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Why I Chose To Do This Movie


Sophocles told of the warrior’s suffering in his plays Ajax and Philoctetes, 2,500 years before we coined the acronym PTSD. The story has been rewritten and told again numerous times throughout history and shows us a portion of the price we pay for our wars. It is a price that grows greater in the dark silence of ignorance. As more men and women come home from the Middle East, we should retell this tale lest more veterans die amidst the ignorance and apathy of a citizenry which has forgotten the lessons of the last hundred wars.


"The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!"

--  Recessional, Rudyard Kipling --

When Jonas sent me the script for the short film Freeze Frame and asked for my thoughts, I told him:  “I don’t know if I can do justice to this.”

On the page was truth and pain beyond my ken. In those brief pages was a story that I could not reconcile with my happy family life.  My instincts said roll up the window and pretend not to see the sign of the homeless beggar standing on a median strip with the cardboard reading: “Hungry Vet.” My heart pled that I wasn’t responsible for the pain of my college mate who spattered his brains across his backyard in the cold December night while the world slept around him. My soul wanted to fly from the face of the hard facts and figures that announced we are doing a shit job being the keeper of our brothers and sisters who fight and die for our country… for us and for me and mine.

Yes Jonas, I’d like to try.


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  • Ben Browder
  •   Thursday, 01 January 1970
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