The War Tapes

The War Tapes

Director: Deborah Scranton Cast: Stephen Pink, Mike Moriarty, Zack Bazzi


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The War Tapes

Three soldiers offer viewers a close-up and deeply personal view of the war in Iraq in this documentary. Filmmaker Deborah Scranton gave digital video cameras to three National Guard volunteers who were called up for duty in Iraq and asked them to keep a visual diary of what they saw and how they felt about it. The three men who took Scranton up on her offer were Sgt. Zack Bazzi, Spc. Mike Moriarty, and Sgt. Steve Pink. Bazzi is a Lebanese immigrant who previously fought in Bosnia and Kosovo and loves the thrill of battle, though he has serious reservations about the nature of the American occupation and feels most of his fellow soldiers are dangerously unaware of the habits and customs of the Iraqis. Moriarty is a husband and father who volunteered for service after the terrorist attacks of September 11; he's a proud warrior and loyal to his fellow soldiers, though he's come to hate the sting of battle. And Pink is a carpenter and would-be writer who joined the Guard to help raise money for college; his dark sense of humor often rises to the surface as he confronts the uglier aspects of the conflict. Scranton took the footage shot by the soldiers (sometimes uploaded by Internet just hours after a battle) and fashioned it into a story of three different men united by a single cause who are fiercely loyal to their fellow fighting men and women, even as they become increasingly cynical about the causes and motivations behind the war. The War Tapes was screened in competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
UPC: 0767685988336
Original Release: 2006
Source: Docurama
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

Over 100 minutes of bomus material including: Never-before-seen combat footage; Outtakes and extended scenes; Three brand new follow up interviews with the soldiers; Theatrical trailer; Biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Pink Participant
Mike Moriarty Participant
Zack Bazzi Participant
Lindsay Coletti Participant
Randi Moriarty Participant
Sana Bazzi Participant

Technical Credits
Deborah Scranton Director
Norman Arnold Score Composer
Zack Bazzi Camera Operator
Duncan Domey Executive Producer
Steve James Editor,Producer
Chuck Lacy Executive Producer
Robert May Producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Moriarty Executive Producer
Jason O'Neill Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Pink Camera Operator
Leslie Simmer Editor
Adam Singer Co-producer
Lauren Timmons Co-producer
Brandon Wilkins Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The War Tapes
1. Training at Ft. Dix [11:15]
2. Camp Anaconda [5:39]
3. IED [4:46]
4. Kids in a War Zone [10:04]
5. Car Bomb [8:22]
6. Bitching [9:45]
7. Iraqi Police [8:05]
8. Fallujah [7:42]
9. People Die Over There [4:44]
10. Homecoming [4:58]
11. Civilian Life [6:10]
12. What's it Like [14:51]
1. Life Post-Iraq [5:01]
2. Re-enlistment [2:59]
3. Views on the War [1:55]
4. Supporting the Troops [1:20]
5. Politics [2:36]
6. The Cameras [4:39]
7. Audience Reactions [2:38]
8. Personal Reactions [3:19]
9. Charlie Company Reaction [1:12]
10. Coming Home [2:14]

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