the live presentation
offers veterans, their loved ones, and interested civilians
an opportunity to revisit Vietnam through Marc’s photos,
live original music (Marc & Lea), entries from Marc’s memoir,
sections of the film Tripwire, and discussion. We provide
an open, safe platform for sharing, remembering, listening,
and meeting new friends.
With Tripwire (the film) and Healing Vietnam, we present a uniquely compassionate,
apolitical, musical, eyes-wide-open look at the veteran experience in hopes of encouraging
veterans’ sharing and seeking lost camaraderie & a new sense of peace.
One more veteran suicide is one too many.
Please contact us for more information about hosting live events
from Inner View Productions.
Listen to Marc Waszkiewicz and Lea Jones with Eric Alan
in the KLCC studios for conversation and music in advance of one of their earliest live presentations,
at Tsunami Books in Eugene Oregon:
Here’s the story behind HEALING VIETNAM (the live event)
In 2008, Marc’s best buddy from Vietnam, Donnie Serowik,
after falling into complete isolation, took his own life.
So Marc re-purposed Vietnam: An Inner View to address veterans’ issues–
isolation, depression, suicide–and, thanks to this specific reorientation of the project,
convinced his songwriting/singing pal Lea to help with production.
With the help of ace designer and photo restorer Crista Dougherty, they released 1000 Yard Stare (the photobook) in 2014.
Stackpole Books will release a 309 page hardback edition of 1000 Yard Stare in March, 2017.
With the help of veteran video editor Mike Thompson (Victory Music, Alpha Cine – Seattle), they picked up on previous
editor’s efforts to mix their original soundtrack, Marc’s photos, and 1995 interview footage into what is
soon become TRIPWIRE, the feature-length documentary.
HE CRIED. THEN HE BEGAN TO TALK…
In 2014, Marc and Lea began “taking the show on the road” in hopes of raising awareness of the project and in hopes of raising MONEY.
They met “Vietnam era survivor” Carole Gordon at just such an event (Tsunami Books, Eugene). She eventually donated nearly $30,000 to the team, allowing Marc and Lea to hire an editor, Bob Laird, and purchase the gear required in order to finish Marc’s film.
Then, in 2016, things shifted. An interview on Capital Radio preceding an appearance in Murphys, California, spurred Deborah, wife of Vietnam veteran, Doug, to drag him up to Murphys from Sacramento. The presentation changed Doug’s (and by extension Deborah’s) life.
Marc and Lea were invited back down to Sacramento for a presentation hosted by Deborah and Doug, where Deborah discussed with them
the impact that the live presentation had had on her husband. That account is here, in letter form (currently a Facebook page).
A couple of excerpts:
I cannot express how profoundly that presentation affected my husband, Doug. He cried. And, then he started to talk. Like many Vietnam veterans, Doug had never spoken so truthfully about his experiences. Talking with Marc after the presentation opened the door and made possible Doug’s new journey toward healing so many years after he left the military. On the hour-plus drive home after the presentation, Doug told me about events that he had never told anyone—not even his veteran friends or his VA counselors.
The impact of the first-person presentation and the discussion afterwards cannot be overstated. Our family and friends were deeply moved by the presentation, but more importantly they learned about the lifelong impact of being in a war zone, how PTSD interferes in a veteran’s life, and how they might support Doug—and the other veterans in their lives—as they begin to heal. Because they had experienced the presentation, Doug is more comfortable talking to them about his PTSD and its causes. Now, we have a path to walk with Doug as he deals with what Marc and Lea have called the “Vietnam Hangover.”
This is what healing is about.