Special Screening of Phil Donahue's Award-Winning Film: "BODY OF WAR" ~ Thursday, February 28th, Screening at 7:30 PM ~ At The Aero Theatre in Santa Monica ~ Dr. Paula Caplan will be Signing Copies of Her Book at 6:30 PM.
- Special Screening of Phil Donahue's Award-Winning Film
"BODY OF WAR"
Thursday, February 28th
Screening at 7:30 PM
The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403
$8.00 for Veterans with Proof of Veteran Status at the Door.
At 6:30 PM Dr. Paula Caplan will be
Signing Copies of Her Book:
When Johnny and Jane Come Marching
This Screening is a Benefit Fundraiser for:
THE WELCOME JOHNNY AND JANE HOME PROJECT:
A BETTER WELCOME FOR VETERANS
Generously Hosted and Presented by
The American Cinematheque
Please join Harvard psychologist and veterans advocate Dr. Paula J. Caplan
for a screening of Phil Donahue's award-winning film, "Body of War," and
panel discussion with her; Hollywood Cares nonprofit for veterans leader and
television producer and veteran Tom Fick; founder of LA chapter of The
Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project, Susannah Robb Kondrath; and a veteran
participant in the Project.
Find out how YOU can help heal our veterans. Open to all. Tickets: $11.00;
$8.00 for veterans with proof of veteran status at the door.
Tickets for screening and panel @
Americans -- whatever their politics -- want to help
veterans, but few know what to do. Many think that if they are not
therapists, there is nothing they can do, but nothing could be further from
Dr. Caplan's Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project consists of one-to-one
listening sessions between a civilian and a veteran. Her Harvard Kennedy
School study revealed how the simple gift of an uninterrupted listening
session with a friend or even a stranger can bring veterans out of their
soul-crushing isolation. The civilian listeners call the experience
transformative for them, too. It's about simple but all-too-rare human
"Body of War," the engrossing and powerful film Phil Donahue produced and
Ellen Spiro directed, won the National Board of Review's Best Documentary
award and a People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film
Festival. It lets audiences listen to the story of a young Iraq War veteran,
learning about his war experiences, and how he deals with coming back home
with emotional and physical challenges and pain. We get to know his fiancée,
his mother, and his stepfather, and we witness their love, humor, conflict,
and various kinds of politics.
A major portion of ticket sales will go to The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home
Project, and tax-deductible donations will also be gratefully accepted at
the event. Interest in implementing The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project
throughout the country is high, and funds will be used to prepare online
video and text materials for use at no cost to help any individual or group
anywhere start this listening project in their community. These are
economical and immediate ways to involve veterans and civilians in
connecting with each other and helping the process of healing. 100% of the
donations will go directly to the production of materials and running of the
program to help veterans.
Dr. Caplan's book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All
of Us Can Help Veterans, which has won three national awards, will be
available for purchase, including copies to donate to veterans.
BODY Of WAR
Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue, premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival to several standing ovations and
acclaim. It won Best Documentary from the prestigious National Board of
Review and was nominated for Best Documentary from Producer's Guild of
America. Body of War was short-listed for an Oscar nomination for Best
Documentary and was released theatrically through Landmark Theatres. Phil
Donahue and Ellen Spiro were featured in a special on Bill Moyers as well as
appearing on all the major networks and publications.
Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about
the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a
bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week.
Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person,
coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and
passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil
Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder.
Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the
body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
Body of War unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas
evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to
deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. And on the other, we see the
historic debate unfolding in the Congress about going to war in Iraq.
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