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A short film that explores the complex relationship between two marine veterans and a troubled young woman who lives next door.

Battle Wounds explores the lives of two veterans who suffer the very real physical and psychological effects of their time in combat, the reintegration to civilian life and their relationship with a troubled young woman who lives next door.

This film recognizes the many challenges the brave men and women who fight for our country face as they attempt to re-enter their home lives.  By supporting our film, you can help spread the word that veterans of all kinds deserve our understanding and support.  Every day, service members re-enter American society and many of these are dealing with the emotional trauma they bear from their deployment.  It is easy to note those men and women who return with the physical scars of battle while the psychological wounds are both easier to overlook and every bit as challenging.

We cannot make this film without your help and we would like to stress that this film is not for profit.  It is a short film that we intend to take on the festival circuit to give it and the story it tells the exposure it deserves.

HOW IT WORKS:

Kickstarter gathers the donations that each backer makes and they are released to us after the deadline.  However, the only way the project gets funded is if we meet our funding goal by the deadline date.  If we cannot reach our goal by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, March 27, the project gets nothing, no one is charged and we start from scratch.

WHY BATTLE WOUNDS:

We have a passion for and commitment to moving, thought provoking storytelling.  While there are many films, both narrative and documentary, that focus on the battlefields, we feel it is also important to show the battles being fought at home by the many veterans who have been wounded in ways other than the obvious physical ones. 

Yet this is not simply a military story.  It’s a universal story about how we’re all fighting internal battles that others so rarely see.  It’s a story about why some people cover up this pain and to whom they choose to show it.  It is a story that everyone, everywhere can relate to in some fashion or another, because everyone has had a moment in their lives where things have felt out of control, hopeless, or frustrating beyond belief, with no one to turn to, no one who will understand.  Then hopefully, we either find that person or group of people who understand and can help, or we find it within ourselves to marshal our fears and our pain and forge ahead.

All of us have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to say nothing of every other armed conflict our country has fought in recent memory.  Many of us know people who have been wounded or killed in the service of their country.  And while the recent troop pullout from Iraq brought many troops home, there are still thousands in Afghanistan and in other places around the globe.

Our goal is to tell a story that is real, that is true, that honors the passion, commitment and sacrifice that those who serve in the armed forces exhibit while also understanding that their work is not done when they come home.  Our goal is to tell a story about real people, people we may know, to see and understand, to bring to light just a fraction of their inner battles. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Over 2 million U.S. service members have served in or around combat areas in the past ten-plus years.  Many of these service members have undergone multiple deployments.  Some of these returning veterans will be suffering from physical injuries(anything from severe bodily injury and/or Traumatic Brain Injury to hearing loss and chronic pain from orthopedic injuries), others from Post Traumatic Stress and related difficulties, while others will have problems with depression, anxiety and/or psychosocial problems(like family strain, occupational readjustment, financial, social and/or educational readjustment).  While statistically 60%-80% of returning service members will not be physically or psychologically impaired from their deployment, many will simply find it difficult to reintegrate into civilian life, to be able to share with anyone other than fellow veterans what they have seen, heard, done and experienced.  Even so, that still leaves from 400,000-800,000 returning service members who will have a major hurdle or hurdles to overcome.  This film hopes to shed just a tiny crack of light on these obstacles.

Please help us to make this film possible.  We have assembled an excellent cast and crew, all of whom are working for free because they believe in the project.  However, there are still costs involved with a production of this type and any contribution you make will help make the film possible.  We cannot do it without you.  Besides the usual production costs of lights, cameras, sound recording and other standard motion picture equipment, Battle Wounds has a few special costs associated with its production, some of which are:

  •       Recreating Afghanistan in Southern California
  •       Renting military costumes, weapons and a vehicle
  •       Special Effects - not only for production value, but for actor safety

Besides helping our film, here are a few links that can point the way in helping you find out more information about Veterans and how you can support them and their families.

