AP, Frontline documentary ’20 Days in Mariupol’ to make world premiere at Sundance Film Festival

The new feature film 20 Days in Mariupol from The Associated Press and Frontline, the award-winning PBS documentary series housed at GBH in Boston, will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January in Park City, Utah, and be featured in the festivals World Cinema Documentary Competition.


This moving and important documentary will be the first Frontline or AP original documentary to debut at the world-renowned film festival.

Told through the perspective of Ukrainian-born director and AP video journalist Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol is a visceral, first-person view of the early days of Russias invasion of the city of Mariupol, Ukraine. 

Chernov and his colleagues, photographer Evgeniy Maloletka and field producer Vasilisa Stepanenko, were the last international reporters to remain in Mariupol as Russian troops attacked the city. Together they documented what would become defining images of the war: dying children, mass graves, the bombing of a maternity hospital, and more.

Produced and edited by Frontlines Michelle Mizner, 20 Days in Mariupol draws on Chernovs daily news dispatches and personal footage of his own country at war. The result is a raw and haunting account of a journalist risking his life to share the truth of the conflict with the world.

Bearing witness to the horrors that enveloped the city, 20 Days in Mariupol captures the beginning of the war through the lens of a Ukrainian journalist documenting the devastation of his home country. 

Much of Chernovs video and the visuals from his colleagues have been widely published around the world, from corpses in the streets, to panicked, displaced civilians desperate to flee, to grief-stricken parents of children who died from Russian shelling events reported by AP and Frontline as possible war crimes. The AP footage also directly refutes Russian misinformation about the war. 

Chernov has covered Ukraine and other international conflicts for The Associated Press for nearly a decade. 20 Days in Mariupol is his first feature film. 

We went to Mariupol not with the intention of making a documentary, but to contemporaneously report on what was happening. We later realized that, together, these video dispatches could tell a fuller story of what happened to the citys people a story that I hope will help audiences understand the scale of Russias invasion of Ukraine and the horrors that unfolded in Mariupol, said Chernov. 

We are honored to work with Mstyslav Chernov and The Associated Press to share 20 Days in Mariupol with the world, and hope that this film can be both a historical document of this conflict and a reminder of wars true human toll, said Frontline Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath. We are grateful to the Sundance Institute for including 20 Days in Mariupol in its 2023 film festival lineup, to Mstyslav, Michelle and the rest of the film team for their craft and thoughtfulness in telling this harrowing story, and to our colleagues at GBH, PBS and CPB for their unwavering support of this critical journalism.

The work of Mstyslav Chernov and his colleagues documenting the siege of Mariupol was nothing short of heroic. Without their intrepid coverage of the violence and carnage, the world would not have seen what was happening. This underscores the value of independent journalism without it, the facts simply would not be known, said AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Julie Pace. We are so pleased to work with Frontline to produce 20 Days in Mariupol and are honored that the Sundance Institute selected it to premiere at its prestigious film festival.

20 Days in Mariupol is part of a larger editorial collaboration between Frontline and AP examining Russias war in Ukraine. 

20 Days in Mariupol will be distributed by PBS Distribution.


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Verizon Frontline connects first responders battling wildfires nationwide


  • The Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to wildland firefighters in 18 states this year alone.

  • Nearly 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support during 2022 wildfire response efforts.

With more than 60 wildfires actively burning in more than a dozen states, the Verizon Frontline Response Team continues to deploy mission-critical communications technology in support of public safety agencies and the nearly 10,000 wildland firefighters currently on the front lines.

This year alone, the Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to first responders in 18 states including Alaska, North Carolina, Florida, California, Texas and New Mexico.

Verizon Frontline technology has been delivered to multiple interagency command posts and 39 public safety agencies operating in nearly 70 communities. This technology provides mission-critical voice and data service to incident managers and firefighters operating in remote areas and helps coordinate fire mitigation efforts. The Verizon Frontline solutions provided by the Verizon Frontline Response Team have included Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), routers, network extenders, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more.

“First responders are now battling wildfires year-round and we remain committed to delivering the reliable and secure communications technology they need to achieve their mission wherever and whenever they need it,” said Cory Davis, Director of Public Safety Operations for Verizon Frontline. “The Verizon Frontline Response Team stands ready to support wildland firefighters across the country as they work tirelessly to protect our communities.”

The Verizon Frontline Response Team has supported federal, state and local agencies at 49 named wildfires this year including Arizona’s Tunnel Fire, New Mexico’s Hermits Peak Fire, Colorado’s Marshall Fire and the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park.

This support is provided at no cost to the supported agencies and represents a continuation of Verizon Frontline’s commitment to investing and innovating in partnership with public safety and government.

Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology built for first responders – developed over nearly three decades of partnership with public safety officials and agencies on the front lines – to meet their unique and evolving needs.

First Frontline to Front Row Hero Ticket Recipients Named

 FrontRowHero.com is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that opened in April 2022. The mission of FrontRowHero.com is to fund and deliver Front Row Seat Tickets to Frontline workers (Former and Current Members of the Armed Forces, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Nurses, Doctors, EMTs and First Responders) for Sporting Events, Concerts, Plays, and other live performances. Their goal is, that as many heroes as possible are able spend some time away from their work and enjoy live performances in the best seats possible.

The company announced on May 16 that it had awarded its first pair of Front Row Tickets.

The First ever FrontRowHero.com ticket recipients, Chris and Vicky Ray happen be married front line workers. Both are now “Front Row Heroes.”

Chris Ray is a Marine Corps combat veteran having served in the Panama Invasion and also in Desert Storm. He also served as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Currently, Chris is the Captain with the Inspection Services Branch for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

On May 24, 2022, the Rays sat proudly in their Front Row Center seats at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, while Opry Stars Craig Morgan (a Veteran of the US Army), Cam, War and Treaty, Riders in the Sky, Jake Hoot, and Daily & Vincent performed during the annual Opry “Salute the Troops” Concert.

The Rays reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

“From the very beginning, we wanted to be able to recognize those frontline workers that do so much and ask for nothing in return,” said Dale Prax, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FrontRowHero.com. “Chris and Vicky Ray embody the traits and characteristics of what the founders of FrontRowHero.com envisioned when they started the project,” Prax added.

Vicky is a Registered Nurse and has been serving the community as such for nearly 20 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In addition to their regular jobs as Frontline Workers, the contributions to the community don’t stop there with the Rays.

Recently, when Chris’ cousin Tim Risner, (a long-time resident of Giles County and former Giles County Commissioner), was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), (a cancer of the blood that causes the cells in the bone marrow to be abnormal), Chris and Vicky did what heroes do, they went into action.

Knowing that the medical costs for chemotherapy and frequent blood transfusions, the cost of transportation, and missed work for both Tim and his wife Wanda would be exorbitant, they went on a mission to help. After all that’s what heroes do.

In a very short period of time, working long hours (after working long hours at their regular exhausting jobs), the Rays were instrumental in organizing the “Benefit for Tim” event at the Hillcrest Country Club in Pulaski, TN.

A golf tournament, Live auction, silent auction, and a steak dinner were all part of the Fundraiser. Each of these events in and of themselves are a full-time job. To pull it all together in the way they did is nothing short of extraordinary.

The Event raised nearly $35,000 in donations for the Risner Family.

The Ray’s support of, and dedication to Country, Family and Faith along with their numerous contributions to the community provide superb examples for all to emulate.

The desire to do good, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty for all mankind reflect great credit on themselves and are in keeping with the mission of www.FrontRowHero.com.

“We are very proud to present the very first Front Row Tickets to the Rays,” said Prax. “Never did I imagine that our inaugural presentation would be to a Hero Couple – We are deeply moved by this couple, all they have done and what they stand for.”

About FrontRowHero.com

Based in Harriman, Tennessee, FrontRowHero.com was founded to show the nation’s Past and Present Frontline Workers.

FrontRowHero.com is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization per United States IRS Code (26 U.S.C. para 501(c)(3). Contributions are Tax Deductible under section 170 of the Code.

To contribute to the www.FrontRowHero.com cause, please visit their website to donate or become a sponsor.

FrontRowHero.com is sponsored by Direct Expedite, LLC of Lawrenceburg, TN and The Expedited Technology and Innovation Group (EFTIG) of Harriman, TN.

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Frontline workers to be celebrated during Shawnee Riverfest X benefit Concert

As communities start to gather for the first time in over a year, The Shawnee Riverfest Concert is set to recognize and celebrate our frontline workers. Over 12 International, National, and Local acts unite to support the Pocono Mountains United Way

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa.May 25, 2021PRLog — East Stroudsburg, PA – As communities start to gather again, the need for togetherness and fun will bring many individuals out this summer. One much anticipated annual event in the Poconos, Shawnee Riverfest, will once again bring many out to enjoy good music, food, friends and this year will also honor frontline workers who helped us through an unprecedented year.

The 10th Annual Shawnee Riverfest Free Concert will take place Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the historic Shawnee Inn, along the banks of the Delaware River. The 8-hour free concert will bring in over 10 International, national and local acts to unite and support Pocono Mountains United Way’s mission in supporting our community.  This event will practice social distancing and masks are encouraged.

The day will include a moment of silence for those we lost due to COVID in our community, presented by State Representative Rosemary Brown, as well as a special award presentation to a community frontline worker whose work and efforts has been recognized during this past year.

“This year will be unlike any other as we celebrate these frontline workers. It is because of their efforts and commitment that we are now looking toward the light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to take a day and celebrate all their hard work and efforts, while remembering those we lost,” event organizer Gil Coronado said.

The cast of Beautiful Day/Un Dia Bonito Show, host Dorimar Bonilla and co-hosts Alexa Sanchez and Monique Lynch Cosme, will serve as emcees for this year’s event. Some of the confirmed acts this year are national touring act Wild Planes, NY artist Nik Hartfield, Harley, Fusia Dance Center, Stephanie Campbell, Elizabeth Gillen, DJ Queue, and the Shawnee Playhouse cast of Frozen, Jr. ..with more acts being announced! An outdoor photo booth will be available by Rockin’ Photobooth for families to capture their special moments at Shawnee Riverfest. Also, a highly energetic Zumba 2 Riverfest session led by Sandra Rivera and Alan Divo Emmons kicks off the concert. Food vendors will be on hand to keep our attendee’s appetites satisfied and thirst quenched. There will also be a silent auction at the event, where attendees can bid on a variety of items.  Sponsors of Shawnee Riverfest include Pocono 96.7, CILA LLC Management, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Sonia’s Sweet Inspirations, Rockin’ Photobooth and DJ Queue.

Shawnee Riverfest X will once again benefit Pocono Mountains United Way.

“We are thankful to Gil, CILA Management and the amazing event sponsors for their dedication to helping the United Way and our community and we are especially grateful to the frontline workers who have helped us get through such a challenging year,” Pocono Mountains United Way President/CEO Michael Tukeva said.

For more information visit www.shawneeriverfest.com

Who: General Public and Press

What: Shawnee Riverfest X Concert

Where: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

100 Shawnee Drive, Shawnee on Delaware, PA

When: Sunday July 11
th, 2021 11:30 am- 7:30 pm

Admission:  Concert FREE Zumba $10 donation includes Riverfest T-shirt

Contact: Gil Coronado
gcoronado.cila@gmail.com for press, media inquiries

To Support, Sponsor, Vendor call 201-753-0093