The War at Home, the acclaimed feature documentary that tells the story of the 1960s Antiwar Movement, has been newly restored from the original 16mm negative film to a new 4K Digital Cinema Package (DCP).
We are now seeking funds to support the re-release of this Oscar Nominee to arthouse cinemas and college campuses around the nation this fall, when the politically-charged run up to the midterm elections will be at its height and the film can reach and engage new audiences.
First released in 1979, The War at Home was Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary – and won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (U.S. Film Festival).
What the Critics have said about The War at Home:
“The War at Home is an extraordinary documentary about the last time we had to overcome.” -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“Filmmaking with extraordinary power.” San Francisco Chronicle.
“This is Hometown America in Revolt…not to be missed.” Variety
The War at Home tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American town: Madison, Wisconsin.
The film traces antiwar resistance in Madison from the earliest protest by U.W. students and teachers on October 18, 1963 (filmed by local news), to the antiwar bombing of the Army Math Research Center in 1970. The students’ peaceful sit-in against Dow Chemical Company in 1967 that turned violent transformed the University of Wisconsin into one of the many battlegrounds in the “war at home”.
Madison, Wisconsin became a microcosm for how the domestic Antiwar Movement evolved, step by step, from a small core of activists in the mid-60s, to a mass resistance movement that played a role in ultimately bringing down two powerful U.S. Presidents and helped to end the U.S. war in Vietnam.
When we were producing The War at Home, in our 20’s, we often said we were “making this film for our children” because we understood that we had lived through an extraordinary political and turbulent period. We recognized the importance of how telling the story as it unfolded could capture the zeitgeist of the U.S. antiwar movement and its determination to end the war.
Almost four decades later, The War at Home has become the cinematic memory of the antiwar movement in the Vietnam Era in a way that books cannot convey. The film is also about the lessons of this politically intense time when a generation of young Americans confronted their government’s policies and lies, which led to the deaths of three million Vietnamese and 58,220 U.S. soldiers.
What About Today?
Today, we’re facing another President who’s threatening war, destroying our environmental protections, rejecting climate change, lying to the public, debasing the truth, attacking the news media, and tearing at the very fabric of our democratic institutions. That’s why the resistance has sprung up and is fighting back.
We’ve been inspired by the massive Women’s Marches all across the U.S. and the youth movement against gun violence led by the students of Parkland Florida. We feel The War at Home has a new role play -- telling the story of a decade-long resistance movement, which can inform, inspire and energize new audiences.
What is The War at Home Kickstarter Campaign planning to achieve?
We’re raising funds to support the re-release of The War at Home in new digital formats. With your support we can get the film back into theaters and onto campuses around the country where it can inspire and support the resistance movement today.
Where We Are Now
In October, we raised the $15,000 required to produce the digital restoration by IndieCollect, a non-profit film archive in NYC dedicated to preserving the works of independent American filmmakers. The organization specializes in upgrading films from their original film negative to a new restored Digital Cinema Package (DCP), Blu-ray and other digital formats.
The good news is that we’ve already got the film booked for an NYC opening at the Metrograph cinema in the Lower East Side, for a week starting on October 12th.
Stage 2 of our strategy in this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds needed to support the release The War at Home 4K Restoration in 3-4 other major cities after NYC. We reached our initial funding goal and the film has also been already been booked into art house cinemas in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley during the politically active run-up to the midterm elections. We are now seeking to book play dates in Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC.
Stage 3 of our plan is to reach our “Stretch Goal” of $45,000 so we can broaden the release of the film, which we are hoping to open to ten cities. We’ve already raised nearly $36,000 and have just $9,212 to go.”
What the Funds will be Used for?
The funds we’re raising will be used to cover the necessary expenses of releasing a film: hiring a publicist, a film booker, creating a new movie trailer, posters and more.
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Risks and challenges
Creating and executing a successful theatrical release strategy is always a challenge.
Our plan to re-release The War at Home theatrically in other major markets is predicated on organizing a successful opening in NYC at the Metrograph Cinema. It will also depend on the distributor’s ability to book the film into appropriate cinema venues – and on the filmmakers’ commitment to support the film’s promotion, which we intend to do.
In the event that the film distributor finds it hard to place the film in long-term theatrical play dates, we will turn our focus to booking the film into quality second tier theatrical venues for shorter play dates; and to secure a non-theatrical film distributor to make The War at Home available in schools and on college campuses.
The War at Home will also be made available to progressive groups for benefits and special events. The main goal is to use is to use the film
to engage and inspire a new generation of activists.
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