Journalist Jens Erik Gould Presents "Bravery Tapes" Online Series to Highlight Individual Portraits of Human Courage
September 10, 2013 --
Los Angeles (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
As a journalist, Jens Erik Gould has covered some of the worlds most harrowing social, political and economic issues and their impact on ordinary human beings. As a singer songwriter, Gould uses music to share stories and generate social change. His latest project, "Bravery Tapes," is a web series that brings online video audiences up close and personal glimpses at the surprising courage and extraordinary perseverance of so-called ordinary individuals in the face of adversity.
This week, Gould releases "Bravery Tapes" episode #4 titled, "Harriet" a five-minute documentary he hosts about a homeless singer-songwriter on the Venice Beach boardwalk with whom Gould had collaborated on an original song after hearing her sing in area clubs. Scheduled to meet with her one morning in June for an interview, Gould found Harriet Kilgore on the ground, unable to move after being attacked as she slept on the street the night before, her hip crushed by repeated kicks delivered by her assailant. The episode features some new elements viewers didn't see in the first threeincluding Goulds presence in the film as host and narrator,
With each episode of "Bravery Tapes", Gould takes viewers on an emotional tour of the human struggle, venturing to places of unimaginable violence, disease or social paralysis to document the surprising and inspiring courage of people who manage to face down terror, find focus in uncertainty and regain power over their lives. In doing so, he aims to inspire viewers to find courage in their own pursuits.
"Bravery Tapes" episode #1"Guns Down" begins with a scene in which Mexican Kindergarten students lie prone on a classroom floor, hands covering their heads as they have been taught by school officials, while gunmen kill five men outside their classroom window. The teacher does her best to calm and distract the terrified students by getting them all to sing a song from the "Barney" television series. With an original soundtrack he composed as a backdrop, Gould leads the audience through the unthinkable danger spun from Mexicos drug violence, which has become a routine part of life in cities like Monterrey where this episode was filmed. The episode goes on to showcase Mexican youth publicly renouncing violence at great risk to their own safety.
Gould devotes episode #2 titled, "Sandi Le" to the stigma of HIV among the Garifuna people of Honduras. The episode features a song co-written with legendary Honduran recording artist Aurelio Martinez and was published on TIME Magazines website. Episode #3 "Eric and Juan", featured on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times in June, portrays the doubly challenging lives of gay couples living under the shadow of pending immigration reform and the now-passed Supreme Court ruling on DOMA.
Inspired by the remarkable people he met while covering stories as a reporter, Gould says the "Bravery Tapes" series evolved organically from their experiences.
"Ive always felt inspired when my reporting crosses paths with people who are brave and exceptional," he says. "In particular, there were several people I profiled years ago in Venezuela and Colombia that really made a mark on me. I decided that rather than keep it happenstance, I wanted to deliberately seek out these kinds of stories.
"Acts of bravery and courage occur all around us in our daily liveson our streets, in our office buildings, in our homes," Gould says. "Many times we dont even know theyre happening, but when we do they give us goose bumps. These stories need to be told because they inspire us to be better in our own lives."
In the upcoming episode #4, "Harriet", Gould documents the former drug addicts return to her music, her dog and her life as a musician in Venice Beach after a month-long hospitalization and ongoing recovery. The full version of the song "Trials," written by Kilgore and Gould and performed in this episode, is available at jenserik.bandcamp.com.
For more information, visit the "Bravery Tapes" website, email jensgould(at)gmail(dot)com, or call (310) 562.1701.
About Jens Erik Gould:
Jens Erik Gould is a print, radio and TV journalist who has reported from more than a dozen countries on immigration, education, the drug trade, crime, the economy, politics, energy, entertainment and sports. He is also a singer-songwriter who has released three albums and has performed in multiple countries.
As a reporter, Gould currently covers Southern California for "Time" Magazine and France 24 Television, as well as writing on Latino issues for "PoderHispanic" Magazine.
For three years Gould was a political and economy correspondent for Bloomberg News, covering the economy, politics and the drug war. Previously, he spent three years based in Venezuela where he covered Hugo Chavez for "The New York Times" and National Public Radio. Gould received a Pulitzer Center grant for reporting in 2013 and a Fulbright scholarship in 2002.
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