“Hoop Dreams” Filmmaker Frederick Marx Turns to “Veterans Journey Home”
The Scuttlebutt | Season 7 Episode 22
Filmmaker Frederick Marx and “Veterans Journey Home”
Frederick Marx is the acclaimed filmmaker of Hoop Dreams, considered one of the greatest documentary films in history. Frederick has over 45 years in the film business, several Oscar and Emmy nominations, and has been named a Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Special Achievement Award.
Frederick is the founder of Warrior Films, a non-profit production company whose mission is to inspire needed social change by telling compelling stories highlighting transformational solutions.
To support this mission, Warrior Films recently put the finishing touches on Veterans Journey Home. This five-film series tells a different kind of “Hero’s Journey” than the one the public is used to. Not the tales of heroism and valor on the battlefield but the story of Veterans willing to fight the battle of the demons within – to find emotional and psychological peace with the ghosts of past decisions and actions. This hero’s journey requires a different kind of bravery, not facing bullets and IEDs, but facing tears of anguish and loss, facing acceptance of extreme fear, facing rage at betrayal, facing paralyzing self-doubt and shame, facing judgments of self-hatred.
The Veterans in the films, different across race, class, and culture – men and women, African Americans and Latinos, gay and straight…flesh out the different storylines. Their differing backgrounds and experiences express the full range of combat soldiery. Challenged by unemployment, rape, child abuse, homelessness, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol addiction and more, what we witness through them is an emotional hurricane. Though at times terrifying, shocking, and emotionally wrenching, their stories of transformation ultimately prove tremendously uplifting, filled with humor and spirit, buoyed all the more by the expansive hearts of the men and women who serve them.