In April 2011, kNIFVES filmed a PSA for the Post Falls Police Department’s (PFPD) domestic abuse unit.
The PSA, which kNIFVES wrote and filmed for free, was created to educate the public about the high rate of domestic abuse in the area and to share information about the PFPD domestic violence hotline.
“Kootenai County has the highest rate of domestic violence per capita in the state of Idaho,” Eismann said. “It’s really important people are aware of it and we can get them the help they need.” – Bridget Eismann, PFPD crime victim advocate
The kNIFVES Screenwriting Special Interest Group (SIG) produced 13 potential scripts. Three were sent to the PFPD for review. Once they chose a final script, Line Producer Karla Petermann organized the shoot, gathering an experienced production crew, organizing a workshop, and finding talent. Under the direction of Gary Edwards, the kNIFVES Composing SIG created music for the project.
The PSA, directed by kNIFVES president and seasoned professional, WJ Lazerus, was shot at the PFPD safe house in Post Falls and the PFPD generously provided food for the
cast, crew, and students throughout the weekend. Paul Brand, kNIFVES Production SIG leader shot the PSA and completed the editing. The PSA can be seen on local television stations and between films at North Idaho Regal Cinemas.
kNIFVEs would like to thank the following people for the generous contribution of their time, talent, and equipment for this project which has the potential to save lives:
Domestic Abuse PSA Crew
W.J. Lazerus – Director
Karla Petermann – Line Producer
Ted Parvin – Assistant Producer
Paul Brand – Camera/Editor
John Bateman – Director of Photography
Michael Nator – Grip/Electric Swing
Brandon Ruiz – Grip/Electric Swing
Tom Taylor – Sound/Boom Operator
Bill Essary – Editor
Mary Jane Honegger – Screenwriter/Props
Bob Johnson – Props
Katie Edwards – Makeup
Kathy Edwards – Wardrobe/Hair
Anne Mitchell – Casting Director
Janice Jarzabek – Still Photographer
Bernice Webb – Production Assistant
Beth Bollinger – Production Assistant
Domestic Abuse PSA Cast
Karenna Jones – Actor/Teenage Girl
Aaron Reed – Actor/Teenage Boy
Elsie Patrick – Actor/Woman 50’s
Elisha Gunn – Actor/Woman 30’s
Jon Jordan – Actor/Man 30’s
Sophia Anderson – Actor/Girl – 7 yrs