September 11, 2010


This documentary was made by a couple of friends of mine, combat marines (and still active-duty !) with film degrees Brian and Anton, funded by their families and friends and by maxing out their credit cards. I've seen the film and it's really fantastic -- it brings to mind the documentary HBO made to accompany Band of Brothers, with very moving interviews with the vets of the (unbelievably desperate) battle of Chosin in the Korean war, fought for days in below-freezing weather. The historical footage is jaw-dropping -- all combat footage taken during the actual battle itself, and so up close and personal that at first I thought they were outtakes from some war movie. Interesting note: the Korean War is the "forgotten war," and most of the footage hasn't been seen since it was dropped into the can in 1950 -- Brian and Anton found it in the National Archives and no one has looked at it since the original cameraman sent it there.

The film taught me something I didn't know -- that the Marines were followed on their fighting retreat by some 90,000 Korean civilians fleeing the atrocities being perpetrated by the advancing Chinese Communists. They evacuated all of them on the ships along with the US soldiers, and there is historical footage of the US ships, packed stem to stern with civilian refugees, who were all taken to safety in the South.

The film is currently under submission to various channels to be shown on TV (with a bit of an assist by me), but this is the theatrical release to qualify for Academy consideration. Please consider attending or buying a DVD - part of the proceeds go to Wounded Warriors and the Semper Fi Fund.

“CHOSIN”, winner of Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 GI Film Festival opens in theaters this week! CHOSIN was produced by combat decorated Marines Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler. This Academy Qualifying theatrical screening is sponsored by Pepsi Co. Q & A with filmmakers at all Fri, Sat, & Sun shows. For more info, reviews, and news coverage, check out our website at and on facebook at .

In New York at The Village East (Manhattan), 10-16 September, show times are 12 noon & 9:50 PM.
In LA at the Laemmle Sunset 5 (West Hollywood), 17-23 September. Show times posted next week!

* DVD’s are available online and on military bases beginning Sept 10! A portion of the proceeds support the Wounded Warrior Program and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 11, 2010 3:51 PM
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