Our special guest is Terry Benedict, an American film producer. He is the founder and CEO of The Shae Foundation.
Terry is most well-known for co-producing Hacksaw Ridge, nominated for six Academy Awards. Hacksaw Ridge is based on Benedict’s documentary, The Conscientious Objector; a film about Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, who refused to carry a weapon in World War Two. Doss is the only conscientious objector to ever receive a Medal of Honor.
After working on over a dozen independent films, Benedict felt impressed to create films that inspire and promote positive messages to the global community. He produced and directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary film, The Conscientious Objector. The film garnered several dozen awards in multiple categories during a two-year run on the international festival circuit including many “audience favorite” awards, a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival and from Boston, a Humanitarian Award. The film played on the International Documentary Association’s InFACT Documentary tour qualifying it for Academy Award consideration. Benedict scripted the first draft of the theatrical narrative project based on the documentary and joined the producing team of Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.
Currently, Terry has several film projects in development including a new medical action/drama series and an international series focusing on Hope Extreme. He is also developing the film The Death of Reasonable Doubt, which follows the U.S. Supreme Court death-row case of Troy Davis in Savannah, Georgia. At its core is the fundamental question of fairness and whether it is Constitutional to execute a man who could be factually innocent but convicted by a fair trial.
Visit Terry’s website at www.shaefoundation.org