Titled "In an Instant" for the time it takes for fire to change a life forever, the 28-minute video has received a Golden Eagle award from CINE, an organization that recognizes the best of non-theatrical film. It was produced for the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center by Victor/Harder Productions, Inc.
Now, the video is being made available to schools, hospitals, fire departments and other groups nationwide, to help spread important preventive messages.
"We hope this recognition will help spread the word about this video and the powerful lessons it contains," says Pamela Pucci, RN, B.S.N., the Injury Prevention Nurse Educator, who led the video's development for the U-M Trauma Burn Center, part of the U-M Health System. "And, we thank the Friends of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers for their generous funding that made this possible."
"We're thrilled to have our work recognized in this way, but the award truly belongs to the children and families who had the courage to tell their stories and share their pain, so that others won't have to endure what they've gone through," says executive producer Fran Victor, who made "In an Instant" with her partner, cinematographer Bill Harder.
CINE names Golden Eagle winners in 20 categories twice a year after a juried competition. "In an Instant" won in the non-broadcast division. It was among 534 films evaluated by more than 275 judges.
The video illustrates the medical dangers of fire and hot liquids through the real-life experiences of children and teens who were burned after accidents or carelessness with matches, gasoline, go-karts, hot water and hot grease.