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LAist Interview: Director/Producer of 'Another Day In Paradise' Deborah Dickson

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In April and May, LAist's TV Junkie highlighted an amazing PBS documentary series called "Carrier", about life on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its six-month mission to the Persian Gulf in 2005. The ten episodes gave a seawater and rivets-eye-view of what life is like for the sailors and Marines on the nuclear boat. With an average age of 20 years and a few months, the servicemen and women of the Nimitz gave the producers access to the way they worked, recuperated, and dealt with the pain of being away from their families.

If you missed the series completely, or if you got to watch at least some of "Carrier", there is a new opportunity to get another take of life on the Nimitz with the broadcast premiere of "Another Day In Paradise", tonight at 8:30pm on PBS/KCET. "Another Day In Paradise" is a 90-minute feature film style documentary composed of footage shot during the same 6 month mission in 2005 that "Carrier" was shot in, but the film is composed very differently than the series. There's a necessary beginning, middle, and end to "Another Day In Paradise" because of its format and even though the "characters" are the same, the focus is narrowed to primarily 3 protagonists and their storylines are much more cohesive since the experience isn't broken up over 10 episodes.

LAist interviewed producer and director of "Another Day In Paradise", Deborah Dickson, a 3-time Oscar-nominated producer: