As the date of the 25th Anniversary is getting closer we wanted to touch base with our team and see what everyone is working on. First up our wonderful co-producer, Rachel Stoll.
Jane Whitty: As we are just four months away from the 25th Anniversary events what is your top priority right now?
Rachel Stoll: Right now my main focus, and Cindy’s too, is getting all the financial paperwork straightened out and our fundraising started. We are almost there, but it’s a critical thing we need to have before we can move on.
JW: What has been the biggest obstacle you have encountered as a producer working on this project?
RS: Besides finding a non-profit umbrella, the largest obstacle has been explaining the project, and the disaster to people. So many of my peers are unaware of the long-term implications of the disaster (environmental, foreign policy, etc). While VFC doesn’t take a stance on anything political, the education of the event itself allows the audience to do more research if they want, and to formulate their own opinions.
JW: What have you found most rewarding about the process so far?
RS: My team. By far the best team I have ever worked with.
JW: Voices From Chornobyl is a multifaceted project. What is the one element you are most excited to see realized?
RS: The kids script, or whatever we’re calling it right now. “VFC, jr.”. Cindy and I were talking one day and it just sort of came into being as an idea. Now that I’m reading the drafts and helping edit some of it, it’s just amazing.
JW: In your involvement so far what is the one thing you have learned about Chornobyl that you think more people should be aware of?
RS: I think that people can wrap their heads around the ongoing environmental impacts of the disaster, because that’s pretty tangible in a world where we are talking about global warming and seeing other environmental disasters. However, what I’d like to see more discussion of internationally is more about the human rights issues that have popped up from the lack of funding and opportunity for medical treatment, as well as some of the international policies related to nuclear energy and management of disasters. People aren’t aware of the policy implications of things, but that’s such a foreign thing for most people.