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Serpukhov 15

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Inspired by true events once buried deep behind the iron curtain; during the early morning of September 26th 1983, 44-year-old Lt Colonel Stanislav Petrov had to decide whether or not to begin World War III. He had 18 minutes. In a deep concrete bunker outside Moscow, a place known as Serpukhov 15, Russia's Cold War era early warning missile defense system warned of multiple warheads inbound from the United States. Petrov helped design the system and as luck would have it, was on station that night filling for a sick fellow officer. Check by check, minute by minute, the system appeared to be functioning perfectly and the target signals were inching closer and closer to Soviet soil. The world had less than ten minutes to live. With three young officers under his command, and the Kremlin screaming at him to give the signal to retaliate, the decision to begin World War III was Petrov’s and his alone.

 

Written by Rob Travalino

with Brian B.R. Birch.

Producers: Rob Travalino and Chris Bongirne

Wings of the Phoenix

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"On the Wings of the Phoenix" follows the life and career of Chinese diplomat Dr Feng-Shan Ho; who at the start of the Second World War, single-handedly, saved thousands of Austrian Jews from the coming Holocaust. Why? Only history can tell but Feng, who was raised an orphan in a China that faced warlords, foreign powers, revolution and Japanese Imperials, had always longed for a home. At the very height of tensions in pre-World War 2 Europe, facing spies, suspicion and constant danger, Feng relied on his unique life experience and deep longing for a place in life, and risked everything to give the Jews of Vienna, what he himself had lost. A place to be safe, a place to call home.

Written by Rob Travalino

Producers: Chris Bongirne, Brad Krevoy and Rob Travalino.

Dead Drop

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Cryptography major Alex Carter is the master of his domain at Brown University where he aces all the tests and gets all the girls. Alex also always wins the school’s unauthorized game of “spy hunter”; a challenge of stealth, espionage and evasion. While trying to charm his latest “target” Maya, Alex stumbles across a Dead Drop; what spies use to pass secrets to their governments using items often hidden in plain sight. When deadly foreign governments zero in to collect the drop, Alex sensing his life in the balance, takes it. What follows is a college version of the Jason Bourne series whereby Alex, Maya and their circle of friends must play spy just long enough to stay alive.

Written by Rob Travalino

Mississippi. Money.

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In the decades since the shocking crime, many stories have been told and investigatons launched about the Emmett Till murder. There are books and papers, documentaries and articles, all exploring the facts of the case along with the 2005 investigation by the FBI. All of these efforts share common goals; to assign guilt and perhaps find some closure but closing this story like that, especially today, should be the last thing on our minds. To that end, "Mississippi. Money." takes a unique and deeper look at 1955 Mississippi and the death of Emmett Till, to find a subtle but clear and dangerous parallel to today; a frayed and bloody thread in the very fabric of our nation, one that runs all the way to today.

Written by Rob Travalino

 

Producers: Rob Travalino and Chris Bongirne