Are War and Oil connected?
You decide as we take a spin in this SUV turned Warrior.
This short film has now been made an official selection of many film festivals including:
The Zeitgeist Media Festival Los Angeles 2011
The Big Bear International Film Festival 2011
The California Shorts International Film Festival 2011 (Winter)
The SURGE! International Film Festival
Topanga Earth Day/ Consciousness film Expo
Riverside International Film Festival Audience (voted as a "Best of the Fest")
Awareness Film Festival (Audience Choice: Independent Vision Award)
And has been well received by audiences of all stripes.
Whether military or civilian, this short tale resonates with each of us in some way. Many first time audience members have been struck by the profound impact that such a brief film can have, when it is done well.
With wars of Occupation raging without an actual end in sight, this project is more poignant than ever.
even though our most recent president has claimed a withdrawal from Iraq, there remain many thousands of military contractors, advisers, trainers and support personnel. In Afghanistan, the US still maintains a fighting and occupation force of many tens of thousands of troops, tanks, helicopters, drones and support forces for them all.
If the result of World War Two is an example, we may never leave.
Note that Germany is still a patient host to innumerable US military bases and Japan has been thoroughly occupied by US armed forces to this very day. In fact the Island of Okinawa, home to an indigenous Japanese minority is riddled with 36 US military installations!
the incidents of rape and murder on and around our military bases goes on unabated as our troops and sailors travel their host regions with near impunity. The great majority of US armed forces serve with dignity and a strong moral compass, but the blowback stemming from the countless US military bases worldwide is irreversible.
The tide is turning and it's time to grab our surfboards to catch the wave.
Question the prevailing paradigm. Ask why.
(In order of appearance)
John Q JOHN BAKER BUTLER
Boot JESSE COLVER
Sarge JOHN HAYDEN
Doc ANTHONY HOLIDAY
Charlie Mike TIM KARASAWA
Station Attendant VINCE PARADA
American, Idled ANNE MARIE HOWARD
Director of Photography
Unit Production Manager CHARLES NEWMAN
Production Design JOHN MACADAMS
Sound Mixer/ Post Production Sound
BUBBA SHEFFIELD LEONARD HANCOCK JOHN WYSHAK SCOTT BAUER
JAMES LEGOY ROBERT SMITH 1st Assistant camera 2nd Asst Camera
DAVID "CLEAN" BERRYMAN "K.T" COMKOWYCZ
Prop Master Armorer
RANDY GAETANO NICHOLAS PAPAC
MIKE SMUDA MARC MEANT
Key Grip Dolly Grip Gaffer
BUBBA SHEFFIELD ROBERT FORREST ANDREW SMITH
Special Effects Make up
JOHN GOODWIN BRIAN KINNEY
Special Effects Supervisor DAVID KELSEY
LEE STONE NIALL HEARD
Sfx assistant AMELIA STONE
Hair and Make up EVA LOHSE
Costume Supervisor VINCE PARADA
Script Supervisor CAROL DAVIS
Video Playback ROB NELSON
Production, USCG Desert Liaison PAUL RICKETSON
Art Department Leadman MIKE LIEBGOLD
Storyoard Artist ROBERT MYERS
Production Stills ANDREW SMITH
Transportation Captain Military vehicle Transport Transpo Utility DOUGLAS DEVINE SETH WILSON KEVIN DEVINE
Heavy Equipment Operator JOHN "JC" MCATEER
Editorial supervisor ALAN CHIMENTI
Video Transfer DAVE REASTER
Editor- Nick Papac Tribute BRYON CROUCH