NEW YORK—AVN Hall of Famer and mainstream film producer Brittany Andrews has issued an announcement letting her fans know that she returned home safely Tuesday after being caught in the devastating earthquake in Japan this past weekend. Andrews, who was visiting family on the island nation, was in the planning stages of flying back home to New York City when the quake and ensuing tsunami struck.
As reported by AVN by way of email, Facebook posts and Tweets updated by Andrews as frequently as she was able, the star was stuck in her Tokyo hotel on the 48th floor while the floors below her caught fire. After two hours of being trapped in a stairwell with other hotel guests, Andrews made it to safety only to be stranded as several major aftershocks and threat of tsunamis outside prevented her from leaving the hotel.
Andrews finally made it out of her hotel and to the Narita airport after two days and a seven hour taxi ride through the stricken city, only to be stranded at the airport with thousands of others. As the ongoing threat of aftershocks and explosions at nuclear power plants loomed over her and the other travelers, they waited for the first chance to board the flights out of the country. Rather than waste the time, Andrews said she set up camp on the airport floor and began filming interviews with others stranded around her.
Finally back in New York, Andrews said she has decided to put her two years of film school to good use by compiling the footage she shot during the tragedy into a documentary feature.
“My heart goes out to Japan and everyone still there—including my family,” she said. “So many lives were lost and it is going to take years to rebuild. If my story and the footage I was able to capture can do something to build awareness and help, then it’s the least I can do. I lived in Los Angeles for many years and I don’t think that the city would be able to handle such a devastating quake, so if this can encourage people to start preparing themselves then hopefully this could also save lives.”
To schedule an interview with Andrews, contact her office at Britco Pictures at (213) 620-9383 or by email at [email protected].