Thanks to a strong partnership with Participant Media, Director Matthew Heineman, and #FirstRespondersFirst, the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation is proud to serve as a beneficiary of THE FIRST WAVE – a raw and emotional documentary that shares the realities faced by healthcare workers during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film – now streaming on Hulu – is already making great strides in educating viewers on matters closest to our hearts and is an incredible testament to the nurses, doctors, and other caregivers who have answered the call of their communities and this country.



“THIS DISCUSSION GUIDE is designed to help you use THE FIRST WAVE as a catalyst for building community and sparking conversation about the future of our healthcare workforce and the mental health and wellbeing of clinicians. You will find resources on leading and participating in a discussion after viewing THE FIRST WAVE.” Learn more below about the The First Wave Discussion Guide that our Foundation helped to develop to facilitate deepened understanding and healing for health workers and all who view this engrossing film.

President and Co-Founder, Corey Feist, along with Foundation Board Member Deborah Marcus, attend a FIRST WAVE premiere event in Manhattan, New York.

With exclusive access inside one of New York’s hardest hit hospital systems during the terrifying first four months of the pandemic, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s THE FIRST WAVE spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered. Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of our daily lives and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. Employing his signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, Heineman embeds with a group of doctors, nurses and patients on the frontlines as they all desperately try to navigate the crisis. With each distinct storyline serving as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic, THE FIRST WAVE is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.