The Foundation Center interviewed Eric Talbert, Executive Director of EMERGENCY USA, the San Francisco-based arm of an international humanitarian organization. Read on to learn more about how EMERGENCY USA became involved with a short film that was recently nominated for a 2013 Academy Award.
Foundation Center: First, congratulations on Open Heart being nominated for an Academy Award! Before we talk about the film, please give us some background about your organization, EMERGENCY USA and its mission and then share with us how film or media fit into your mission?
Eric Talbert, EMERGENCY USA: Thank you! We are very excited that Open Heart has been nominated for an Oscar in the ‘Best Documentary Short Subject” category. We are rooting for the film director, Kief Davidson, and the entire Open Heart team!
EMERGENCY USA – Life Support for Civilian Victims of War and Poverty is the San Francisco based arm of an international humanitarian aid organization originally founded in Milan in 1994. EMERGENCY USA’s mission is to raise awareness and to raise funds to provide permanent infrastructure for medical care and rehabilitation efforts for victims of war and poverty.
The programs we support provide free-of-charge, high-standard medical and surgical care in war-torn areas. All facilities are designed, built and managed by the Italian NGO, EMERGENCY. The specialized international staff is committed to training local medical personnel.
Film and media are vital to our work because they help make a connection for people and to humanize our fellow civilians who are living in areas of war. As an international organization we promote a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights. We value art, such as film-making, as a way to do this cultural work that we are all responsible for as global citizens.
To read the full interview please visit the Foundation Center San Francisco Blog.