated to find a cure.

    19th June 2015

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