Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

Overview

Using a project initiated by the National Endowment of the Arts as a launching point to explore the wartime experiences of those who have fought on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan, filmmaker Richard E. Robbins offers a humanizing study of the soldiers who have suffered through the de-humanization of war. As letters from the soldiers are read by such actors as Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, Beau Bridges, and Josh Lucas, the writings emerge as an honest examination of resounding personal effects that war can...
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Overview

Using a project initiated by the National Endowment of the Arts as a launching point to explore the wartime experiences of those who have fought on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan, filmmaker Richard E. Robbins offers a humanizing study of the soldiers who have suffered through the de-humanization of war. As letters from the soldiers are read by such actors as Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, Beau Bridges, and Josh Lucas, the writings emerge as an honest examination of resounding personal effects that war can have on the men and women of America's armed forces. Over the course of the NEA project, over 1600 pieces of writing including poetry, fiction, and essays were collected - some uplifting, others devastating. The one constant factor in every letter, however, was an unguarded veracity that rings true with undeniable intensity. In using archival news footage and animated still photographs, Robbins strives to avoid the pitfalls of unwieldy reenactments and keep the viewer focused on the written word. Additional conversations with such renowned authors as Tobias Wolff, Tom O'Brien, and James Salter offer additional depth and analysis by presenting a broad look at the prevalent themes of war literature.
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Special Features

Deleted interview clips; Poetry reading; "Men in Black" illustrated storyboard; "Making of the Short Film" featurette; Theatrical trailer; 5.1 sound
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • UPC: 767685102404
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Docurama
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,354

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Hrivnak Participant
Jack Lewis Participant
John McCary Participant
Han Sangjoon Participant
Brian Marshall Turner Participant
Beau Bridges Voice Only
Colby Buzzell Participant
Richard Currey Participant
Robert Duvall Voice Only
Aaron Eckhart Voice Only
Paul Fussell Participant
Christopher Gorham Voice Only
Joe Haldeman Participant
Josh Lucas Voice Only
Justin Kirk Voice Only
Yusef Komunyakaa Participant
John Krasinski Voice Only
Tim O'Brien Participant
James Salter Participant
Mike Strobl Participant
Anthony Swofford Participant
Blair Underwood Voice Only
Tobias Wolff Participant
Technical Credits
Richard E. Robbins Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Talleah Bridges Associate Producer
Ben Decter Score Composer
Jason Ellson Cinematographer
Adam Hyman Co-producer
Kristin Lesko Co-producer
Sam Londe Sound/Sound Designer
Gillian McCarthy Editor
Tom Yellin Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
1. Here, Bullet and Intro [2:37]
2. Distant Thunder [6:01]
3. What Every Soldier Should Know [4:10]
4. Men in Black [8:53]
5. Road Work [8:40]
6. Camp Muckamungus [7:41]
7. Aftermath [8:40]
8. Medevac Missions [8:22]
9. To the Fallen [7:50]
10. Taking Chance [10:12]
11. Ashbah [4:13]
12. Credits [3:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Interviews (18 Min.)
         Play All (18 Min.)
         Dana Gioia, NEA Chairman (2 Min.)
         SSGT Edward Parker Gyokeres (3 Min.)
         SSG Jack Lewis (4 Min.)
         SGT John McCary (3 Min.)
         Tim O'Brien (6 Min.)
      Poetry Reading (2 Min.)
      Bonus Films (8 Min.)
         Bonus 8mm Footage From "Road Work" (4 Min.)
         "Men in Black" Illustrated Story Board (6 Min.)
      Trailer (2 Min.)
      Filmmaker Bio
      About Docurama
         Credits
         Trailers
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            Air Guitar Nation
            A Crude Awakening
            The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
      Docurama Trailers
         Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back
         Air Guitar Nation
         A Crude Awakening
         The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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