NYWIFT Member Screening Series:
Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged

Join us this month for a screening of Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged!

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. The screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.

NYWIFT member Megan Smith-Harris produced and directed this month’s featured film and will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening.


It’s just an ordinary day… until it isn’t. A distraught mother jumps through a window to save her son engulfed in flames. A chemistry class explosion at an elite boarding school derails the life of one of its star students. A soldier is ravaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq. A loving family says ‘sweet dreams’ Sunday night unaware their home will be reduced to ashes before dawn. All face the cruel onslaught of fire and survive.

With heart and grace, Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged celebrates the courage and strength of burn survivors as they reclaim their lives after the devastation of fire. The film follows the journeys of ordinary people who rise above their injuries to discover unexpected insights and a transformed worldview. Through extraordinary courage, grit, and determination, all re-forge their destinies by first embracing – and then achieving – new dreams. These powerful stories are framed and given insight by veteran, actor and speaker, J.R. Martinez.

Megan Smith-Harris is the president and co-owner of Pyewackitt Productions and has had a career spanning documentary, television, film, theater and radio. Smith-Harris conceived of Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged, after reading a magazine article on burn survivors in an airport lounge. She recently executive produced and directed Surrogate Stories, a two-hour documentary special about surrogate mothers and their intended parents for the Women’s Entertainment Network. Previous documentary projects for WEtv include Child Brides and Polygamy, both for the anthology series, Secret Lives of Women. Smith-Harris launched her career in Toronto as an actress with The Second City touring company and then went on to co-write and produce Mad in Canada, a comedy revue, which ran for over a year in Toronto and Montreal. She  was a Producer Resident at the Canadian Film Centre and a participating director in the inaugural year of Women in the Director’s Chair. Trial By Fire: Lives Re-Forged is her first independent feature documentary.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts