Brothers At War DVD Launch Press Release

Here is the official press release announcing the DVD launch. Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested. Thank you!!


Uncommon Brother’s-Eye-View on US Military in The Middle East

“To understand Afghanistan you have to understand Iraq. BROTHERS occurs right before the surge, before 20,000 more troops go over. It shows why we’re there and what can be done.”
Jake Rademacher, Filmmaker

“I’ve been waiting for this film since the early days of the war in Iraq.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times’ Reviewer

“I fell in love with the movie and wanted to do what I could to support it.”
Gary Sinise, Actor, Advocate

a brother’s-eye view of today’s US soldier overseas, debuts Jan. 12, 2010, on DVD from Summit Entertainment ( alongside the award-winning HURT LOCKER, with an exciting list of bonus features.

Moved by the film, Gary Sinise signed on as executive producer.  This first-person account of why soldiers go to war (and go back), also reveals the wives’ and children’s sacrifices, insights so true to troops and families that the Veterans Administration is looking into building a curriculum around it.

In BROTHERS AT WAR, filmmaker Jake Rademacher of Decatur, Illinois, twice embeds with his two brothers’ units in Iraq, filming their returns to the US and subsequent return overseas.  Military viewers, from the under-reported National Guard to Marines and Army, gave major thumbs-up to the first war film in years to “get” the soldiers’ and families’ sacrifices.

Often humorous but sometimes downright lethal, BROTHERS AT WAR is the remarkable journey of a brother willing to risk it all, who gains unprecedented access to US and Iraqi combat units.  Rademacher goes behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper “Hide Sites” in the Sunni Triangle and through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army.

As the US sends new troops into Afghanistan, BROTHERS AT WAR captures what troops can do for a country at war. “For people asking why we need 30,000 men in Afghanistan,” Jake Rademacher says, “here’s the story of what’s possible.”

“I’ve seen for myself the rebuilding, relationships with the Iraqis, and the community there,” Sinise said.  Soldiers who see BROTHERS AT WAR say it hits home with stories of US soldiers fighting alongside their Iraqi trainees, the Iraqi interpreter who believes his slain brother didn’t die in vain, the obvious comradeship, the love of country.  “To understand Afghanistan you have to understand Iraq,” said Rademacher. “BROTHERS occurs right before the surge, at the height of the war, before Gen. Petreaus asked Congress to send 20,000 more troops over, when Iraqi soldiers were first getting their own battle space, when US Forces were discovering how insurgents from all over the middle east were sneaking across the border to get their Jihad on.  It’s a window into what we are asking of our military families who will now face their 3rd and 4th deployment as my brothers did in Brothers at War, and what life will be like for those family members serving at the edge of the battlefield in the war on terror.”

BROTHERS AT WAR bonus DVD features take viewers deeper into the journey by expanding on stand out sections of the film, behind the scenes with Rademacher, Sinise, and other now-familiar characters and their stories after it ends:

•    The F51st Homecoming
•    Iraqi Security Council Meeting
•    Memorial Service for SPC Dane Carver
•    Gary Sinise on the movie
•    Allier’s post-mission speech
•    Allier and Jake alone on the front
•    Isaac Rademacher and family, fourth deployment
•    Joe Rademacher and Danielle, third deployment
•    Jake Rademacher on making the film
•    Audience reactions
•    Jake’s first MRE
•    Isaac and Jake

For Information, contact:
Monique Sondag   214-536-4319

Street Date:  January 12, 2010
UPC:  025192055393
SRP:  $19.99
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Directed by Jake Rademacher, Produced by Norman S. Powell and Jake Rademacher
Executive Producers: Gary Sinise and David Scantling


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