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First off, apologies to director Errol Morris for giving away the slowly-revealed point of his new short movie Subterranean Stadium, streaming now at ESPN’s Grantland website as part of their Errol Morris Week and his “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” film series. On the surface, it’s a profile of a bunch of guys in upstate New York who are obsessed with playing electric football, the primitive tabletop predecessor to video games.
It’s really a movie about a Vietnam veteran who’s struggled with health issues related to Agent Orange exposure and how his connections with family and friends helped him cope. Electric football is just the pastime he used to make those connections. Go here to watch the movie, as ESPN still hasn’t fixed its embeddable video to work on our publishing platform (a/k/a the world’s most popular). +Continue Reading
Retired Army Sgt. Noah Galloway made a positive statement for injured veterans when he appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine last fall. Now the double amputee has joined the cast of the 20th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Galloway, who lost his left arm and left leg while serving in Iraq, will be partnered with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.
Galloway hopes to follow in the footsteps of J.R. Martinez, the Army 101st veteran who won the competition back in 2011. Martinez, who was also wounded by an IED and suffered burns over 40% of his body, did a lot to raise awareness that men and women injured in battle can return and lead productive, well-adjusted lives. +Continue Reading
Writer/director Sean Mullin went to West Point and served at Ground Zero in the early days after 9/11. He makes his feature film debut with Amira & Sam, a romantic comedy about an Iraq war veteran who returns home and tries to make sense of a country that seems to have no sense of or connection to the wars it’s asking its military to fight. Sean talked to us about his military career, the ideas behind the movie, special forces guys as “buff nerds” and what it’s like to pitch military-themed pictures in Hollywood.
The movie is playing in theaters around the country this weekend. If you’re into the trailer and really want to support a veteran’s movie, you can get yourself to the movie house and buy a ticket. Check this list to see where it’s playing. If you don’t live in a city that’s showing the movie or if you just can’t get a sitter to get out of the house, you can also buy or rent it digitally from a long list on online providers (including Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes). It’s even available On Demand from most of the big cable and both of the big satellite providers. They’ve made it easy for you to see this movie. +Continue Reading
West Point graduate Sean Mullin served as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers stationed at Ground Zero after 9/11 as a Captain in the Army National Guard. He’s gone on to perform stand-up comedy and now he’s written and directed Amira & Sam, a feature film about Army vet Sam Seneca (played by Martin Starr) home from service in Iraq.
It’s a romantic comedy, so nothing gets too heavy, but Sam tries to make sense of an America that doesn’t have much connection to the wars it’s fighting and the people who served. He gets involved with his cousin’s Wall Street schemes (Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries) and falls in love with Amira (played by Dina Shahibi), the niece of an Iraqi translator now living in New York. Amira’s here illegally and they try to sort out their romance while she’s facing deportation. Spoiler: love wins in the end. This is a rare leading role for Starr, an underrated actor who’s given consistently first-rate performances in movies and TV shows like Freaks & Geeks, Silicon Valley, Knocked Up, Party Down, Superbad and This is the End.
Distributor Alamo Drafthouse Films is promoting the movie with a Military Date Night deal for service members this weekend. Check out a trailer for the movie and complete details about the promotion below.
Bonus: this is an excellent movie (along with Fort Bliss) to recommend to all your friends and neighbors who are suddenly aware of veterans issues now that they’ve seen American Sniper.
2014 was an intense year in Military news, and it brought to Under the Radar a number of moving pieces about our beloved veterans and a few that were zany, ridiculous, and strange. Here we like to broadcast and comment on everything from movies to not-so-fond military memories, and we were able to dig those up droves. Showing a bit of the off-beat side of the military, here are the top 10 Under the Radar stories from 2014.
Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.
The movie is aimed at everyone who’s not predisposed to understand or accept Kristin Beck’s transformation and highlights the role the United States Military has historically played in changing mainstream America’s attitudes about race, religion, national origin and sexuality. Beck thinks transgendered Americans can and will serve their country as well as anyone else. +Continue Reading
It’s pretty simple: “Fortunate Son” is a protest song written by a Vietnam-era veteran in support of the men who served and against the children of privilege who evaded the draft. +Continue Reading
Navy veteran Tom Anstead is the bravest kind of entrepreneur: he launched a new watch company in a manufacturing field where many of the established players are hundreds of years old and some of the most beloved brands inspire intense loyalty in their customers. Anstead wanted to build a high quality dive watch and deliver it at a reasonable price. The second iteration of his Anstead Oceanis dive watch is now available for $499 for a limited time via Tom’s website.
The Oceanis is made from 316L stainless steel and comes with a Miyota 9015 movement. Anstead advertises water-resistance to 300 meters and 40 hours of power reserve, so you don’t have to wear the watch every day to keep it wound. The hands and dial use a Super LumiNova coating for easy visibility and the 120-click unidirectional bezel offers more precise marker settings. +Continue Reading
Author Dana Fredsti recently published Plague World, the latest in her series of Ashley Parker zombie novels. She’s previously written for us about her experiences watching war movies with her dad and the research that went into getting her zombies right.
This time she talks about how she created characters inspired by the Veterans’ Allegiance VMC Motorcycle club and how she got their permission to use them in her novel. +Continue Reading
The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a military charity with a remarkably straightforward mission: they distribute tickets to concerts, sporting events, performing arts and other family activities to active duty military, veterans and their families (and the families of those killed in action) via their VetTix.org website.
The organization works with promoters, artists and teams to pair seats that might otherwise go empty with its members. They also accept individual donations and provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences via their Hero’s Wish program. +Continue Reading