FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Documentary Feature “Invisible Scars” Begins Production in San Diego on Sunday January 22, 2012
“Invisible Scars” is based on the life of Johnna Janis (A PAVE Ambassador), a survivor of child sexual abuse. Award winning filmmaker Sergio Myers and his 7Ponies Productions, signed on to direct and co-produce.
SAN DIEGO, CA – January 21, 2012 – This is a woman’s story of hope, healing, and resiliency. During this inspirational journey, she reveals the invisible scars that have negatively impacted her throughout her life. Like many other women and men, she was sexually abused by people she trusted. On the outside she is a mother, daughter, wife, and friend who appears strong and confident. She is a full time student who spends most of her free time competing in triathlon competitions, and trains for hours, days, weeks and months to prove to herself she is as good as the rest of her competitors. However, on the inside she has struggled with acknowledging and accepting the ugly and shameful truths of her past that have haunted her for most of her life.
In August of 2010, Johnna’s strong exterior was crushed by a car accident that left her permanently damaged and unable to compete as a triathlete. In order to heal herself physically she also needed to come to terms with healing herself emotionally. In this story we witness her journey of self-discovery through therapy, meeting other survivors, as an ambassador of PAVE, as a wife and mother, and as a self-proclaimed athlete.
“I am beating the odds, and changing the statistics. I know who I am now, and I love that person. I felt that now was the time to come forward and tell my story.” -Johnna Janis
“This is a very difficult topic to discuss and Johnna is extremely brave for publicly sharing her story. I am honored to be a part of it.” Sergio Myers, director and co-producer of “Invisible Scars”, likes to explore diverse topics. He is best known for his award-winning feature documentary on the Heaven’s Gate suicide cult and his hit reality TV series MTV’s Sorority Life.
In recent years Sergio Myers has directed-produced a variety of projects with various subject matter: “L.A. Love Story Part 1” and “L.A. Love Story Part 2” (two short dramas loosely based on real events in his own life); “Jordon Saffron Taste This” (a whimsical mockumentary about a chef who loses his taste buds); most recently “The Zombinator” starring Patrick Kilpatrick and Joseph Aviel (an indie Zombie feature filmed in only four and a half days); and feature documentary “Blog Me Fashion: FrockOn” (based on a group of women who started the indie fashion website frockon.com).
Johnna Janis will be co-producing this film with award winning director and producer Sergio Myers.