Title of film: "Montana Crime Victims: A United Effort"
Description of film: A documentary highlighting victims rights in the state of Montana. This film follows the stories of victims and how they were treated in the criminal justice process. Key public officials discuss the problems and inequality of how victims are treated when a crime takes place. Produced in conjunction with Ryan United, The Montana Board of Crime Control and Team Lazer Productions LLC.
Where was the film shot? Missoula, Helena and Boulder.
Your background in filmmaking: B.A., digital filmmaking, University of Montana. I have worked on several nationally airing television shows, documentaries, TV commercials and two feature films.
Inspiration for your film: To bring to light the idea of victim’s rights and to focus on the stories told by victims and their families. The main inspiration was Derek Van Luchene’s story of his brother and the work he does through Ryan United to help ease other families' pain.
What makes this film unique? This film is unique to the fact that most people don’t even know what victims rights are. So much of the time, money and effort is spent on defending criminals while putting the victims and their families on the back burner. This film tells a different side of the story and shows the difficulties and triumphs from a victim’s perspective over the criminal justice system.