Displaced Yankee Productions | About
Displaced Yankee Productions was founded by Executive Producer/Director Heather E Connell.
Connell was born and raised in Massachusetts where she studied screenwriting and theatre arts at Salem State College. In 2001, she relocated to Los Angeles and founded Displaced Yankee Productions, as a platform for raising social awareness and activism through entertainment. After making two short films, Choosing Your Course (2002) and Black and White (2004), Heather produced and directed her first feature, the Award Winning documentary Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children.
In Small Voices, the struggles of the street
and garbage dump children of Cambodia are examined through the personal stories of five children and their journey toward education. As a result of her travels during the production of Small Voices, Heather decided to build a non-profit medical outreach program for disabled children in Cambodia called "Safe Haven". Heather and the other prominent philanthropists and medical professionals are seeking
more funding for the outreach program.
In 2002 during a visit to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, Connell first became aware of the use of the classification chart. After seeing the various different symbols used to classify prisoners, she realized she had no idea who these other persecuted groups were or why they were targeted.
Five million murdered. From a historical and educational perspective, she wanted to bring their voices to life before there were no longer any survivors left to share their stories. From this moment, the documentary Forget Us Not was born.
Narrated by Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman, The documentary was released
on the festival circuit in August 2013 and has won eight awards to date including Feature Documentary and Editing Awards Of Merit from Accolade Film Competition, Helping Hand International Humanitarian Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Best of Festival at Vancouver's Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Mark Of Distinction Film at the New York Independent Film Festival and Best Narration and World Peace Impact Award from the Artisan World Peace Hamptons Film Festival and Feature Documentary Audience Award at the First Glance International Film Festival Los Angeles.