In April of 2018, Teddy Leinbach and I were brought on to America’s Run For The Fallen, a four-month long running event, which was promoted as “the most comprehensive fallen veteran tribute trail to ever be conceived in this country”. As two eager young filmmakers looking for an opportunity to make a sensational story we put our lives on hold, and jumped at the opportunity. We were asked to handle the Youtube Live Stream and capture the roadside moments on our cameras for posterity. In exchange, we were provided a place to sleep, food to eat (as long as we behaved), and most importantly, the creative freedom to make a documentary.
We had no military experience, no military family background, and no loss of anyone in our respective families closer than a grandparent, and yet we naively came aboard the cross-country trip to honor our fallen military, with only general assumptions about those that fight and serve, and minimal experience with grief and loss. We had conducted short interviews with some of the core team, and yet we felt there was something more. Within a few days of leaving Fort Irwin, California, Teddy and I spoke with the visionary man behind the bigger mission, George Lutz, and began to comprehend the dedication within every single person on the core team. We were given a glimpse into the immense scale of the journey, and the greater emotional experience of the four months that lay ahead. We dropped our preconceived notions and began to learn, our cameras capturing the moment.
The real story is usually only seen in glimpses of the truth. Our film explores 6,000 miles of those truthful glimpses. Within conversations, interviews, and experiences, the core team, the runners, and the support staff, who all contributed along the way, share their minds and their hearts, all while they were embracing one of the most emotionally awakening, empathy fostering, and physically grueling experiences of their lives. The candid and real storytelling of our film lends itself to an immersive feature length documentary which would present empathy as the root to understanding and healing. We expand upon the concept of apolitical non-polarizing views of the military. We hear from many on the ideal of honoring and remembering of the military service members who have died, and share the stories of their families left behind. We are telling this story through the lens of the people who care, and worked tirelessly day in and day out to further that mission.
Our budget is for color correction, audio mixing, music, and editing labor costs for the next 6 months so that Teddy and I can dedicate ourselves full time to the realization of America’s Run For The Fallen feature length documentary film.
Join our contribution team now and we can share in the creation of a powerful and impactful film.
Keller Berry & Teddy Leinbach
Eagle Three Productions
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