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The Surge, At Mount Sinai

In the spring of 2020, New York City came under a siege the likes of which none of us had ever seen.

The world’s liveliest city went quiet. Thousands of New Yorkers perished due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC became the global epicenter of a deadly virus run amok... ...yet a new class of heroes emerged into the public consciousness: healthcare workers. The doctors and nurses of NYC who woke up every day and put their lives on the line to save ours.

THE SURGE AT MOUNT SINAI, an original documentary, produced by CONVICTS and MOUNT SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM, is a memoriam to those we lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and a celebration of the heroism of the frontline workers who took the weight of the world on their shoulders...unflinchingly.

Just ask Dr. Dennis S. Carney, Dean of the MOUNT SINAI’s Icahn School of Medicine. As he said of the dire spring of 2020...

“I would ask our doctors and nurses ‘how are you doing this?’ And they would say, ‘this is what I was trained to do. This is why I became a nurse. This is why I became a doctor’.”

Or Dr. Jonathan Stoever, an ICU fellow at MOUNT SINAI, who said of NYC’s iconic daily applause for its essential workers...

“People clap for us at seven o’clock because they want to support heroes. But in real life, you’re not a hero because you were born that way. Heroes are normal people who just step up to the occasion, and I think that’s what all of us have done.”

And that, in our eyes, is always the crux of heroism: when the ordinary rises to the extraordinary. The stories of the staff and patients at MOUNT SINAI are nothing if not extraordinary.

Consider the incredible story of “Miracle” Larry Kelly, who spent 128 days in the hospital suffering from COVID-19, entered and emerged from a severe coma. In the documentary, Larry explains that...

“I’m here talking because I’m fortunate that I somehow survived, but a lot of people didn’t. I am so thrilled that the caregivers with me did not give up. I had a lot of help. I didn’t do it alone. When they talk about “we’re all in this together.” You gotta believe that. You gotta believe that in your bones.”

These are the stories THE SURGE AT MOUNT SINAI tells. The stories of those who, truly, were on the frontlines in the epicenter of the greatest catastrophe our generation has known.

The urgent need to tell these stories galvanized a broad community of humans--from the NYC creative community to Billie Eilish and Bon Jovi--who graciously contributed their time and talents to the creation of this documentary.

Plus, CONVICTS and MOUNT SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM were fortunate to find an incredible distribution partner in the streamer, D+. We honestly can’t think of a collaborator better suited to share such an important story with global audiences.

Created using innovative film and production techniques, THE SURGE AT MOUNT SINAI gives viewers unprecedented access to the inside of the MOUNT Sinai Health System during its darkest hours.

So please, watch the trailer here, then head over to D+ to check out the full film.

Credit List:

Executive Producers:
Mark Dowley
David Feinberg
Peter Maiden
Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale
Producers:
Sarah Hawkins
Michelle Leung
Co-Producers:
Nicci Cheatham
Lucia Lee
Cinematography:
Rhys Carlill
Jonny Kapps
Nicolas Vajello
Editor:
Kane Platt
Original Score:
Hakan Eriksson
Sound Designer & Re-Recording Mixer:
Raphaël Ajuelos
Colorist:
Sofie Friis Borup
Directed by:
Jonny Kapps
MOUNT SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM PARTICIPANTS:
Monique Ellis
Deborah Goldstein
Dennis Charney, MD
Don R. Boyce, JD
Richard Friedman
Deborah Marin, MD
Miriam Merad, MD, PhD
Lynne D. Richardson, MD, PhD
Judith Aberg, MD
Mirna Mohanraj, MD
Rafael Miranda
Jessica Montanaro, MSN, RN
Mary Fowkes, MD, PhD
Carlos Cordon-Cardo MD, PhD
Damodara Rao Mendu, PhD, DABCC
David L. Reich, MD
Deep Patadia, MD
Mohammad Khansa, RN
David Van De Carr
André Cooper
Emmaline Geronimo Viray, RN
Melissa Nelson, RN
Jonathan Stoever, MD
Sanam Ahmed, MD
Matthew Y. Bai, MD
PATIENT PARTICIPANTS:
Gael Ganao
Anadino Flores
James Colon
Judy Brown
Larry Kelly
ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS:
Jon Bon Jovi (opening voiceover)
Savreen Gandi
Gian Gandi
Paul Montanaro
Dawn Kelly
Gloria Jimenez
Veronica Britez
Manny Miranda
Ashley Rivera
Layne Gabriel-Bloom
Betty Taco
Jackie Kelly
Mike Kelly
Jen-Marie Kelly
Francesca Montanaro
Linda Sgammato
Nick Sgammato
FIELD PRODUCERS:
Olivia Becker
Sarah Hawkins
Jonny Kapps
Michelle Leung
CAMERA OPERATORS:
Rhys Carlill
Carrie Cheek
Jonny Kapps
Michelle Leung
Nada Stjepanovic
Sharkey Weinberg
Eurica Yu
Nicolas Vajello
CAR-RIG CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Underhill Productions
CAR-RIG ASSISTANT CAMERA:
James J. Lamberg
GOPRO CAMERA OPERATOR:
Cathy Clarke
ASSISTANT CAMERA:
Eurica Yu
Logan Hursh
Nada Stjepanovic
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER:
Samantha Hillman
MEDIA MANAGER:
Logan Hursh
SOUND RECORDISTS:
Joseph Watson
Mike Kelly
Austin Costeira
GAFFER:
Max Slusky
PRODUCTION PROVIDED BY:
CONVICTS
CEO: Peter Maiden
COO: Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tom Law
ART DIRECTORS: Rhys Carlill, Sharkey Weinberg
COPY WRITER: Cameron Higgins
ACCOUNT MANAGERS: Barron Hanson, Dori Light
PRODUCTION & RESEARCH INTERN: Katherine Dowley
PRODUCTION MANAGERS:
Sarah Steinbach
Maria Sutherland
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS:
Barron Hanson
Michael Vassallo
Ricardo Carlota
HEALTH & SAFETY SUPERVISOR:
Kay Peat
HEALTH & SAFETY ADVISORY COMPANY:
Triumvirate
SECURITY:
Harry Baker
PRODUCTION RV RENTAL:
Innerspace
RV DRIVER:
Terry McManus
POST PRODUCTION PROVIDED BY:
Hooligan NYC
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR:
Anne Gordon
CLIENT SERVICES:
Charles Eldridge
MANAGING DIRECTOR:
Rosemary Quigley
ADDITIONAL EDITING:
Jonny Kapps
ASSISTANT EDITOR:
Ben Wellington
ARCHIVAL & STORY PRODUCER:
Jeanny Tsai
ASSOCIATE ARCHIVAL PRODUCER:
Bridget Deely
COLOR & FINISHING:
Company 3
FINISHING PRODUCER:
Dean Mozian
FINISHING EDITOR:
Nicholas Figueroa
IMAGE SCIENTIST:
Dr. John Quartel
TECHNOLOGIST:
Mike Chiado
COLOR ASSISTANT:
Emily Bailey
FINISHING EXECUTIVE:
Jim Gardner
HEAD OF PRODUCTION:
Margaret Lewis
CO3 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Stefan Sonnenfeld
MOTION GRAPHICS ARTISTS:
Maple Shipp
Daniel Maddoff
TITLE DESIGNERS:
Rhys Carlill
Maple Shipp
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR:
Camille Thomas
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR:
Romain Sturma

Mount Sinai Health System

CASTING:
Media and Public Affairs Department
STATISTICS:
Robert Share
Doran Ricks
Joshua Singer
Snehalatha Donthireddy
SECURITY TEAMS:
Mount Sinai Morningside
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Queens
SPECIAL THANKS:
Audrey Madison
Mount Sinai Morningside,
Catherine Hand
Cathy Clarke
Kathy Rubenstei
FINANCE:
Shirley Alban
Yajaira Estevez
Rosaria Fodera
LEGAL:
Nina Brodsky
Beth Essig
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS:
Emma Palmer

MUSIC - IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

“The Universe Wakes Up”

Performed by The Comet Is Coming

Courtesy of Verve Records under license

from Universal Music Enterprises

"Way It Was"

Performed by Vesa Beats

Courtesy of Crooked Letter Films

“when the party's over”

Performed by Billie Eilish

Courtesy of Darkroom/Interscope Records

under license from Universal Music Enterprises

"Manhattan"

Written by Chan Marshall & performed by Cat Power

Published by Mattitude Music/Beggars Music

Courtesy of Matador Records

All other tracks are original composition by Hakan Eriksson.

SPECIAL THANKS
Mount Sinai Health System
The New Jewish Home
GoPro
Interscope Records
Universal Music Records
Company 3
Richard Friedman
Additional & Archival footage provided by:
Adam Kenworthy
NY State Governor's Office
Getty
BBC
Mount Sinai Health System
Cathy Clarke
Ronald Gordon
Minami Tokuyama - Dr. Saurabh Mehandru Lab
Research provided by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mount Sinai Health System
MTA New York City Transit
NYC Department of Health
NYC Mayor's Office
NY State Governor's Office
NY State Department of Health
NY State Department of Labor
United States Census Bureau
World Health Organization

The Surge, At Mount Sinai