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PRESS

  • "swirling, immersive"

    • - Los Angeles Times
  • "[Body Team 12] temper[s] horrifying images with stories of courage and nobility"

    • - New York Times
  • "Filmmaker David Darg sought to humanize this faceless worker in his documentary short Body Team 12"

    • - The Hollywood Reporter
  • On Garmai: "It's dangerous and often unappreciated work, but Sumo tackles it with a dedication and resolve that is admirable to behold."

    • - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "...moving short documentary"

    • - Forbes
  • "The film is shot with immediacy and in wide angles that make sure you don’t miss any context."

    • - Variety
  • "This riveting HBO doc explores the tragedy through the extraordinarily sensitive eyes of Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the Liberian Red Cross team, whose heartbreaking work successfully halted the disease."

    • - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • "Through Garmai we see the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt the transmission of the disease."

    • - Deadline

THE TEAM

GARMAI SUMO

BODY COLLECTOR

Garmai Sumo is a registered nurse and has worked as a community health worker in the slums of Monrovia. When Ebola hit Liberia she was enlisted with the Liberian Red Cross as a member of Body Collection Team 12. For months she worked on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak collecting the dead. Garmai now runs a program caring for Ebola orphans with the US Charity, Operation Blessing.

DAVID DARG

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

David is the Co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world's largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of Operation Blessing International, he has traveled to over 100 countries. As an award-winning filmmaker, David’s work profiles countries in need and brings new stories back to the stateside audience. His most recent film “Body Team 12” is a 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. The film is set to premiere on HBO in March 2016. David has assisted in RYOT’s major role in the virtual reality space, partnering with aid workers, filmmakers and citizen journalists in 10 countries to create VR films and produced the first ever VR film from a disaster zone with the Nepal Quake Project. Additional accolades include being named one of Esquire Magazine's "Americans of the Year" as well as a "Hollywood Maverick" by Details Magazine. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector.

BRYN MOOSER

PRODUCER

Bryn is the Co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. Bryn has overseen the production of over 60 virtual reality films created by RYOT in collaboration with some of the most well-known brands in the world, including global VR news partnerships with The Huffington Post and The Associated Press. As a documentary filmmaker, Bryn has co-directed and produced 10 award-winning documentaries from Liberia to the Arctic, including "Body Team 12" - 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. The film is set to premiere on HBO in March 2016. Bryn was named one of Esquire Magazine's "Americans of the Year" as well as a "Hollywood Maverick" by Details Magazine. Before starting RYOT, Bryn spent years as a humanitarian, serving in the Peace Corps in Africa and working in Haiti, where he helped build the country's largest secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 3,000 Haitian youth per year.

PAUL G. ALLEN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

With lifetime giving totaling over $1.5 billion, investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through both for-profit and philanthropic investments, Allen has sparked important developments and innovations in the areas of science, technology, education, conservation.

OLIVIA WILDE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

As an actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions from sharing the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community at large. Also a producer and director, she continues to accomplish much in both the entertainment and non-profit arenas.

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

From the Philippines to the Arctic, Nigeria to Iraq, last year was an incredible adventure - but I was most taken aback by my experience in Liberia as an aid worker and a first responder. Being on the ground during the height of the viral Ebola outbreak in 2014, I was astonished by the bravery of Liberia’s Ebola body teams, and in particular, Garma Sumo, the female body collector featured in the film BODY TEAM 12. I was immediately inspired by her - by her fearlessness, determination and love for her community.

Garmai, and the brave body teams, are the behind the scenes heroes of the epidemic, selflessly risking their lives for the sake of their country. I knew I needed to tell this story as a tribute to their courage. It is my hope that this film becomes a platform to raise awareness and support for the ongoing Ebola relief efforts, and especially for the newly orphaned children who lost their parents to the disease.

While this was my most dangerous project, it was also the most fulfilling. It was the perfect avenue to not only break the stigma and misconception surrounding viral epidemics like Ebola, but also to inspire others to volunteer in tough situations.

History is defined by people who stood up against huge odds to fight immense battles. If it was not for the courage of the body teams, the Ebola epidemic would be far worse. Africa, and ultimately the world, owes so much to this small group of brave young Liberians. I hope BODY TEAM 12 earns them gratitude from people all around the globe.

- DAVID DARG

PRESS

  • "swirling, immersive"

    • - Los Angeles Times
  • "[Body Team 12] temper[s] horrifying images with stories of courage and nobility"

    • - New York Times
  • "Filmmaker David Darg sought to humanize this faceless worker in his documentary short Body Team 12"

    • - The Hollywood Reporter
  • On Garmai: "It's dangerous and often unappreciated work, but Sumo tackles it with a dedication and resolve that is admirable to behold."

    • - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "...moving short documentary"

    • - Forbes
  • "The film is shot with immediacy and in wide angles that make sure you don’t miss any context."

    • - Variety
  • "This riveting HBO doc explores the tragedy through the extraordinarily sensitive eyes of Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the Liberian Red Cross team, whose heartbreaking work successfully halted the disease."

    • - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • "Through Garmai we see the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt the transmission of the disease."

    • - Deadline

THE TEAM

GARMAI SUMO

BODY COLLECTOR

Garmai Sumo is a registered nurse and has worked as a community health worker in the slums of Monrovia. When Ebola hit Liberia she was enlisted with the Liberian Red Cross as a member of Body Collection Team 12. For months she worked on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak collecting the dead. Garmai now runs a program caring for Ebola orphans with the US Charity, Operation Blessing.

DAVID DARG

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

David is the Co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world's largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of Operation Blessing International, he has traveled to over 100 countries. As an award-winning filmmaker, David’s work profiles countries in need and brings new stories back to the stateside audience. His most recent film “Body Team 12” is a 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. The film is set to premiere on HBO in March 2016. David has assisted in RYOT’s major role in the virtual reality space, partnering with aid workers, filmmakers and citizen journalists in 10 countries to create VR films and produced the first ever VR film from a disaster zone with the Nepal Quake Project. Additional accolades include being named one of Esquire Magazine's "Americans of the Year" as well as a "Hollywood Maverick" by Details Magazine. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector.

BRYN MOOSER

PRODUCER

Bryn is the Co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. Bryn has overseen the production of over 60 virtual reality films created by RYOT in collaboration with some of the most well-known brands in the world, including global VR news partnerships with The Huffington Post and The Associated Press. As a documentary filmmaker, Bryn has co-directed and produced 10 award-winning documentaries from Liberia to the Arctic, including "Body Team 12" - 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short. The film is set to premiere on HBO in March 2016. Bryn was named one of Esquire Magazine's "Americans of the Year" as well as a "Hollywood Maverick" by Details Magazine. Before starting RYOT, Bryn spent years as a humanitarian, serving in the Peace Corps in Africa and working in Haiti, where he helped build the country's largest secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 3,000 Haitian youth per year.

PAUL G. ALLEN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

With lifetime giving totaling over $1.5 billion, investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through both for-profit and philanthropic investments, Allen has sparked important developments and innovations in the areas of science, technology, education, conservation.

OLIVIA WILDE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

As an actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions from sharing the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community at large. Also a producer and director, she continues to accomplish much in both the entertainment and non-profit arenas.

IN THE NEWS