The documentary of Run for the Fallen and the service members who inspired this historic memorial across America.
In the summer of 2008, a small group of friends ran 4,000 miles across America. They called themselves Run for the Fallen, and their mission was to run one mile for every service member killed in the Iraq War. The group refused any political affiliation and simply wanted to honor those who have fought and died under the American flag. Each mile was marked with a flag and biographical postcard in honor of a service member. This documentary will memorialize this extraordinary event and the service members who inspired it. Your generous support of this Kickstarter campaign will enable us to finish editing, record original music, and cover technical costs such as color-grading and sound-mixing. Reaching our goal of $15K will ensure that the film can begin screening by Memorial Day 2012.
Run for the Fallen was founded by Jon Bellona, a 27-year old audio engineer from Clinton, NY, in response to the death of his best friend and Hamilton College roommate, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary. We, the filmmakers, were also good friends with Mikey in college. Like everyone who knew Mike, we were devastated by the news of his death in Iraq, on December 20, 2005. When we heard about Jon's plan to run across the country, it immediately struck us as a project that had to be documented. We started a small production company, Film for the Fallen, and soon linked up with a cinematographer, whose brother happened to be serving in Afghanistan.
Our small crew followed the Run on its 72-day journey from California to Washington, D.C. By the end of the summer, we had accumulated hundreds of hours of beautiful and emotional footage. We have spent the past three years cutting down the footage and crafting a feature-length film. Now, with your help, we look forward to finishing the documentary and sharing this unforgettable story.
In honor of Mikey, the title of the film derives from a Cleary family toast, which became a common refrain during Run for the Fallen:
To Them that’s here, to Them that’s gone, to Them we’ll see again...
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