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Would you sacrifice your life for the enemy?
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That was the predicament in which two marines found themselves one fateful night in Khe Sanh.

On January 20th, 1968 at the height of hostilities during the Vietnam War, a North Vietnamese officer walked onto the Marine base at Khe Sanh, Vietnam and surrendered. Angry at being passed over for a promotion, the now prisoner confided to Army intelligence the nature of enemy strength just outside their lines.  Rather than the small force that US intel thought to be skirting the hills  surrounding their base, the North Vietnamese Army had amassed multiple divisions and enough ammunition to continuously bombard this small outpost, day in, day out, around the clock for six months. And when was this major offensive being launched? That very night. 

This is the beginning of the Siege of Khe Sanh. 

GUARDING CHARLIE is the tale of the two Marines who stood watch over this valuable prisoner from the barrage of forces both within and without of Khe Sanh until he could be flown out the next morning. 

More carnage from  the North Vietnamese bombardment at Khe Sanh.
More carnage from the North Vietnamese bombardment at Khe Sanh.

For seventy-seven days, the North Vietnamese hammered the Khe Sanh combat base with continuous ground, artillery, mortar and rocket fire. Even Operation Niagara, a huge aerial bombardment campaign by the Americans did little to help the besieged Marines.  None the less, the forces at Khe Sanh held strong.  Eventually a combination of US and South Vietnamese troops were able to break through the North Vietnamese line and relieve the battered Marines.

I salute my friend, Sergeant Major Franklin Dennis Jones (Ret.), on whose story this is based and who now suffers long-term effects from Agent Orange, and of all those who have in the past and those who today continue to serve; this story honors you all.

Frank Jones in Khe Sanh 1967
Frank Jones in Khe Sanh 1967
Frank Jones in Khe Sanh during Monsoon
Frank Jones in Khe Sanh during Monsoon

Risks and challenges

There are a number of challenges that arise in making this film.

RISK ONE: We blow something up that wasn't supposed to be destroyed during our filming of the bombardment of Khe Sanh.
SOLUTION: We have one of the best Special Effects guys in the business: David Watkins (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0914247/) and lots of insurance.
RISK TWO: We may shoot the film, but it may not be precisely what we need. This is critical for a short film with only a few days of production.
SOLUTION: In addition to some of the top industry professionals, we have Susan Malerstein (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0539381/) who Oliver Stone and Frank Darabont call the best Script Supervisor in the business to help make sure we have all the shots we need for a superior film.
RISK THREE: This is an ambitious short film and there is a chance the film will go over budget.
SOLUTION: We have three top notch producers working for FREE (as is the rest of the crew) to make this a fantastic, completed short film. In addition, we have an incredibly capable profession crew to help ensure that a high quality product is delivered on schedule and on budget.

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    TEAM CHARLIE. Straight out of the playbook of the 2008 election. 'If we all pitch in, together we can do anything.' In addition to our gratitude, we'll send you updates and photos from our shoot so you can be included in the process. Thanks for joining our ranks.

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    This is a very special opportunity to honor any member of the military. At the end of the film under "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE" we will list your favorite soldier's name. A picture and short bio of them will be placed on our website. (This is a very special reward, and therefore we reserve the right to decline contributions that aren't consistent with the purpose of the film.)

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    Frank Darabont (our biggest supporter) has just offered us two autographed THE GREEN MILE posters, from his movie which starred Tom Hanks and the fantastic Michael Clark Duncan who just passed away! God bless him. What a WONDERFUL contribution for two lucky supporters!

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    FOR THE SCREENWRITER WHO WANTS MORE !! The development of a draft of your screenplay with Julie Richardson and her team: Ms. Richardson and her associates will read your screenplay, work with you on structure, on dialogue, on the emotional and dramatic physics that make a good screenplay. This is a significant time commitment for the development team and available to only ONE individual.

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    Our first born child: No, that's a joke, but we would be incredibly grateful. In addition to EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on GUARDING CHARLIE, someone on the executive staff would personally buy you dinner for two and accompany you for an "ON SET" visit (Top Secret) to a film / television shoot. And let's just say, we know some top notch talent!! Sorry, we cant mention who!! This prize has to be scheduled in accordance with shooting schedules, so the delivery date indicated below is not necessarily accurate. We anticipate the location of the set visit to be Los Angeles, and we don't provide airfare for this reward. Please make a note of this.

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