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NOT A WAR STORY WORLD PREMIERE

Film in Beverly Hills
Date(s): 06/30/2017
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): Red Carpet Arivals: 6PM, Film Screening: 7:30PM
Address: 8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Not A War Story is a feature length documentary about the military veteran community, their aspirations and the craft involved in the making of Range 15, an independent narrative film that is produced by military veterans. To the casual observer, Range 15 appears to be nothing more than a bawdy, slapstick satire of Hollywood zombie apocalypse and military films.. However, to those serving in our armed forces, the film is rife with inside jokes and jargon, and perhaps a resounding reclamation of Hollywood portrayal of military life and community. Starring Hollywood actors and Medal of Honor recipients alike, Not A War Story, offers an inside look to why being a part of Range 15 was so much more than zombies and gore, and through community support inadvertently became the most decorated movie in history (2 Medals of Honor, 1 Navy Cross, 2 Silver Stars, Over 30 Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts). This is a film whose back-story includes a lot of heart and a lot of heroes.

Over and done with one-dimensional and overwrought Hollywood portrayals of soldiers as either degenerate drunk Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder victims or puritanical war gods, a group of veteran-entrepreneurs decide to take the storytelling into their own hands. The creators of the film were adamant that veterans would be involved in as many aspects of the film as possible from the outset. There was a particular interest in the common appreciation of dark humor found within the veteran community, which is so prevalent that it could almost be considered a language of their own.

Veterans like Mary Dague, one of the stars of Range 15, discuss the reactions of friends, family, and strangers to her brand of comedy. While serving in Iraq, Mary put herself between her team and an explosive device, a decision that caused her to lose both arms. When she cracks jokes about “being all thumbs”, people around her cringe. “I realize I don’t have hands,” she says dryly. Mary, and many other veterans interviewed describe their experiences at war and their assimilation back into civilian life. The tragic to the mundane is expressed with unexpected candor, providing viewers with a rare glimpse into a tightly knit community.

We learn that without this community, Range 15 would likely never have made it to the casting stage. The film, in fact, was entirely funded by contributions from the veteran community, after traditional Hollywood funding routes were denied. For the first time ever, veterans played a major role in every aspect of a Hollywood film: writing, producing, acting, art direction, prop creation, and even set-design. Unlike traditional films, where the cast and crew maintain separate roles, on Range 15, it was quite common to see the stars of the film helping the crew pack up for the day. No one left the set until all the work was done. One team. One fight.

Not A War Story takes you from the screenwriters’ table to the director‘s chair and everywhere in between. The writers, director, and producers of Range 15 talk openly about the often rocky but always entertaining path to creating the first film of its kind. It goes without saying that every brand of stress you can imagine was experienced, from passionate arguments over the script, to watching bad actors in Tinseltown extort money from the team. The fact that novices were taking on such an enormous endeavor with the added challenge of having to execute on a small budget that forced a breakneck timeline of making a feature film in just 13 days is a story unto itself, but the manner in which they did it is truly astoundoing.

It shouldn’t have worked, but it somehow did. We see these veterans not only release their trailer at Sundance, but attend premieres nationwide. True to their roots, they remarkably take the movie deep into war zones in Iraq, Kuwait, and Africa, at one point showing the film on a small portable projector roughly a mile from intense combat, to make sure the people that this movie was made for, receive the best Hollywood experience the team could muster.

The cast is comprised of Hollywood and military heavy-hitters alike including “The Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell, Medal of Honor Recipients Leroy Petry and Clint Romesha, William Shatner, Randy Couture, Danny Trejo, Keith David, and Sean Astin. On the morning of the theatrical release for the film, which screened in 500+ theaters, ISIS issued a death threat to all military gatherings in movie theaters. That didn’t stop thousands of veterans from all around the country to come together and turn Range 15 into an instant cult classic that premiered #1 on Amazon and #2 on iTunes.

The story though, is less about the success of the film. It’s simply about a community that grew up fighting for each other on the battlefield coming to do it once again in Hollywoodland. They committed to a mission and regardless of the challenges that came their way, they overcame and in the process, managed to show the world the raw love that veterans have for each other. It’s an eye-opening account that shows both strength and weakness. These men and women aren’t broken, nor are they perfect. They’re simply human. But when they are together they are far more than that, and for one shining moment, they are all once again, a unit.



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BEVERLY HILLS TROLLEY TOUR

Rodeo Drive And Dayton Way Beverly Hills Ca (310) 285-2438 - - Catch The Beverly Hills Trolley For A Fun Overview Of The City. A Single 40-Minute Guided Tour Will Show You Celebrity Homes, Architectural Highlights And Beverly Hills Landmarks While Providing A Br ....

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MARVELOUS MANSION RUNNING TOUR IN BEVERLY HILLS

N. Santa Monica Boulevard And Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 310-246-1418 - If You Love A Challenge While You Take In Fantastic Scenery, You'll Enjoy This 4.3-Mile Running Tour. Highlighted By Colorful Flowers, Leafy Trees And Spectacular Homes, This Tour Offers A Midway Sto More ....

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WALK AROUND THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

9641 Sunset Blvd. Beverly Hills, California 90210
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