NYWIFT Member Screening Series:
Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. The screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.

Join us for this month's NYWIFT Screening Series feature: Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged! produced and directed by member Megan Smith-Harris, who will be available for a Q&A immediately following the film with Kelly DeVine, Artistic Director of the Global Peace Film Festival.

It’s just an ordinary day… until it isn’t. A distraught mother jumps through a window to save her son engulfed in flames. A chemistry class explosion at an elite boarding school derails the life of a star student. A soldier is ravaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq. A loving family says ‘sweet dreams’ one night, unaware that their home will be reduced to ashes before dawn. All face the cruel onslaught of fire and survive.

With heart and grace, Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged celebrates the courage and strength of burn survivors as they reclaim their lives after the devastation of fire. The film follows the journeys of ordinary people who rise above their injuries to discover unexpected insights and a transformed worldview. Through extraordinary courage, grit and determination, all re-forge their destinies by first embracing – and then achieving – new dreams. These powerful stories are framed and given insight by actor, speaker and veteran J.R. Martinez.

"Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged" is a gripping, emotionally potent, often startling documentary about a remarkable group of burn survivors and their physical and psychological triumphs over adversity. - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

A real eye-opener! This moving film profiles burn survivors—not victims—who have made incredible and inspiring recoveries. - Leonard Maltin

A Must-See! - Real Screen Editorial Staff

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Megan Smith-Harris is the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions and has had a career spanning documentary, television, film, theater and radio. Smith-Harris conceived of Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged, her first independent feature documentary, after reading a magazine article on burn survivors in an airport lounge. She recently executive produced and directed Surrogate Stories, a two-hour documentary about surrogate mothers and their intended parents, for the Women’s Entertainment Network. Previous documentary projects for WEtv include Child Brides and Polygamy, both for the anthology series Secret Lives of Women. Smith-Harris launched her career in Toronto as an actress with The Second City touring company and went on to co-write and produce the comedy revue Mad in Canada. She  was a producer resident at the Canadian Film Centre and a participating director in the inaugural year of Women in the Director’s Chair.





Kelly DeVine has served as the Artistic Director of the Global Peace Film Festival since 2006. During her tenure, she sought to rethink the traditional festival model, taking it from a passive event to one that fully realizes the motivational power of film. DeVine pairs films with local, national and international groups, creating a community centered hub that educates and inspires, as well as provides the resources for individuals to become empowered change agents. She has also consulted for impact projects for award-winning documentaries such as Bully, How to Survive a Plague and Revolutionary Optimists. She is a longtime film acquisitions and programming professional and was a key member of the IFCTV Acquisitions team for almost 8 years. She continues to consult with filmmakers on story development and distribution strategies, regularly serving as a reader for grant programs and on film festival juries.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts