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Going The Distance: Journeys Of Recovery

Ian McFarland and his dad Todd. Ian McFarland is a 6-year-old who survived the auto accident that made him an orphan.
Courtesy of David L. Brown Productions
Ian McFarland and his dad Todd. Ian McFarland is a 6-year-old who survived the auto accident that made him an orphan.

Airs Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

“Going The Distance: Journeys Of Recovery” is a hour-long character-driven documentary in which four survivors take us inside the experience of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to reveal their personal stories of devastation, heroism and hope.

Called "the Silent Epidemic," TBI impacts 1.5 million Americans and costs American society $60 billion every year.

"Going the Distance" focuses an intimate lens on the daunting, inspiring journeys of the survivors as well as the people who love and care for them.

Going The Distance: Journeys Of Recovery: Trailer

The film's profiles in courage include:

Jason Poole, an African-American Iraq War vet nearly killed by a roadside bomb

Jason Poole takes a photo with children in Iraq during the war.
Courtesy David L. Brown Productions
Jason Poole takes a photo with children in Iraq during the war.

Kristen Collins, a nurse who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident

Kristin Collins in rehab.
Courtesy of David L. Brown Productions
Kristin Collins in rehab.

Jay Waller, a Yale graduate who was the victim of a savage road-rage beating

Jay Waller, 1997
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Jay Waller, 1997

Ian McFarland, a 6-year-old who survived the auto accident that made him an orphan

Ian McFarland surfs with Ricochet the dog.
Courtesy of Robert Ochoa + David L. Brown Productions
Ian McFarland surfs with Ricochet the dog.

Credits:

Produced, directed and photographed by David L. Brown

Edited by David L. Brown, Marta Wohl, Steven Baiger, Tal Skloot

Executive Producer: Rob Howard

Music by Steven Cravis, John Keltonic and Jaime Kibben

Colorist: Gary Coates, On-Line: Jesse Spencer

Sound Design, Mix: Paul Zahnley, Disher Music and Sound

Still Photos: Robert Ochoa, Larry Bramble, Jason Poole, Cindy Collins, Melissa Coleman,

Jay Waller, Sydney Waller