Saturday, August 11, 2007

Feeling a Draft? The Sequel

Since there is already sufficient chatter in blogtopia (yes, skippy, I know), I'd like to direct your attention to a movie designed to provoke thought about the draft - Day Zero. Here's what the film's producer has to say:
Day Zero is an independent drama that follows three best friends (Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, Jon Bernthal) in NYC after they receive their draft notices and are given 30 days to report for duty. It takes place in an imagined near-future wherein the war on terror has expanded, requiring a draft to fill the ranks. The film follows the friends during this 30-day period during which they confront their beliefs about duty, honor, courage, friendship and love. The film also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Ally Sheedy, Elisabeth Moss, and Sofia Vassilieva.

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With Day Zero, what we've tried to do is to get people to stop and ponder for themselves – not a knee jerk, but a consideration . . . when you come home from work, check the mailbox, and sort through the pile – you see that envelope from the Selective Service Administration . . . what do you do? How do you feel? How do you respond? How do you treat others around you? And ultimately – what choice do you make?

What's been most gratifying, in this age of disposable entertainment (when was the last time you chatted about a blockbuster beyond the ride home from the theater?) is how the audiences at our screenings let us know – by email, phone, blog posts, reviews, etc. – that Day Zero stayed with them. They continue to think about the characters and how they would respond in their place long after the credits rolled. Even better – they continue to discuss it with their friends and family. In that regard, I'm extremely proud and feel like we did our job.
Day Zero premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and is set to be released at select theaters later this year. As the film's producer notes, if the film is successful in limited release, hopefully it will see a wider big-screen audience. Personally I'd love to see a film like this one released in places other than NYC and Los Angeles artsy movie theaters. It really needs showings in small cities and towns out in the so-called fly-over states. Whether or not that transpires remains to be seen. My guess is I'll be waiting for the DVD to come out.

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