MASON, Texas. UK based Tarian Films is delighted to announce that their most recent film production, WE WENT TO WAR, commissioned for Film4 by Channel 4 in the UK and created by British filmmakers Michael Grigsby & Rebekah Tolley, will have its U.S. premiere in Mason, Texas, Saturday, July 14, 2012, 2pm at the Odeon Theater.
WE WENT TO WAR returns to the heartlands of Texas 40 years after Michael Grigsby’s film I WAS A SOLIDER was released to continue the story of combat veterans Dennis, David and Lamar, who survived a year on the frontlines in Vietnam. Their stories will touch the hearts of combat veterans and their families around the world.
WE WENT TO WAR was nominated for the 2012 Innovation Award at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival (SIDF) in the UK, one of the biggest events on the international documentary calendar. Early reviews have already labeled the film “…a masterpiece…” and… “ We Went to War is a film to be treasured.”
WE WENT TO WAR has also been honored with a special screening to BAFTA (The British Academy of Film & Television Arts) in late June 2012. I WAS A SOLDIER is now hailed as a ‘classic’ (Sight & Sound - http://www.bfi.org.uk/node/1316).
Rebekah Tolley: “Michael (Grigsby) and I are absolutely thrilled that WE WENT TO WAR is coming home to Texas, where the stories of Dennis, David & Lamar were first committed to film over forty years ago, when as a young filmmaker, Michael came to the US in a bid to try and understand what is was like for Americans returning to their homeland after a year on the battlefields of Vietnam. The resulting film, I WAS A SOLDIER (1970), was a landmark in that it was one of the first sustained treatments to deal with the phenomenon of soldiers returning home from war; at a time when the idea that a veteran might need help to transition back into the everyday world, was largely dismissed. Forty years on, we hope that audiences will be equally as engaged by the continuing stories of David, Dennis & Lamar, who represent the countless forgotten voices of men, women and families who are often forced to walk the long road home, beyond war, alone.”
The Odeon Theater welcomes veterans and their families to the premiere and showings free of charge. Showings at the Odeon Theater in Mason, TX are July 14: 2pm, 4pm, and July 15: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. For more information and tickets contact the Odeon Theater, www.theodeontheater.com.