 www.va.gov  VA Website

www.ptsd.va.gov  National Center for PTSD

www.dvbic.org Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

www.woundedwarriorproject.org  Wounded Warrior Project

www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov National Resource Directory

If you'd like to know any other way in which you can help or if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

THE MAIN PLAYERS

Tyler Christopher - Actor

Tyler began his acting career on the daytime drama General Hospital as “Nikolas Cassadine” in 1996.  He immediately captured the hearts of fans and the notice of television critics.  He won the Soap Opera Digest Award as "Best Newcomer" in 1997 and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Younger Actor in 1998 and Best Supporting Actor in 2005 and 2006.

Tyler has had an extensive TV career.  He was cast as “Ethan” on The Pretender and the two subsequent Pretender TV Movies.  He then landed the lead role in multiple pilots including Sam's Circus for CBS, One for the Money for UPN, and Secrets of a Small Town for ABC.  Tyler also appeared as “Jacob Wheeler Jr.” in Steven Spielberg's Emmy winning mini-series Into the West for TNT.  In between all of that, Tyler has made numerous guest appearances on Charmed, Angel, CSI, Crossing Jordan, Boomtown, JAG, and many more. Tyler recently ended his 15 year run on General Hospital and began recurring as “Dan Whitehorse” on ABC Family's The Lying Game.

Tyler also starred in a number of independent feature films including Out of the Black, Catfish in Black Bean Sauce, Face the Music and most recently Shouting Secrets, for which he was just nominated by the American Indian Film Institute for Best Supporting Actor. http://www.tylerchristopher.com

Jenna Devynn Beck – Writer/Actress

Jenna is originally from NY where she studied acting.  Battle Wounds is her second project as a writer/actress. The first project To Anyone is currently in the final stages of post production. The feedback so far has been great, and Jenna is excited to take it to festivals. Other upcoming projects include Sunlight and Singing and Jenna's feature length screenplay Looking For God. Jenna has appeared in various independent projects and most recently could be seen as Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. http://jennadevynnbeck.com/

Dave Power - Actor  

Dave was raised in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey, a suburb just outside of New York City.  In 1999, Dave was cast in Universal’s ensemble war drama, U-571, which starred Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Kietel, and Bill Paxton.  The movie marked Dave’s feature film debut and upon returning to the United States, Dave decided to move to Los Angeles and work full time at pursuing his acting career.

Within a few months, Dave was cast in HBO’s epic World War II mini-series, Band of Brothers.  He reunited with his U-571 co-stars, Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton, in Paxton’s directorial debut, Frailty.  He has also guest stared in over 15 primetime network shows including, ER, Six Feet Under, Malcolm In The Middle, CSI: Miami, Crossing Jordan, One Tree Hill, and Cold Case, among others. He also appeared alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the critically acclaimed independent feature, Latter Days and George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire, in The Good German for director Steven Soderbergh.  Currently, Dave can be seen in the World War II drama Red Tails from George Lucas.  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0694386/

MATTHEW HECKERLING - Director of Photography

Originally from Connecticut, Matthew earned a degree in literature from the University of Michigan. He then went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.  While attending USC, Matthew was awarded the Thomas Bush Memorial Cinematography Scholarship.  A few years later he received the John F. Seitz Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography (Honorable Mention) from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Matthew has been working steadily since finishing USC.  Among his many feature film credits are Shadow People starring Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife, 3:10 to Yuma), The American Standards starring Golden Globe Winners James Brolin and Joanna Cassidy, Crazylove starring Reiko Aylesworth (24) and Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck), and Left In Darkness starring Monica Keena (Entourage) and David Anders (Alias, Heroes). He won Best Cinematography at the Fargo Film Festival for his work on Hard Scrambled.

Matthew has also shot many commercials and music videos. His video credits include Green Day, Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Black Stone Cherry, teen pop star Tiffany Giardina, and Nickelback. http://www.matthewheckerling.com

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