The explosive story will carry such a powerful impact to audiences due to the relevance within our global stage. On the international theatre quietly a storm was raging and just waiting to launch a darkness which prevails to this very hour. This epic start was the beginning of an awful litany of tragedies marked by revenge, bigotry, death and pride.
Bombs were set as a villain loomed in the shadows and soon, in the aftermath of a horrible series of explosions, Ellen would be almost killed. In the building where she was on a thirty day assignment she would be blinded when the birth of the reign of terror literally began under an Egyptian Jihad led by Osama bin Laden. On August 7, 1998 two US Embassies were bombed in Kenya and in Tanzania. She survived miraculously when thousands were killed. Her story is the hub of this moving film franchise and one of the most inspirational stories in history.
Laying under the concrete rubble covering over her body with shards of glass in her face, eyes and torso, she was barely breathing. Much of her hair was burned off from the heat, the survivors were dismembered and over 4000 Kenyans lost their lives in moments. Ellen waited hours before she was found laying unconscious, barely alive. What the rescuers saw was so completely damaged, it was horrible.
In late Summer of 2018, the goal is to have a film created honoring the survivors of international terrorism where the reign of bombings and Al Queda's vengeance was beginning. Compassionate contributors being approached in this new film for the interviews include Ted Koppel from ABC NIGHTLINE who interviewed Ellen four times. His groundbreaking coverage with producer Richard Harris of NIGHTLINE brought attention to those who lost so much during this horrible beginning.
Along with members of the journalistic teams, members of the Clinton Administration, medical professionals at Walter Reed and the Optometrists for trauma victims, the goal of the film is to help give Ellen the opportunity for a bionic eye prosthesis and begin a movement to help the visually impaired. Heroes of the forgotten were the legal teams who came alongside this famous story in Tom Faye, Ron Carp and Steve Perlis who continue to fight for the survivors and families of this horrible tragedy.
Madeline Albright, the Secretary of State visited Ellen in the hospital again bringing international attention to one of the most powerful women near the Whitehouse. She extended a loving greeting of kindness and hope full of prayer to all of the bombing survivors sharing the compassion from the nation's capitol and administration. Because of the notoriety of this woman who had now been placed in the witness protection program, Ellen's light was burning filled with hope, even while in darkness.
Ellen learned to live a life of blindness, but she brought more sight to people than ever imagined. The School for the Blind found a woman of great character, integrity and fortitude who never just thought of herself, but wanted to help others. Her legacy of bringing light to a dark world has continued for nineteen years and she is still hopeful for some measures of sight restoration. This effort is focused on making this dream a reality.
Only months after leaving Walter Reed, she held in her arms the granddaughter she would raise at ten days old. This baby would be her eyes for the next twelve years and Ellen would learn to live with a hope and a future many of us would never believe possible. All people who meet her, see her spirit, connect with her belief in God and realize through it all, she has taken tragedy and turned her life into triumph.
Under the shadow of the worst villain since Adoph Hitler, the time has come to create a FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY entitled ELLEN'S LIGHT and bring this to audiences everywhere. We plan to share her story with the International Film Festival community, with theater audiences and cable and television network partners. A new book is being created to accompany this exciting opportunity for real ministry.
Nick Karas, Ellen's brother was waiting for her at Walter Reed Medical Center when three days later she was flown for emergency treatment after stops in Nairobi and Landstuhl Germany hospitals which could not work on her due to the complex injuries her face and eyes had sustained. He is championing the financial models for VMFA and seeking sponsors to help make this dream a reality.
Thanks to Stephanie Musser and her following up on this amazing story, we had the honor to meet Ellen this August 2017 and were all impacted by her courage, her contagious spirit of joy and her desire to make everyone around her know how blessed she is. This landmark testimony will live forever and we honor her, we thank the Lord for her faith and believe ELLENS LIGHT will impact every heart. Her love of all people, including Muslims, the Arab world and Christians everywhere is just another example of purity and joy for "the family of man".
While in Jetta, Saudi Arabia she met the bin Laden family and only had kind words to say for the family who was led by one of the worst villains who ever lived. This kind of "love" is rare in this world and after twenty years of darkness, her light continues to this very hour. GR PRODUCTIONS, will be the film production company for VMFA sharing ELLEN'S LIGHT for the non profit documentary production and the for profit feature.
Whenever I think of people who are real heroes, I think of all those who have darkened the doors of Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. I am thankful for Major Ed Pulido, who almost lost his life in Afghanistan and survived an IED bomb which took the lives of so many. Serving in the military, on foreign soil and providing security for our nation is one of the highest positions anywhere.
Ellen thank you for changing my life. Thank you for believing enough and having the courage to share your story with the world. I am especially thankful for Ted Koppel, for ABC and for the amazing journalists whose bravery continues to move me personally. David Bloom was a dear friend of mine, the former NBC Morning Show host who lost his life in Afghanistan covering the Iraq war and I continue to desire to honor our brave press core for going beyond safety in helping us see the world as it truly is.
Please be praying for this new project over the next five years. We plan on the documentary taking a year to create, hopefully finding a position for next year as a Holiday Special in 2018 to say to the survivors of International Terrorism, we do remember you and your life. A publisher will emerge who will partner with us, a distributor will come forward and a network to share the world Ellen's Light is real and we can all see differently, by her inspiration.
God bless you Ellen and we love you,
A new FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, a new book and a new FEATURE FILM are all in the works with this new inspiring VISION PARTNERSHIP you can help make possible. Would you help ELLEN see again, by being a part of an amazing movement for the VISUALLY IMPAIRED? This is our heart and passion and we need help today.
Contact Nick Karas if you would like to be a part of this amazing story honoring the surviving victims of international terrorism at 303-887--2063.