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Thursday, August 23 2018 08:21

FBI, Secret Service and ATF Agents Contribute to New Film Series, "Safe Spaces: Schools"

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It's a sad thing that we now have to provide teachers with instructional tools on how to react to events that were at one time unthinkable. But here we are, and Brave Dream Media, LLC, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) have announced the start of production a new educational video series Safe Spaces: Schools. The short film series will be used to educate and train teachers across the country on how to react in situations involving bomb threats, active shooters, kidnappings, hostages and tornadoes. Scripts and procedures used have been crafted by former FBI, Secret Service and ATF agents, utilizing advanced and accurate training techniques deemed most effective by law-enforcement agencies.

Safe Spaces: Schools will begin its three-week shoot in the Tulsa area on Thursday, August 30. The film’s production company, SafeSpaces 365, has plans to potentially continue the series in Oklahoma with new segments to be filmed in 2019 based on the availability of the state’s rebate program.

“Our goal is to make schools safe. That happens by providing teachers with the proper training and tools they need to know how to react in the case of an emergency” said Sebastian Lucido, President of SafeSpaces 365. “Our Michigan-based company knows we need effective short films to train teachers, and while in production in Oklahoma, we’ve been impressed with the state’s local industry and production crews. Not only are the filmmakers talented, but the people of the state of Oklahoma are fantastic to work with. The rebate program allows us to put more money where it really counts - in the classroom, with teachers protecting students.” 

Recent data shows that U.S. schools receive up to 50 violent threats a day. Our daughters have both experienced lockdowns, one of which was an "active shooter" situation that my wife and I happened to be present for. That one famously wasn't exactly what it seemed to be.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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