The "Life After You" team was confronted with the challenge of not only adapting someone else’s work, but also representing the worst days of her and her family's life in a way that was impactful and emotionally true. The shooting of the film was a massive undertaking; with 25 locations (including a funeral home, a courthouse, a hospital, a high school, a death scene, and an exterior night shot with an ambulance, three police cars, a coroner’s van, and dozens of extras), it was one of the most intense, yet rewarding experiences of our lives.
Virtually everyone in the U.S. has been directly or indirectly touched by addiction. Telling the Lajterman’s story was just the starting point. Now our goal is to engage and educate young people and their parents, while sparking a much-needed dialogue among officials who are in a position to make a difference: educators, drug counselors, physicians, law enforcement and elected officials on the local, state and national level.
Sarah T. Schwab
Director | Co-Writer | Producer
Sarah T. Schwab is currently in post-production on her third feature film, "Crybaby Bridge," which she co-wrote and directed. The film stars two-time Emmy-nominated actress Sydney Mikayla and Erik King. Sarah's second feature, "A Stage of Twilight," received critical acclaim and premiered at the Woods Hole Film Festival. It featured performances by Karen Allen and William Sadler, who won Best Performance in a Feature Film. Sarah herself was honored with the Best Emerging Director award. "A Stage of Twilight" also received recognition at other festivals, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Mystic Film Festival, and Sonoma International Film Festival. In 2020, Sarah completed her feature film "Life After You," which she co-wrote and directed. The movie stars Gary Perez, Florencia Lozano, and Kathryn Erbe and has garnered multiple accolades at various film festivals, including the Madrid International Film Festival, Nice International Film Festival, and WorldFest-Houston. It is now available for streaming on major cable and VOD platforms. Sarah is a member of the playwright/directors unit at the Actors Studio in New York City.
"Linda" | Co-Writer | Producer
Florencia is known for her role as “Tea Delgado” on ABC’s "One Life To Live.” Her play, “underneathmybed” was produced at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, directed by Pedro Pascal. It won HOLA’s (Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors) Best New Play Award in 2010. Other TV and film credits include: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Ugly Betty,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Perfect Stranger.” She can be seen in “Narcos” on Netflix.
Charlene, Editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club. She was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in the New York Times. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, has been a keynote speaker at many events, and has appeared on the Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR. Her podcast, WAT- CAST, where she interviews men and women making news, is available on iTunes.
Brian Long is an award-winning film producer and an Obie-winning theater producer. His films include, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”, “Life After You”, "A Stage of Twilight," and the recently shot feature, “Crybaby Bridge,” which is currently in post-production. “A Stage of Twilight” has screened at film festivals all across North-America and premiered at Woods Hole Film Festival. The film stars Karen Allen ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") and William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"). Brian served as Managing Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in New York City for nine years where he produced over 40 World Premieres by artists such as Annie Baker, Jesse Eisenberg, Adam Rapp, Craig Lucas, Jose Rivera, Heidi Schreck and Jonathan Tolins.
John Beamer is an actor and filmmaker. As a producer on "Life After You," he is hopeful that all the effort of this great team can make a positive difference in the world, through this beautiful work. John would like to express that to be involved in this film was to better understand the importance of its subject matter; and the richness and humanity of its story. And that to tell a story of enormous loss is to tell a story of the great love. He considers it a privilege to honor that fact by working on this film.