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April 08, 2008
Documentary following nine Oregon Army Guard soldiers in Iraq to have free showing throughout Oregon
 
"This is War", is an 84-minute documentary following nine soldiers serving in Iraq and will be featured at a free showing open to the public at locations throughout Oregon. Below is a listing of the dates, times and locations of the showings that are currently scheduled. Family, friends, veterans and all citizens of Oregon are encouraged to attend and show their support of the soldiers from Oregon who have proven themselves to be a reliable, ready and relevant part of the total force of our country and our state.

The soldiers in this film are from the following towns in Oregon: Albany, Portland, Keizer and Hermiston. However, these soldiers served with the 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry which had volunteers from the entire state or Oregon during their 2003-2004 deployment to Iraq.

After the showing of the video, several of the soldiers will be on hand to take the stage and answer any questions from the public concerning their role in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Several of these soldiers now hold positions with the Oregon National Guard to help returning soldiers through the process of reintegrating back into the role of citizen-soldier.

What makes this movie unique is the footage. Other than the talking head interviews, all of the footage (majority about 80% of the film) was shot by the soldiers themselves using digital cameras brought they brought from home.

The soldier's videotape, which was never intended for more than a friends and family audience, reveals them in a compromising light. They laugh, cry, complain and battle together. Through it all they reveal the vulnerable, but very real situation they're in. At one point or another throughout the movie, they all confess they realize they're here one moment, but could be gone the next.
When violence is depicted, it is startling and real. The soldiers, at times funny, sometimes bitter, sometimes very innocent share their story of combat in Iraq.

Gary Mortensen and Scot Laney of Lucky Forward Films have agreed to donate the any profits from the sale of this film to help soldiers and their families in Oregon.

Albany
Saturday, April 12th at 12:00 pm
Pix Theater
321 Second Avenue SW
Albany, OR 97321
541.967.7469

Salem
Sunday, April 13th at 3:00 pm
Elsinore Theatre
170 High St SE, Salem, OR 97301
(503) 375-3574

Hermiston
Thursday, April 17th at 7:30 pm
Destiny Theater
355 West Theatre Lane
Hermiston, OR 97838
Movie Info: 541-567-1556

Pendleton
Saturday, April 19th at 1:00 pm
Tri-State Women's Conference
The Pendleton Convention Center
1601 Westgate

Corvallis
Saturday April 19th at 12:00 pm and 9:00 pm
LaSells Center at 12
LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus
Dark Side Theater at 9:00
215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330

Coos Bay
Tuesday April 22nd at 7:00 pm
Coming Attractions Theater
Coos Bay, Oregon
229 S. Broadway

Roseburg
Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm
Coming Attractions Theater
3161 W. HARVARD AVE.
ROSEBURG, OR 97470

Grants Pass
Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 pm
Coming Attractions Theater
1111 NE D St.
GRANTS PASS, OR 97526

Ashland
Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm
Coming Attractions Theater
1644 ASHLAND ST.
ASHLAND, OR 97520

Klamath Falls
Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm
2643 BIEHN ST.
KLAMATH FALLS, OR 97601


Contact information for Gary Mortensen, Director and Scot Laney, Producer is through:
Lucky Forward Films
5801 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
503-597-7030 (Direct)
503-597-7037 (Fax)
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Kay Fristad
Public Affairs
503-584-3917