CPTV's War Zone/Comfort Zone Premiere
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 26, 2011) – When women serve in the United States military, they risk their lives to protect America's freedoms. What they come home to, however, is less than a heroes welcome. Many face homelessness, joblessness, poor service at the VA and the psychological and physiological impacts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and military sexual trauma. In the new documentary War Zone/Comfort Zone, premiering on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) on Tuesday, November 8 at 9 p.m. (with a repeat airing on Sunday, November 13 at 6 p.m.), producer Lizzie Warren uncovers the silent suffering of those veterans as well as the struggle of two women—Shalini Madaras of Wilton and Joy Kiss of Milford—to establish transitional, supportive housing for female veterans.
“Around fourteen percent of the active duty military is made of up women and more than twenty-four percent of the National Guard,” said Warren. “While a range of housing options exist for their brothers, as these women come home there are almost no transitional beds for them. War Zone/Comfort Zone tells the story of Madaras and Kiss’s fight to develop Connecticut's first transitional housing for homeless women veterans. They persevere through surprising community opposition.”
War Zone/Comfort Zone weaves together Madaras and Kiss’s story with the intense and personal stories of women veterans who sacrificed everything to defend their nation and came home only to poverty, fear and a shocking lack of community and public support waiting for them. Their determination is chronicled in the documentary.
About the Production
Before becoming a filmmaker, Lizzie Warren graduated from Columbia University in 2006 and taught English in the South Bronx and at a small university in France, respectively. She has been producing documentaries for CPTV for the past two years.
In addition, Karen Silverstein served as the Post Producer/Editor for the show, and Jennifer Boyd of CPTV oversaw the production as Executive Producer.
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network. It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) also includes WNPR. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves almost 240,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org.