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Same Same But Different is the story of Veterans returning to Vietnam to heal the wounds of war.
Same Same But Different is the story of Veterans returning to Vietnam to heal the wounds of war.
188 backers pledged $25,050 to help bring this project to life.

Ho Chi Minh's Tomb: Deryle explains why he had to make a film

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Over the next couple of weeks, while Deryle and I cut a trailer, I'll be posting some of the clips we're using and giving a little background.  This clip really brought a lot of things into perspective for me.  Those of us blessed never to have been in the midst of war have little notion of the impact on the individuals who prosecute them.  We may be empathetic, but it's easy to move on to another subject.  Through these veterans (who by the way are among the "survivors" in their cohort) I came to understand just a little bit  better how heavy that burden is and how resilient and brave these men are for making an effort to come to terms with their war experience and then go one step further and humbly return to the old battlefields and offer to help.  Hope you like the clip.

And though I've said it before, I'll say it again:  Our leaders need to stop viewing military excursions in abstract terms.  Real lives are destroyed or torn asunder when military action is taken.  There is death and maiming not "collateral damage."  And even the soldiers who come back seemingly unscathed find themselves troubled by the triggers and lanyards they have pulled--the humans they have killed--for the rest of their lives.

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Same Same But Different Completed! Watch a clip.

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For those of you who might have missed it, Deryle and I finished our documentary about Veterans returning to Vietnam to help the people there. As our leaders contemplate yet another military adventure, I would ask everyone to factor into the equation what impact war has on the individuals who fight them. In this clip, Suel Jones, a marine in the war, talks a little about how he came to decide that he needed to return to Vietnam and meet the enemy. (Suel has written a book about his experiences titled Meeting the Enemy.) 

 Also, some people have complained of the play icon remaining on the screen (a kickstarter website problem).  Put it on full screen (better viewing anyway) and the problem goes away.

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Moises and Deryle Finish "Same Same But Different"

Dear Supporters--We have a fine cut of the film.  We promised our producers a chance to give us feedback, so they'll be watching it and we will be tweaking things here and there.  After that, as we make our way to film festivals across the country, the film will be available to all of our contributors.  (Probably around the beginning of October.)  Once again, thank you for making this project possible.

The clip we have included with this update is of Suel Jones, a marine veteran, as he describes the long road that took him back to Vietnam.  The music is "Time to Come Home" by Greyhound Soul, with their permission.

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The First Cut Is The Deepest....

We are actually on the third cut.  We finished the first rough cut just before Christmas, but we figured everybody had enough on their plates just surviving the holidays.  The video included is the opening sequence of the film.  Hope you like it.  We'll be posting a trailer soon.

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Mostly done mailing rewards!

Hopefully, you received your rewards in the last couple of weeks.  (There is an exception for those of you receiving large prints from MOTOFOTO and/or SAMESAME FOTO.  Those prints have served us as promotional material at our local events.  Soon...soon.)  Locals who did not make it to our events, please contact me so we can rendezvous.  We will not be mailing any rewards locally.  Finally, I want to thank those of you who were kind enough to upgrade your contribution.  Please note that we will honor any rewards applicable for increased contribution.  Make checks payable to:  Marabi Productions, 111 Walter St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.  Don't be shy.  If you love your 8 x 10, maybe you'd love a 30 x 36 even more!  Once again, thanks to you all.  Deryle and I have been in the editing process and we are on schedule to have the film cut by year's end.

ps--We've been thinking about all of you who got hammered back East.  Love and best wishes.