Today would have been U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillén’s 23d birthday.
U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen always dreamed of joining the military, but once she was stationed at Fort Hood, everything shattered: In 2020, after telling her mother she was being sexually harassed on base, Guillen was murdered by a fellow soldier. Her story sparked an international movement of assault victims demanding justice, and this bracing, candid film follows her family’s fight for historic military reform, a journey that takes them all the way to the Oval Office.
Director Christy Wegener said, “At the core, this is a story about overcoming the greatest odds imaginable in the name of family, love and justice. This is David vs. Goliath on steroids. Taking on the U.S. military, one of the largest, most powerful institutions in America is no easy feat. In making the film, it was incredible to witness a family, in the most tragic moment of their lives, put their grief aside, step out into the public arena and fight for the greater good.”
I Am Vanessa Guillen will be released on Netflix on November 17, 2022 and is a Story Syndicate production.
Director: Christy Wegener
Producers: Christy Wegener, Isabel Castro, Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda
Co-Executive Producer: Andrea Berman
Executive Producers: Story Syndicate’s Dan Cogan, Liz Garbus, Jon Bardin, Nell Constantinople
Today, Friday, September 30 would have marked Vanessa’s 23rd birthday.
Story Syndicate is a New York-based film and television production company devoted to premium nonfiction and scripted content. Founded in 2019 by Academy Award(R)- and Emmy Award(R)-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan in the light of an evolving media landscape, Story Syndicate provides a home for talented filmmakers, producers, journalists, thinkers, and artists to create innovative, ambitious, and elevated visual content.
Our recently released projects include: the three-part docuseries Eat The Rich: The GameStop Saga (Netflix); the docuseries Murders Before the Marathon (ABC, Hulu) examining a link between the Boston Marathon Bombing and an unsolved triple murder years earlier; the landmark feature Becoming Cousteau (Nat Geo) on the life of the iconic underwater explorer; the three-part series Nuclear Family (HBO) telling the extraordinary story of a first-generation lesbian family’s fight to stay together; the explosive feature Britney vs Spears (Netflix) investigating the story of Britney’s public and private fight for freedom; and the five-part series Children of the Underground (FX, Hulu) chronicling the story of an embattled vigilante who made it her mission to help alleged abuse survivors where others had failed. Other projects include I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO), The Innocence Files (Netflix), All In: The Fight for Democracy (Amazon), Mayor Pete (Amazon), and Fauci (Nat Geo).
Announced forthcoming projects include the feature The Conspiracy exploring myths that have plagued Jewish people for centuries; and the double feature Number One on the Call Sheet (Apple) chronicling the stories of Black actors and actresses in Hollywood with producers Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Angela Bassett, and Halle Berry.