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June 03, 2006

New York Premiere of The War Tapes

Last night I had the opportunity to cover the the New York premiere of The War Tapes, a riveting documentary shot by a National Guard Unit during its own tour of duty in Iraq.

More pictures and a full review to come.

Capsule summary: The War Tapes is a truly important film that should be seen by every American. This documentary is the most viscerally compelling depiction of combat and day-to-day life in a war zone that I've ever seen.

From left: Director Deborah Scranton, organizer Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, Soldier/Cameraman Sgt. Zack Bazzi.

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On a similar theme, I saw this film in a special viewing in Washington D.C.. It will be available on DVD in July:
http://www.sirnosir.com/

In a nutshell, forgoten but huge U.S. history. Apparently during the Vietnam war there was a huge amount of war resistence from the military. Crews of air craft carriers voting not to deploy. Uniformed active duty soldiers going to and _organizing_ anti-war protests etc etc.

What struck me were the interviews of the men, they did not fit the stereotype of malcontents looking for an excuse to rebel, they were squeaky clean mom & apple pie kids who were pushed so hard by the extreme things they saw going on that they overcame the momentum and resisted.

It was great to have a chance to meet you the other night. Thanks so much for the shoutout! We are really relying on a grassroots effort to get the word out about the movie, and appreciate the mention. And what a great photo considering it was pouring rain... thanks!!!

Deborah, thanks for stopping by the blog. It was a pleasure to meet you. Congratulations on a wonderful film.

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