Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Marines recount '04 Fallujah battle in documentary

Marines recount '04 Fallujah battle in documentary
Military Times
Hope Hodge
June 10, 2013

Twelve Marines recount the same gritty and tragic day of fighting in Iraq on Nov. 22, 2004.

In a sea of documentary films about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Garrett Anderson's project is a rarity: A Marine veteran of Iraq, he has turned the camera on his battle buddies to create an intimate portrait of a day they shared together during the second battle of Fallujah, Iraq.

Anderson, a former radio operator with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, funded his project's $30,000 budget through the entrepreneurial startup website, Kickstarter. The premise: Let 12 Marines from his unit recount the same gritty and tragic day of fighting on Nov. 22, 2004, complemented by original footage from troops' personal hand-held cameras. From there, Anderson's lens follows his former colleagues as they cope with their own memories almost a decade later.

First called And Then They Came Home, the project was renamed The November War to more accurately fit the narrative as it took shape, Anderson said. The 27-year-old Portland, Ore., resident said he and his co-producer, Antonio de la Torre, are about two weeks from completion of the project, their first feature-length documentary.
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The November War

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