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See US Marines make counter-insurgency work in Helmand Province--the Taliban's stronghold in Afghanistan.
See US Marines make counter-insurgency work in Helmand Province--the Taliban's stronghold in Afghanistan.
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President Barak Obama just sent an additional 30,000 troops to fight a counter-insurgency campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. What are they doing? What does the counter-insurgency strategy of "protect the population" look like? Want to find out? Please make a pledge of $5 (or more) today to help complete the post-production of the PATROL BASE JAKER independent documentary film. And become a fan on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/patrolbasejaker/

PROJECT BACKGROUND: I'm directing and producing a feature-length documentary film--called PATROL BASE JAKER--about the US Marines and the practice of counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. I spent the month of October, 2009, on a filming embed with the Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan--the Taliban heartland and opium production capital of the world.

This is my second film project. I was the Executive Producer of BROTHERS AT WAR, the award-winning documentary film about an American military family and the Iraq war (http://www.brothersatwarmovie.com). However, PATROL BASE JAKER is my first film as a director and cinematographer. I traveled to Afghanistan and did all the filming and sound engineering on my own--it was a fascinating experience. I shot the film in digital HD on a three different cameras-- a Sony EX-1 XDCAM , Sony Handycam (for night vision) and a Canon 5D Mark II. For sound capture I used Sennheiser shotgun mics mounted on the cameras and Zoom's H4n digital audio recorders placed around each scene.

SYNOPSIS: The US Marines are engaged in a complex set of combat and stability operations against the Taliban and in support of the Afghan Government. Training Afghan military & police, fighting Taliban insurgents, managing reconstruction projects, working with the local Afghan population, and interfacing with other stakeholders in the region are all part of the mix. Through intimate, behind-the scenes access to US and Afghan government and civilian participants in “kinetic” and “non-kinetic” operations, the film follows US Marine combat and civil affairs teams of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, during their 7-month deployment in Helmand Province. PATROL BASE JAKER takes the audience to the front lines where US policy meets the reality of on-the-ground execution through the context of the Marines' day-to-day life in Afghanistan.

USE OF FUNDS: Please help me reach the film's $45,000 funding goal by February 22, 2010--make a $5 (or more) contribution today (I only receive the pledged funds through Kickstarter if I achieve the goal). I will use these funds to complete the editing and post-production of the PATROL BASE JAKER movie. I funded all the filming and production in Afghanistan myself and I'm looking for your help with funding the completion of post-production. Any additional funds raised beyond the goal will be used to bring the film to military bases around the US for free promotional screenings prior to the theatrical launch of the film this summer (I used this strategy very successfully to promote the BROTHERS AT WAR film with its core audience--the military & veteran community. Check out the press release from Gary Sinise and me about the military base screenings at http://bit.ly/4G3AtA ).

Please let me know if you have any questions, or require additional information. Thank you in advance for your support.

Regards,

Dave

-------------------- David Scantling Director & Producer PATROL BASE JAKER dave.scantling@gmail.com

www.patrolbasejaker.com www.facebook.com/patrolbasejaker www.twitter.com/patrolbasejaker www.youtube.com/patrolbasejaker www.flickr.com/photos/patrol_base_jaker

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    Item 1: Thank You Card from the PATROL BASE JAKER team and listing on the sponsor section of our web-site (www.patrolbasejaker.com).

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    Item 2a: Signed copy of the full sized PATROL BASE JAKER movie poster. Plus item 1.

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    Item 3: The official PATROL BASE JAKER movie "challenge coin." Plus items 1 & 2. Here's an article about the challenge coin that I designed for my previous film, BROTHERS AT WAR: http://bit.ly/5VBSEF

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    Item 7: A signed copy of the PATROL BASE JAKER movie soundtrack--with Original Songs by O.A.R., Zach Berkman and Josh & The Empty Pockets. Plus items 1-6.

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    Item 9: Two tickets to the PATROL BASE JAKER black-tie gala event at Firestone Country Club and "hometown" premier theatrical screening in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Plus items 1-8.

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    Item 10: Two tickets to the PATROL BASE JAKER movie opening weekend theatrical premier and after-party in New York City on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, or Los Angeles on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Plus items 1-8.

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    Item 11: Two tickets to the PATROL BASE JAKER advance screening for the US Marine Corps & Pentagon leadership--plus the Press Corps--at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Plus items 1-8.

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    Item 12: A non-theatrical "Director's Cut" screening of PATROL BASE JAKER in the city (US or Canada) and venue (i.e., corporate conference room, private home, school auditorium, hotel ballroom, etc.) of your choice for up to 30 of your closest friends. Director David Scantling will attend the screening and host a Q&A discussion after. Plus items 1-8. This screening must take place between June 1, 2010, and July 31, 2010.

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    Item 13: Theatrical screening of BROTHERS AT WAR in a city of your choice (US or Canada) for up to 250 of your closest friends. David Scantling--Executive Producer of BROTHERS AT WAR and Director of PATROL BASE JAKER--will attend the screening and host a Q&A discussion about both films after. Plus items 1-8. This screening must take place between March 1, 2010, and May 31, 2010.

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    Item 14: Red Carpet "sneak peak" theatrical screening of PATOL BASE JAKER for up to 250 of your closest friends in the city of your choice (US or Canada) prior to the launch of the film for the general public on Friday, August 20, 2010. Director David Scantling will attend the screening and host a Q&A discussion after. Plus items 1-8. This screening must take place between August 1, 2010, and August 17, 2010.

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