The Great Ache - Brooke Dooley and Erahm Christopher


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Our Favorite Quotes from Brooke Dooley and Erahm Christopher


Everyone seems to be in pain, and no one is listening. How do we heal?

~The Great Ache


Listen: To pay attention to. When you truly begin to listen, you begin to discover that everyone lives a life of pain. ~Erahm


The process of working on these project is so rewarding. It's very therapeutic for myself. There is therapy in the process...if you let it be. ~Brooke


It helped me get in touch with my emotional side [and] what pain I have in my life. With different types of trauma we can detach ourselves and go into autopilot. We want people think about how the pain in their lives can be coped with. You don't have to disassociate from it but you also don't have to let it take over. ~Erahm


A very traumatic incident in my life prompted me to explore the concepts in this work. It's interesting that it brought me back to pain. ~Eraham


Everybody has their own definition of the word pain. Most people go to the physical definition of pain and only some go to the concept of emotional pain. The Great Ache is a universal ache that we all experience. Your pain might be associated with loss, my pain might be associated with a relationship, but this Great Ache is something we all deal with. We are not alone in dealing with pain. ~Eraham


I found I was able to look at my emotional pain when my physical pain became unbearable. ~Erik


People are afraid of the pain. ~Eraham


We both realized the importance of creating content that provokes people to see a different perspective of themselves and of others, so they may have an ah-ha moment that will shift how they see themselves, and how they see others. ~Eraham


We are trying to provoke your ability to see the good inside of themselves. ~Eraham


I think the worst pain in any relationship of mine is when I don't feel heard. ~Erik


When you give someone the opportunity to be heard, it's amazing what will change. ~Erahm


Trauma is what happens when you have a difficult experience in your life without an having an empathetic witness. ~Lyn quoting Benjamin Hardy


I grew up in an era where you needed to be strong and face the bullies with strength, no tears. It was a man-culture thing. I think this can be extremely unhealthy because you stuff these things and they go underground and they manifest in other ways constantly under your skin like an infection. ~Erik


In 2020, not being okay become okay. I hope we can hold onto this lesson and remember that we are still human. ~Lyn


It's so complex. Pain, vulnerability, trauma, mental illnesses, what does it mean to be masculine and feminine is so complex. The more that we talk about these words and not be afraid of sharing how we feel is a key thing. ~Brooke


I used to be afraid of sharing what I feel because I didn't want my feelings to bother someone else. It's such a twisted way to think. Everyone should have the freedom to be able to share how they feel and not feel like they will be hurt, judged, attacked, or put in a box...and then have someone on the other end to listen. ~Brooke


It's very curious when we pay attention to our bodies and our triggers. This is an important doorway to help us be aware of how we are feeling. ~Brooke



Mentioned in this Episode

  • Erahm Christopher - Co-producer of The Great Ache

  • Brooke Dooley - Co-producer of The Great Ache

  • Listen: A feature film

  • The Great Ache

  • GoodInstinct.com - Join their newsletter to stay up to date with future releases

  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bressel Van Der Kolk, M.D.


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About Brooke Dooley

A Northern California native and graduate of San Francisco State, Brooke Dooley has produced over 100 productions since 2009, including commercials, feature films, short films, music videos and photo shoots. She spent part of that time as Head of Development for a large production company in Santa Monica where she worked with writers and directors to package film and TV projects for major brand sponsorship and mainstream distribution. In 2013, she founded KNOX AVENUE, a creative firm with a roster of fresh creative talent. Past clientele includes Google, U.S. Navy, Hewlett Packard, Samsung and The Salvation Army, among numerous others. Her work has been seen by millions on the web and broadcast television. Her narrative feature film LISTEN illustrates the essential role we play in the lives of others and in the fabric of our communities, providing a haunting look at how failed systems and careless parenting creates a dangerous ripple effect. LISTEN has screened to over 25,000 people in North America. In 2016, she co-founded GOODINSTINCT, with award-winning filmmaker Erahm Christopher, to produce content that shifts perspective and improves behavior. She continues to attach herself to projects that stimulate a visceral chord with audiences. Her business philosophy is to observe, absorb and implement. She loves to travel and has adventured to Japan, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, France and Pakistan. She is a Volunteer City Leader for SIDEWALK TALK, which offers free listening on the streets of Los Angeles to anyone who wants to talk, tell their story and be heard. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Author


About Erahm Christopher

Erahm Machado was born into a farming family in Northern California. The first to step away from the dirt, he developed his deep work ethic in the fields and his passion for the arts on the stage. After completing a B.A. in Theatre on an acting scholarship at Santa Clara University, his young adult life irrevocably changed when his older brother Christopher was killed in a tractor accident. Broken by this loss, Erahm changed his professional last name to Christopher to honor his brother and carry his spirit forward in his work. Following this tragedy, Erahm moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and served as a part-time location supervisor for commercials, television and feature films. After only a short time acting he accepted a job at CBS where he worked in the Business Affairs department on pilots, specials and series shows such as Survivor and Judging Amy. He was soon recruited to manage vFive, a boutique design firm in San Francisco, where he produced print, web, motion, video, and branding projects for clients including Epson, Billabong, and Oxygen. In three years time his work won design awards, was published in the book, Simple Designs, and the global consulting firm Icon Media Lab acquired the firm he helped develop. In early 2000, Erahm transitioned his focus to film when he attended the prestigious Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Canada where he graduated with honors and a specialization in directing. Upon his graduation, he launched the educational program Teen Truth through Horizon Intertainment, LLC, a company he co-founded. In the five years following film school Erahm produced and directed three award winning Teen Truth films, an operatic film for Bravo!, co-authored and published the book, Teen Truth: Why Youth Have Something to Hide, and conceptualized a live experience that has reached nearly 2 million people worldwide. Over six million people have seen his critically acclaimed Teen Truth series and he has traveled the globe speaking to 500,000 people in schools, government agencies and corporations. After seven years of working with youth, Erahm wrote and directed his feature debut, Listen, a raw drama inspired by his work.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sarah McGowan




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