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
Sarah directed, produced and co-wrote the feature film, “Life After You,” in January 2020 staring Florencia Lozano, Gary Perez and Kathryn Erbe. Her 2018 short film, “’A’ My Name Is,” was awarded “Best WNY Short Film" at the Buffalo International Film Festival, “Best Lead Actress in a Short” at the Nice International Film Festival, and was nominated for “Best Director of a Short” at the Madrid International Film Festival. She is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at Actors Studio in New York City.
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.
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.
Brian is a film producer and an Obie-winning theater producer. His films include, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”, ”’A’ My Name Is,” “Life After You,” and the upcoming feature, “A Stage Of Twilight” (starring Karen Allen). 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.