Included within Short Film Block
Directed by Brittany Huckabee
United States | 90 min | 2016
Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, AFTER FIRE highlights the challenges faced by the fastest-growing group of American veterans: women, who now account for one in five new recruits to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Demonstrating courage during their military service and resilience in its aftermath, Brittany Huckabee’s subjects candidly confront the fallout of their experiences on their personal lives as they adjust to the civilian world.
The film throws a spotlight on the human toll of rape in the military, combat injuries and bureaucratic dysfunction, telling a universal story about strength in the aftermath of trauma.
Brittany Huckabee is an independent filmmaker whose work focuses on telling stories about the experiences of women. Documentaries she has directed and produced have been broadcast nationally on PBS and other outlets and screened at top international film festivals. Her most recent film, ‘After Fire,’ about women military veterans, will premiere at DOC NYC on Veterans Day 2016. Previously, she wrote, edited and produced ‘Hot Girls Wanted,’ an inside look at the “amateur” pornography industry and the 18- and 19-year-old girls who get pulled into its vortex. After premiering in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it was acquired by Netflix and nominated for a prime-time Emmy. She worked with the same filmmaking team as producer and editor of ‘Sexy Baby,’ which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Showtime. Among her directing credits is the Emmy-nominated ‘The Mosque in Morgantown’ (PBS, 2009), which chronicled a Muslim feminist’s campaign for change in her West Virginia mosque. She served as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH and is the principal of Version One Productions, a production company based in New York City.