In April of 2016, we joined veterans Michael Cooley, Matt Kahl, and Ryan LeCompte, whose organization Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy facilitates the participation of veterans with PTSD in ayahuasca ceremonies, in Colorado. We filmed both they and their families ahead of Cooley and Kahl’s first-ever ayahuasca ceremonies, which were held that weekend at Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of Mother Earth in Florida.
We captured both the hopes and fears they had about taking the medicine, including how it would impact their wives and children. And once in Florida, we filmed the healing ceremonies themselves, showing up close the transformational effects it had on these long-suffering vets.
We then returned to visit the vets five months and again 15 months later to see how their lives’ had unfolded since, in particular, to learn of the impact their respective healing journeys had been having on them and on their families.
We expect to release From Shock to Awe in the spring of 2018.