MEGAN S. SMITH
Director, Producer, Writer
Megan S. Smith has been involved in the arts since a young girl, growing up in Falls Church, Va. After earning a B.A. in biology at The Colorado College, she started down the obvious career path as a professional musician for a decade with sister Debi, teaming up in the recording studio with Doc and Merle Watson, Sam Bush and Mark O’Connor and landing a deal with Flying Fish/Rounder Records.
Returning to the left side of her brain (her father is a mechanical engineer and was fighter pilot in Korean War), Smith took a job as congressional liaison for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory while working on her master’s degree in biology with a specialization in environmental policy.
After five years Smith struck out on her own, heading up MSS Consultants, LLC, in Washington, D.C., where she lobbied Congress on biomass energy issues. She also directed the American/National Bioenergy Associations.
Smith began writing screenplays on the side, largely about a conspiracy she witnessed on Capitol Hill. But soon tragedy struck: Her husband — a senior Senate staffer for 36 years — was diagnosed with cancer and died within the year following radiation and only two rounds of chemotherapy.
To work through her grief Smith went back to the other half of her heart that was in the arts (her mother is an artist) and began painting large acrylics professionally. Following her cathartic tact, she slowly transitioned back into screenplays, writing a light-hearted animation based on environmental issues affecting the world’s ecosystem.
Living in an endemic Lyme disease area, Smith was stricken by the spirochete but told by her Alexandria doctor that “Lyme doesn’t exist in Virginia.” She soon went into chronic Lyme. Eighteen months later, a Johns Hopkins Hospital specialist claimed her as incurable — and so her investigation of Lyme disease began.
The Washington Post hired Smith to write an article on the inaccuracy of Lyme testing. Concurrently, she wrote a three-part series on Lyme for the Rappahannock News — and was the first to undercover underreporting of Lyme by doctors to State health agencies across the U.S.
The following year, there was a dramatic increase in reported Lyme disease incidence, which has been rising exponentially ever since.
Then, Smith found others who had cured themselves of Lyme using alternative therapies and was soon on her way to healing.
Now convinced that alternative medicine may have cured or at least extended time with her husband, Smith pondered how she could help others avoid conventional medicine under circumstances when the quality of life would be drastically diminished.
It was after she ran into a documentary filmmaker that she realized her next calling in life: spreading the word of alternative medical therapies via the silver screen.
Smith started up WayMark Productions, LLC, teaming up with videographer John M. Kirchner. They now travel the U.S. and abroad filming WayMark’s first documentary on alternative cancer therapies: “A New Standard of Care.”
JOHN MICHAEL KIRCHNER
Director of Photography
John Kirchner is a professional artist and photographer with over thirty years experience.
Kirchner studied at Pratt Institute, The Architectural Association, The Uninversity of Copehagen and The University of Lusanne.
His work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and is in the collection of the The United States Department of State, The Federal Reserve Board, The District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Commission, JP Morgan Bank, Mr. Peter Lynch and Mr. George Stephanopolous.
Please see: johnkirchner.com
Jim Robeson has won 2 Grammy® Awards, worked on 11 Grammy®-nominated projects, was nominated for a Grammy® for Best Engineered Album, is a 4-time winner of Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) Engineer of the Year, and a 2-time winner of WAMA Producer of the Year. Robeson has directed, shot, edited, and produced over 300 videos.
After receiving a bachelor’s in journalism at Washington, D.C.’s American University, Piantadosi worked at The Washington Post for almost 30 years, including as a reporter and travel editor/writer, spending his last eight years on web and digital projects. He and his wife moved out to the rural Blue Ridge foothills adjacent to Shenandoah National Park in 1999. It was there in Rappahannock County that he spent the last six years as editor and chief reporter at the local paper.
Aside from his work with WayMark Productions as Consulting Editor, he is also a lifelong composer and keyboardist and is involved with several ongoing music and video productions; he is also Web and Social Media Consultant for Synergist Media Services.