Music arranged by Andrew Dalrymple for the film's title sequence:
Sgt. Daniel James Patron is my brother. My family will never forget the morning that two Marines showed up at the door with the news that would change our lives forever. Sgt. Dan was an EOD tech who extended his deployment to be with his brothers and help them by disarming explosives. On his final mission, Dan knelt over an explosive that went off as soon as his knee touched down. Dan had a wife and a life that he would never get to return to. At just 26, Dan died in a bomb blast in another country. His remains were delivered home to his family on a cold, windy runway in Dover, Delaware in a box wrapped in our flag. A month later, we buried Sgt. Dan for the second time.
What will I one day tell my children about him? I can tell them about the brother who held my hand as we fell asleep when we shared a bedroom as children. But the Marine . . . those stories for my family faced extinction. One year after his death, I began to collect the stories and memories on video not only for my children, but so that I might someday be able to heal and come to terms with Dan's tragic death. This is the story of Dan's other brothers, the lives he saved, my struggle to live in a world without him, and a community shaken by the end of his beautiful life.
Collecting Sgt. Dan is a memorial film shot independently in Canton, OH, Jacksonville, NC, and Panama City, Florida. Every single expense for the film thus far has been covered by myself and donations from a handful of great friends. With the film nearly completed, I am finding that there are more expenses to be incurred. These include distribution fees, DVD and Blu-Ray printing, 3-D creation and rendering, music creation, traveling, equipment, the printing of cases and other materials, and the possible expenses of future premiere venues.
There will be a Grand Premiere of the film in Akron, OH that is tentatively scheduled at the Akron Civic Theatre on Dan's birthday, April 30, 2014. The film will serve as my birthday gift to him. This will be the first viewing of the film to a mass audience. I will seek to distribute through Netflix, Itunes, Amazon, DVD, and Blu-Ray. It is my hope that my brother, Sgt. Dan Patron, and the lives of other servicemen and service women, are never forgotten. Please help me to keep Sgt. Dan alive. Semper- Fidelis.
Risks and challenges
I am determined to make this film a reality. The United States Marine Corps has been wonderful to work with. During the initial phase of the film, it was undetermined if I was going to be able to place actual active duty Marines on camera. With the help and support of several active duty Marines and my own personal convictions, barriers were crossed that I feared would prevent me from telling Dan's story. Dan is my brother--I will let nothing stop me from making this happen. If more time is needed for the creation of the film, I will take it. I refuse to put his name on anything that I am not proud of or that would show him or the sacrifice he made in poor light.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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