The film is finished... Bring on the sequel!
WITH YOUR HELP, we intend to reprint & distribute the upgraded DVD, complete the sequel project about PTSD, The Long Road Home, continue working our way into streaming platforms, school programs, libraries, and counseling arenas, pay our (notably patient) friends for work contributed, and wrap up the loose ends.
Then we can get back out on the road.
What sets this project apart?
Answer: Accuracy, accessibility through music, photos, and honest interviews
- Original photographs. Made by three-tour Marine combat veteran Marc C. Waszkiewicz, these photos cover EVERYTHING about life in country circa 1968. We see behind the scenes, not a lot of gnarly combat shots (Marc was IN combat... no time for snapping pix!) Leatherneck Magazine (2018): "What Waszkiewicz’s photographs do best is capture the humanity in every moment."
- Original music. Two pro musicians (Marc and Lea, with a lot of help) recently completed the 60 minute soundtrack album, which is built upon a nine song collection written and recorded in 1992. The songs tell the story of what it was like signing up, training, doing time in country, and coming home. Ed Palm in the Kitsap Times (2018): "The original music sets the film apart."
- Apolitical, first-hand accounts. Six of Marc's brothers-in-arms were interviewed in 1995, each providing a novel perspective and a range of insights and stories, many of them just darn funny.
- The entire project is summarized in this (2016) video demo HERE.
Vietnam: An Inner View changes the narrative
At our 2018 screenings (premieres in Washington DC and Sacramento CA), we heard this from veterans and civilians alike: "This film changed the way I feel about the Vietnam war."
Veterans note the accuracy of the film. Our director, a three-tour combat veteran (and 100% PTS), is a stickler for detail.
The VVA Veteran (2017) wrote of the film: "...a worthy Vietnam veteran documentary... in a category by itself."
A very short feature from the film. Take a cab around the block!
Whether you're a veteran or a civilian, Vietnam: An Inner View welcomes you in, hands you a beer & says "Put your feet up, friend. You're safe here..."
Why should you CARE?
Due to pervasive & widespread hostility being expressed toward Vietnam veterans on their returning "to the world," many veterans went underground with their stories, denying they had even served, despite having played strictly by the rules of combat while in country.
Civilians likewise have carried their own versions of "Vietnam Hangovers" to this day...
This film provides another perspective. The project gives unvarnished accounts of young American men doing their jobs with a reasonable amount of honor and a high degree of humor and spirit! Ooh Rah!
SACRAMENTO - March 2018
The Veteran Panel talking PTSD
Make a Contribution
Honor your veteran loved ones, your buddies, your unit with a BRICK on the IVP Wall of Fame! It will look something like this and will be included in the reissued DVD of Vietnam: An Inner View, in our sequel project wherever we distribute, and on our website. We can of course send the IVP Wall of Fame .mov file directly to you as well.
A short sample of the Wall listings - yes, many irregularities in this copy! Will EDIT!
Our goal in producing and distributing Vietnam: An Inner View and hosting live events is to bring veterans out of isolation and to encourage dialogue between veterans, their loved ones, and those who want to better understand the veteran experience, and thereby to make both direct and indirect positive contributions to veterans' emotional health.
This short video introduces the producers and the history of the project:
Humping in the Rain
Your helping us complete the project will get us back out on the road with our live presentation.
We recently went way out on a limb to fund a distribution service (Distribber.com) in order to hasten the film's streaming on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
What remains to be done - to repeat
- The Long Road Home - We are producing a short but crucial sequel film (using all the same brothers-in-arms from the first film, plus a couple of new guys!) dealing with Vietnam Veterans' homecoming, readjustment issues, identification and treatment for PTSD, and stray pieces of music and interviews that need showing.
- The DVD will be reprinted this year, with donor updates (that's YOU) and new bonus material.
- We're writing lesson plans and counseling packets to help work the film and project into academic and counseling arenas, where its accessibility and varied content will engage viewers and inspire discussion.
- Bills. We gotta pay the bills! Our friends and contributors (all of whom worked at greatly discounted rates) are patient and kind. But we're stuck. No more road trips until we get out of the hole!
- And, yes, the album will go on 10"vinyl eventually (but this campaign is not aimed there).
Director, Sgt. Marc C. Waszkiewicz, USMC (ret):
“They go home after listening to me speak and they open up and--all of a sudden--people find acceptance and understanding... and that’s really the point of all of this -- saving one life at a time.”
We wrote and recorded the songs to tell the story of what it was like being in Vietnam (for at least some guys). You can download the entire album here.
Visit Soundcloud where you can hear half the soundtrack album without signing up/paying: When I Had You - the Dear John Letter. Chunks of the soundtrack reside there. Oh yeah. It rocks.
Here's one of our originals, which we perform live at our events. This vid is an outtake, as it didn't match the "mood" of the film.
A word from Executive Producer, Lea Jones:
"We've had help along the way, much appreciated, and now we need just a bit more. Thank you in advance for whatever you can do to help.
Spread the word! Semper Fi."
Rockin' Endorsements and Support
We'll leave you with this
Our new friends, Doug and Deborah, from Sacramento, sent us a note detailing the (actual and potential) impact of our live presentation on veterans and their loved ones. This sort of thing happens frequently when we "take it on the road."
Here's the short version of the letter (full text here):
Doug could not talk to anyone about his wartime experiences and the feelings, nightmares, and memories that haunted him.
I cannot express how profoundly that presentation affected my husband, Doug. He cried. And, then he started to talk. Like many Vietnam veterans, Doug had never spoken so truthfully about his experiences. Talking with Marc after the presentation opened the door and made possible Doug’s new journey toward healing so many years after he left the military. On the hour-plus drive home after the presentation, Doug told me about events that he had never told anyone—not even his veteran friends or his VA counselors.
The impact of the first-person presentation and the discussion afterwards cannot be overstated. Our family and friends were deeply moved by the presentation, but more importantly they learned about the lifelong impact of being in a war zone, how PTSD interferes in a veteran’s life, and how they might support Doug—and the other veterans in their lives—as they begin to heal. Because they had experienced the presentation, Doug is more comfortable talking to them about his PTSD and its causes. Now, we have a path to walk with Doug as he deals with what Marc and Lea have called the “Vietnam Hangover.”
Taking Vietnam: An Inner View on the road to bring it to more veterans, their families, and their communities would provide veterans, who often suffer from PTSD and other effects of war, the opportunity for a deeply moving shared experience and a safe place to speak about the experiences they have buried for too long.
Vietnam: An Inner View, the film, can provide others with the profound experience that I, my husband, and our family and friends had the privilege to share.
First, it is an authentic story of the war in Vietnam and could be used in high school history and civics classes. It is also a clear window into the mental and emotional health issues that many veterans face and could be used in high school in psychology, health, or sociology courses.
We keep gittin' er done.
Risks and challenges
We will get this done. With funding, it will happen faster.
We've managed to do what we've said were were going to do with these previous Kickstarter campaigns (2013 and 2014). This time won't be any different!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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