Savage & Salvage was started by documentary filmmaker Jennilyn Merten, whose projects have been broadcast on the BBC, OWN, Sundance Selects, HBO/VICE. After six years of PhD work at the U of U, Merten left for New York to finish her first film “Sons of Perdition”. That same summer she was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease and began taking a series of medications that came with some odd side effects: insomnia, OCD, ADD and a surge in creativity.
To channel these sometimes “savage” side effects and to “salvage” the loss into something new, Merten figure it was time to go public. Savage and Salvage was born and is dedicated to seeing the world differently, to the possibility of transforming the lost, the bent, the discarded, the missing and misshapen, into something extraordinary. After all. perfection rarely offers the best stories or the greatest beauty.
All profits will be used to create documentary media about Parkinson’s Disease and to build a non-profit dedicated to helping artists with chronic diseases support themselves and participate in their communities.