New York, NY (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
Are your kids values in jeopardy?
Secrets revealed in this MOM-umentary:
Midwest values go underground (literally) in NYC. And, now this 1-hour MOM-umentary (documentary) has landed 3 national film festivals in NYC & LA. This summer “Subway Baby” created by Sheryl Matthys will be featured in the Manhattan Film Festival; is nominated for best documentary in the International TV Fest (ITVFest) in Los Angeles, and is in The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.
The idea for Subway Baby emerged as Sheryl and her husband were living in New York City with their 2 year old while she was 9 months pregnant with their 2nd child. Sheryl says, “So many people would say, ‘So when are you moving out of the city?’ as they wondered how I’d handle the tricky transportation, pushy crowds of millions all while braving the competition to get my son enrolled in preschool.”
One day after navigating the subway stairs with her baby in a stroller, (remember she’s 9 months pregnant) Sheryl stood on the train vying for a seat. Then a disheveled man who was standing as well blurted out, “Don’t any of you see this pregnant woman standing?” Sheryl says, “I thanked him for his concern.” But she adds, “No one did get up.” His reaction had such an impact on her – how he cared for someone he didn’t even know – that she thought, ‘What has happened to so many of the rest of us?’
Sheryl says, “I was immediately thrown back in time seated at my family’s dinner table hearing my Dad say as he did nearly every night, ‘Have some common sense’ while being instilled with the 3Cs of Life: Courtesy, Courage, and Common Sense.” While the backdrop of NYC and being 9 months pregnant provided a heightened setting, it’s a universal issue. Are we oblivious to others - so frenzied in the pursuit of success? If so, can even small actions really change the track of humanity and the legacy for our children? With an undercover camera throughout much of the movie, Sheryl would find out.
The documentary includes notable psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere who’s a popular expert guest on network talk shows; and Author & Educational Consultant Victoria Goldman - former contributor for The New York Times (she is available for interviews too). Dr. Gardere points out why we do what we do with 3 attributes. They are “DBP”: Diffusion of Responsibility, Bystander Effect, and Pluralistic Ignorance.
Subway Baby shows in The Manhattan Film Festival Sunday, June 24th in Times Square, Thurs. July 5th at ITV Fest in LA, and at The Art of Brooklyn in August. See SubwayBaby.com for times and locations. It’s also available on Amazon.com
About Sheryl Matthys:
Sheryl has served on both sides of the camera. She’s a commercial actress, TV/radio host, and former TV news reporter & adjunct professor at The University of Notre Dame, and other colleges. An earlier TV pilot of Sheryl’s called “Heads or Tails” on People, Pets, & Dating garnered a clip on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as showings in the NYTVF and LATV Festivals. Sheryl’s founder of the online dog lovers community, Leashes and Lovers and author of the best selling book, Leashes and Lovers: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Love, Life, and Happiness.
Sheryl (and possibly Dr. Gardere and Kai Connor, the Subway Baby) is available for media interviews all day Sunday, June 24th. Sheryl will also be at the Manhattan Film Festival showing at 358 W. 44th St. from 4:00 – 6:30 PM.