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About

Over the past 30 months, while producing the companion photobook (1000 Yard Stare) and segments of the film, Tripwire, we have presented HEALING VIETNAM to veteran groups and mixed audiences in five states.

Book Bin East - Salem OR - 2015
Book Bin East - Salem OR - 2015

"He cried. Then he started talking."

One more veteran suicide is one too many... Our goal in hosting live events is to bring veterans out of isolation, 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.

Veterans have been breaking open & rediscovering themselves through our live presentations (see "Rockin' Endorsement" below).

Live in Falmouth - Yes, we had breakthroughs
Live in Falmouth - Yes, we had breakthroughs

Civilians (many from the late 60's generation of anti-war protesters)  simply have their minds blown while their stereotypes are shredded.

Your helping us complete the film will get us back out on the road with our live presentation. We also hope to land a broadcasting deal.

Tripwire is a musical documentary built on an all-original soundtrack and original photos (made by Marc Waszkiewicz over three combat tours), taking viewers into Vietnam with a band of Marines circa 1968.

In Tripwire...

...we follow our director (and photographer), Marc, from his first tour on an Artillery Fire Base through two subsequent tours in the bush with the grunts of Fox 2/5 (1967-1969).

Because he is not working as a photojournalist, his photos portray more about day-to-day life than about actual combat.

Fox Company
Fox Company

These photos infuse into TRIPWIRE a uniquely intimate look at the Vietnam experience.    

You'll seriously love Marc's brothers-in-arms (most of whom he interviewed with a PBS crew around 1995). They populate and enliven most of the film.

Photobomb 1968
Photobomb 1968

We've been at this for so long, it's hard to believe we're almost finished, and just in time for the 50th Anniversaries of The Summer of Love and the Tet Offensive!    

TRIPWIRE: Initiation (see it now!)

We're asking for donations to help us finish Act II, so we might as well show you Act I: Initiation (click on the blue link!). This link dies on March 8. The password is wiretriP - Come back after you view the 30 min film. Use good SOUND - this show is a musical documentary.

Destitute but Undaunted

We need your help, and we think when you see what we're up to, you'll be happy to contribute! Every little bit helps... and we're only asking for a third of what we really need to wrap this up with a bow.

And we would LOVE to come to your town where you can host our presentation.

Here's one of the original songs from the film, which we perform live at our events. This one is called Loaded Gun and addresses PTSD from the spouse's perspective.

 

Respect for the POW
Respect for the POW

Rockin' Endorsement

We'll leave you with this.  Our new friends, Doug and Deborah, from Sacramento, sent a note detailing the (actual and potential) impact of our live presentation on veterans and their loved ones.

This is 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 Tripwire! 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. 

Tripwire will 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.

Inner View Productions - the producers

The odd couple - 2001
The odd couple - 2001

 

The Four-Part Multimedia Experience
The Four-Part Multimedia Experience

One last tune, this one covers the dread DEAR JOHN LETTER. Hear the whole soundtrack on Soundcloud.

Oh, and here's ACT I, Tripwire: Initiation. The password is wiretriP

We're currently in post with ACT II: Into the Fire. Please help us wrap this up!

Pvt Wilson & Sandbag Ski
Pvt Wilson & Sandbag Ski

 

Risks and challenges

We're in it for the long haul. We have all the raw materials (photos, interviews, music, cameras, computers, etc) we need to complete post-production.

All we need is loot, and not all that much, considering! Our editor, Bob, likes to eat and sleep indoors. Lea, a prematurely-retired teacher, has grown weary (and even more broke) loaning the company money. Marc is 100% PTS disabled and is on a fixed income. He will finish his memoir at some point.

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    Warspeak - Soundtrack CD

    The original recordings (from 1992) remixed & remastered with live drums... NOW we're rockin' the 60's!

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    Tripwire! DVD

    Our documentary film, Tripwire! Provides an eyes-wide-open, compassionate, musical look at the Vietnam experience.

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    1000 Yard Stare (the photobook)

    Published by Stackpole Books (2017) - Marc Waszkiewicz served three combat tours in Vietnam (’67-’69), first on a fire support base, then in the field as an artillery forward observer. He made thousands of photos exploring the beauty, drudgery, hilarity, and horror of the experience. 1000 Yard Stare collects his best photos, offering an unvarnished, compassionate, eyes-wide-open look at life in country and at the young men who served.

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    Put your name (or your loved one's name) in lights with your very own film credit!

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Now we're talking and the bull's a'walkin!
    Your name in bigger, brighter lights... + 3 copies of the photobook, 1000 Yard Stare, plus the CD and DVD.

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    We come to you!

    We'll come to your town, make our presentation (whatever venue you arrange for, with adequate AV, which could include your living room), show the film, play the music LIVE, host the discussion, and make you responsible! U get three complete sets of our merch, and an Associate Producer credit.

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