With prom season and graduation celebrations approaching, spreading the message to parents and teens about the dangers of drinking and driving is even more important.
A five minute YouTube video titled “Jamie” was created by two Fort Bend ISD high school students to tell the story of Jamie Chapman; youtu.be/LzAlv8Tffpo. Jamie, a 2009 Austin High School graduate, made the choice to get behind the wheel of a car drunk in November 2011 and suffered life altering brain trauma. In the video, Jamie urges viewers, “Just don’t be like me. You don’t have it under control.”
The video was a finalist at the Texas Independent Film Festival in February, advanced to the International Thespian Festival to be held at the University of Nebraska in June, and on April 14 won Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture at the 2016 FBISD Film Festival. It also is being used internationally by Shell Oil Company as part of their employee safety training and has been viewed over 30,000 times on the Shell Oil Company website.
What makes this video so special is Jamie’s compelling story. This story could be anyone’s story. His mother Katrina Chapman has said, “If by sharing this story Jamie can save one life, then maybe it will make the hell he lives in a little more bearable.” The video also tells a mother’s story. Katrina’s message to talk to your kids so they feel safe to call you is one every parent should hear. As she points out, “You can’t hug your kid in ICU or in jail.”
What also makes this story special are the two high school students who heard Jamie’s story and were motivated to do something about it. Danish Nelson and Marisa Emiliani are students at Travis High School. Marisa heard Jamie speak and couldn’t get his message out of her head, so she recruited schoolmate Danish to use his filming expertise to help produce this video. The video was shown during a schoolwide assembly and the Travis High School principal has challenged other area high schools to show the video to their students.
For more information about the video, contact Lisa Emiliani 281-216-0073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.