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A Little Inside Basseball

Please excuse me while I implore fellow film writers to get themselves to How To Fold A Flag, which is screening selectively, pre-Toronto, in LA on Monday.
The film is the final part of an Iraq trilogy by Michael Tucker and Petra Eperlein… and I consider all three films to be amongst the very best made on and around the subject. Gunner Palace took us into the lives of the soldiers in the cities of Iraq for the first time, as they lived in one of Uday Hussein’s former summer palaces and tried to survive IEDs when they went on patrol. The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair told the story of an Iraqi journalist, swept up by a US patrol (as seen in passing in Gunner Palace), who gets abused by both the US and the Iraqi government for no reason but the madness of war. And now, How to Fold A Flag brings it all home to the US, literally. Characters we’ve met in the other films and some new faces try to adjust to coming home… some for better, some for worse… mostly in between.
This team has been ahead of the curve in these docs every time. They are hard and funny and only ever as sentimental as survivors get.
If David Magdael hasn’t already sent you an invite – and you are press and you know who he is, which you should if you are legit – drop him a line. This is exactly the kind of film one can miss on opening weekend… and it won’t play again until the second Friday. So do yourself a favor and get on it now.

4 Responses to “A Little Inside Basseball”

  1. Ray_Pride says:

    They have another doc in there: Bulletproof Salesman, which I recommend in either the longer or shorter versions. A man who sells armored cars over there… hoping to keep ahead of the latest variations on IEDs. Dark, funny, v. well-made.

  2. Kim Voynar says:

    Didn’t that play SXSW a while back?

  3. David Poland says:

    It was last year’s film, including at TIFF… but the filmmakers don’t count it as part of the trilogy.

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