“All My Children” Cast Member, J. R. Martinez, Featured in “Trial by Fire: Lives Re-forged”

Wilton, CT, April 18, 2011 --(PR.com)-- J.R. Martinez, (“Brot Monroe”), is a featured subject in "Trial By Fire: Lives Re-forged," a new, feature-length documentary on burn survivors produced by Connecticut-based, Pyewackitt Productions.

The film, set for release in Sept. 2011, tells the dramatic and inspirational stories of people who survive horrific fires and re-forge their lives in unique and meaningful ways. “J.R. was a natural to be featured in Trial by Fire,” says producer/director, Megan Smith-Harris, “he delivers a positive message in a charismatic and powerful manner.”

Martinez was badly injured while serving in Iraq, when his fully fueled Humvee drove over a roadside bomb and exploded. Trapped in the burning vehicle for close to five minutes, Martinez sustained catastrophic burns to more than 40 percent of his body. After being hospitalized for 34 months and enduring some 30 surgeries, J.R. recovered and was cast as war veteran “Brot Monroe,” in “All My Children.”

“I’m really proud of my role on All My Children,” says Martinez, “I’m not portraying a serial killer, I’m no portraying a bad guy, I’m portraying a soldier, a burn survivor, faced with man obstacles integrating back into civilian life.”

In addition to his success breaking barriers and stereotypes as an actor on “All My Children,” Martinez also dedicates time to the Phoenix Society, a national association for burn survivors, and tours the country as a successful motivational speaker. A clip featuring Martinez can be viewed at www.trialbyfiredoc.com

“Trial by Fire: Lives Re-forged” is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) production. For more information, please contact Megan Smith-Harris.

Pyewackitt Productions
Megan Smith-Harris
203-423-9044 (cell)