Brothers At War’s Television Premiere on Memorial Day

Dear Friends,

Thank you again for the support you have given Brothers at War. I wanted to share with you that Showtime has decided to make the National Television Premiere of Brothers at War at 8 PM on Memorial Day!

This ever greater exposure and viewing of the film means that the accurate portrait of our American Military Families is reaching an ever greater audience. It is my hope that audiences are as inspired by the people I got to know and those I got to know better on my journey into the lives of my two brothers. All of their experiences leave me humbled and deeply appreciative.

For those of you who do not have access to Showtime but would still like to see the film, click on the “buy the DVD link” to the right and enter “Memorial” at checkout to receive 20% off.

Have a wonderful weekend,
God Bless you all.

Jake.

Greetings from Cannes

Being at the Cannes was an amazing experience. It is exciting to see “Brothers at War” begin to reach an international audience. I enjoyed spending time with Morris, Sam, Brain and Erin from the Shoreline Team who are doing a great job representing the film.

While taking in the fireworks, attending some of the parties, and being out for dinner, I had an opportunity to speak with people from around the world. I was struck by their curiosity and eagerness to see a film about Iraq where the filmmaker had actually been there, and where they as the viewer get to go there as well.

A view point and perspective has been created about our country and our service members from the limited coverage that has gotten out into the main stream internationally. It is invigorating to think that our film can help to change people’s minds about America and our service members. I think one of the values of the film is that it allows you to personally meet a number of service members on the front lines. Through that collage a portrait comes into focus. Hopefully, the opportunity to spend two hours with our service members on the front lines and the family back home will start to open minds and bring people from other countries a more truthful picture of who is serving in Iraq and what they are doing.

I wanted to send a special thank you to Jack Kelly for creating and airing the radio spot for Brothers At War during the Film festival. You can click on the link below to listen to it. Thank you also to France 24 who I enjoyed interviewed by at Cannes.

Cannes Radio Spot

It was also a very cool to see the film advertised on the back cover of Screen Magazine and in the hands of those attending the festival.

Spending time overseas gave me an opportunity to share what I love about our country. I believe when others have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of our military families, and what they are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will go along way in our relationships with others from around the world.

Peace,

Jake.

Jake

2010 GI Film Festival

Thank you to all those who are helping Brothers at War go International! Thank you also to Paul Brian for introducing us to Jack Kelly who is playing a radio commercial for Brothers at War on his two radio stations in Cannes 64 times over the next four days!

For all of you in DC, I wanted to let you know that tonight Lt Dan Band For The Common Good will be playing at the GI Film Festival. I have had the opportunity to see this excellent film by Jonathan Flora: In addition to the great music and the interactions with the troops all over the world, the film peers into a man’s quest to do what he can do to support those for whom he cares deeply for and admires. It is both moving and inspirational. Gary Sinise and Jonathan Flora will be in attendance.

On Friday night, Patrol Base Jakerl will make its World Premiere! David Scantling journeyed to Afghanistan where he embedded with a Marine unit in the dangerous Helmand Province. Drawing from his expert background in economic rehabilitation of war torn countries, he captured the philosophy and execution of counter insurgency strategy in action. I am personally jealous of all who get to be the first in the world to see this important work!

These are just two of many great films and events happening at the GI Film Festival this week. Go to GI Film Festival to explore all the great films that they are helping to launch and take this opportunity to interact with the filmmakers, festival executives, and patriotic celebrities who are dedicated to telling the GI’s story.

Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day this year, I asked Jennifer Rademacher to write about a particular poignant Mother’s Day. Please share some of your experiences by commenting on the post.

Jennifer Rademacher
Army Wife and Mother currently stationed at Fort Polk, LA with husband Isaac and 6 year old daughter Hunter
Former Captain, with 5 years of service in the 82d ABN DIV

As we head toward Mother’s Day, with the due date of our second child looming, I am reminded of one year in particular that was so bittersweet as an Army wife and mother. When our daughter, Hunter, was six months old, my husband left on his third deployment. He chose to take his fifteen days of R and R in accordance with her first birthday on April 26th. It was an occasion he truly did not want to miss. We had a wonderful party; both sides of our families were able to attend even though they had to travel very far for just a short weekend event. As it turned out, we had to bring him to the airport to return to Iraq on Mother’s Day, 2005.

After a lot of tears at the gate, I returned home with my baby girl to our empty house. On the counter were a dozen red roses and a note. It says: “Dear Mom, Dad and I love you so much and thank you for bringing Daddy home for my first birthday. We love you, Love Hunter.” Then an additional paragraph from Isaac which says: “Jenny, Hang in there. Hunter and I are the luckiest. I’m very proud of you and thankful for you on Mother’s Day. I love you. Isaac.”

This short note is one of my proudest possessions; it now sits in a shadow box with the dried roses from that bouquet above my desk and always brings a smile to my face. My husband had no idea at the time how much it would mean to me and was pleasantly surprised to come home after his twelve month deployment to see it so prominently displayed. I sometimes joke with friends and family that I am a single mother but unfortunately, my husband’s profession makes this more reality than a joke time and again. Those of us that are married to men serving our country know that we rarely come first. When we start having children, the situation deteriorates further because our children become the most important part of our lives. Being an Army wife and mother is a selfless obligation that makes the slightest sign of appreciation feel like a true mark of achievement.

As Army wives and mothers, I know I speak for everyone when I say that we do not expect any praise for our daily sacrifices. It is the sacrifices our children involuntarily have to make which truly break our hearts. We must be extra vigilant as our children deal with having a father on a deployment. Explaining to a small child why Daddy is leaving and won’t be back for holidays or birthdays is a hard task to accomplish. We rarely get to draw within ourselves to worry for our husband’s safety; our children need us to be present, compassionate, and engaged in everyday life as they struggle to comprehend a soldier’s profession and that his absence does not equate to a lack of love.

This Mother’s Day, we also need to remember the amazing sacrifices of active duty mothers across the military. Having been one, I know that this is the most difficult sacrifice I ever had to make. Choosing your country over your own child is purely selfless, these mother’s have taken it upon themselves to make this country a better one for all of our children’s futures and we need to thank them.

I hope that this Mother’s Day, all the mothers and wives of those serving our country receive a show of appreciation from their spouse and children. We are the backbone of all military families and we love what we do.

We also wanted to further support an organization which Cindy McCain and Gary Sinise helped us raise money for last year by doing a special promotion for Blue Star Mothers.
Click on the “Buy the DVD” link at the top and enter “mother” at checkout: In addition to receiving a $2 discount off the purchase price, we will donate $2 to Blue Star Mothers on the sale of every DVD! Buy 2 and receive free shipping. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing moms out there.