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PRLog (Press Release) – Jun. 5, 2013 – Portland, Ore. — It was by chance that Capt. William Simpson, one of the stars of the National Geographic hit series Doomsday Preppers, met Rob Underhill, a producer, director, and writer who has exploded onto the movie scene with two successful feature films: The Carrington Event and Dar HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till. He has also recently completed filming Box Brown, the incredible story of Henry “Box” Brown, an American slave that mailed himself to freedom in 1849
Both Underhill and Simpson were recently featured in back to back stories by the Inquistr magazine, which led Simpson to Underhill given their common interests in solar events, such as the Carrington event of 1859.
In addition to completing his book ‘The Nautical Prepper’ (Ulysses Press), which is expected to hit booksellers this August (2013), Simpson has been working on another book titled ‘Bunker Diaries’.
‘Bunker Diaries’ is a gripping post-apocalyptic dramatic fiction dealing with the struggles of a family who’s sanity is tested as they are forced to take shelter and survive in their underground bunker as Zombies overtake their neighborhood after a nuclear attack on the U.S.
In addition to this project, Simpson has been working on an idea for a reality TV show based upon the real-world problems of the peoples in the island nation of Kiribati. Set in the middle the most picturesque tropical islands, a daily struggle (‘war’) is waged against death itself as teams of NGOs brave the elements and logistical nightmares trying to save the lives of the indigenous peoples of these islands as death haunts even the children.
Convinced of the value of these projects, Underhill joined Simpson and the team is moving forward on both projects, which are in the pre-production phases at this time. Underhill and Simpson first announced their plans on a recent American Preppers Network radio show:
“We are currently seeking and talking with potential financial partners for these two exciting projects. In addition to funding, we are also seeking sponsors for the equipment that will be used for the two shows; such as a bunker and other equipment for use with ‘Bunker Diaries’; and solar panels, water purification systems, desalination plants, communications and other infrastructure for ‘Missionary Wars’, equipment that is desperately needed on these primitive and remote islands and which will be used on-air. Our target markets for the two pilot shows are networks such as; National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, A&E Television Network and Turner Network Television (TNT).” – said Capt. Simpson.
“I was thrilled to meet Bill, a skilled writer, weaving compelling dramatic stories in similar lines to my TV series project, The Carrington Event. Bunker Diaries will be a nail biter and a powerful vehicle for public awareness. Folks just don’t know how fragile our technologically driven civilization is! And Missionary Wars is akin to my work directing DAR HE: both seek not only to expose social problems, but also to do something about them, while teaching through the power of entertainment.” – said Underhill
Rob Underhill has over ten years production experience: directing, producing, writing, editing for film, television, and commercial media. Underhill has been featured on NPR shows, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio and THE STORY with Dick Gordon, and Rob’s work is subject in newspapers, radio, TV-news and more across the US. His films have screened at over 100 film festivals across the globe, and he’s received over 50 awards including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay. In 2013, Carolina STYLE Magazine selected Rob as one of 25 Most Stylish People Influencing positive change in the Carolinas.
Rob began with building theatre productions from the ground up beginning in 1998. In 2004 he incorporated WAKE DRAMA, his non-profit production house. He has a BA in English from NC State University. Born and raised in Williamston, MI, he is now based in Raleigh, NC.
Some of Underhill’s recent work as director/producer/
About Capt. Simpson
Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, who has successfully survived long-term off the grid at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family using sailboats that he equipped for that purpose. Born in Los Angeles during the 1950’s Cold War Era, Capt. Simpson was influenced at an early age by the prospects of nuclear war. Growing up and through his early adulthood, he was tutored and trained by his father (U.S. Army 82nd Airborne [Europe WW2] & L.A.P.D.), who was highly experienced in warfare and survival. ‘Capt. Bill’ has an Associate of Science Degree in Flight Technology and also holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain’s license for commercial inspected passenger vessels, including, power, sail and assistance towing vessels. In 1987 Capt. Simpson received a commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. In 2010, Capt. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue of an American sailor lost over-board in the Sea of Cortez in a storm. Capt. Simpson is also the author of the book ‘The Nautical Prepper’ (Ulysses Press), which is set for release Aug. 2013. Capt. Simpson is an avid inventor and in addition to his wide array of industrial arts skills, he is an instrument-rated commercial airplane and helicopter pilot and PADI certified DiveMaster. More about Capt. Simpson at: www.WilliameSimpson.com
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