CNN’s feature docs arm, CNN Films, has acquired Ky Dickens’ Sole Survivor, which examines the emotional aftermath that faces survivors of commercial aviation disasters.
The doc had its world premiere at Michigan’s Traverse City Film Festival on Saturday (July 27) and will air on CNN in the U.S. in early 2014, following a theatrical launch.
Sole Survivor focuses on the journey of George Lamson Jr, who is one of 14 people known to have been the sole survivor of a major airplane crash.
In the doc, Lamson seeks out the other 13 sole survivors of airplane crashes, finding along the way a young teenager who survived her plane’s crash into the ocean, and Jim Polehinke, a former co-pilot who struggles with survivor’s guilt.
“Survivors are often considered lucky and the rescue is often considered the end to their story,” said Dickens. “But the complexity of true survival is where our film – and the questions that it poses – begins.”
Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s senior VP for talent and content development, added: “We think the universal life questions explored in this film will resonate with our viewers – who will learn that there was so much more to these stories.”