Merj Hemp Director

Dr. Merjjena B. Hemp holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from New Mexico State University.

Her research interests include Crisis Communication and Global Community Engagement. In 2009, she conducted original mixed-method research on Improving Crisis Communication for her master’s thesis. She continued to explore the same topic for her doctoral research, exploring the multiple perspectives of Arab Muslim women in the post-9/11 era. She published her first book, Beyond the Shadow of 3000 Pairs of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival in July of 2014, two months after receiving her doctoral degree. The memoir describes her experiences growing up during the Martial Law in the Philippines under the Marcos Regime and her life in the United States. Currently, she is working on a global community engagement project, “Complicated Conversations Post-9/11 Project”. She engages different communities in hard conversations about how our lives in America and around the world, have significantly changed since 9/11.

Some of the conversations are posted www.merjhemp.com, at CCP911Project on Facebook, as well as other media channels. The CCP911 Project was launched on May 2, 2015, from 13,000 ft. at Skydive Flying V Ranch in Williamsburg, MO. She decided to continue jumping out of a plane and currently has a her Skydiving A License. Today, she uses skydiving, her expertise in community outreach, and interest in critical multimedia production to engage people and to bring communities together (e.g., storytelling, public forum, motivational public speaking, community mediation, community organizing, documentary filming, podcasting, and improving crisis communication workshops).

Her recent projects include Jump for the Vets held in Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico (2016), Florida (March 25, 2017 and Jan. 2019), Jump for Stars (Oct. 21, 2017), Battle of the Bay by Land Sea, and Air (February 9, 10, and 11, 2018), and “Let’s Talk, It’s Time America!” Podcast, now on iTunes and Google Play Music. The manuscript of her scholarly book, Beyond the Shadow of September: Complicated Conversations Post-9/11 is in preparation for submission, her documentary with the same title is currently in the post production phase and schedule to premiere in Florida in September 2019. Beyond the Shadow of September was filmed in Florida, NYC, Vianden (Luxembourg), Bovec (Slovenia), Paris, London, Munich, Istanbul, The Hague, Amsterdam, and Prague. The film explores the global implications of 9/11 from multiple perspectives as well as try to understand the reasons for the apathy and complacency of people and communities to engage in conversations about the most pressing issues in the post-9/11 era.

Nathan Ingram co-producer

He is an entrepreneur and Wall Street investor. He has traveled throughout Europe and Central America. Nathan is also a licensed skydiver.

Curt B EP

Curt has a love of skydiving and technology.  He has a B.S. in CIS.  He has spent his career working a variety of tech fields from credit cards, web design, and POS’s.

Special Thanks
We would like to thank all the people that helped us and made all this possible. Without them we would not be where we are and doing what we are doing. They are truly what makes all this possible.