ABC.com to Air Short Films It Commissioned from US Veterans

/ Nov 18, 2013

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As part of ABC’s annual “Home for the Holidays” campaign in honor of our troops, the network is debuting a collection of five short films written, directed, and produced by US Veterans online at ABC.com.

For the campaign, ABC selected five US Veterans who have dreams of making it in the entertainment business. These men were picked to create digital short films thematically focused on US Veterans returning home for the holidays. The filmmakers received support throughout the development and production process from the creative teams at current ABC shows like “Revenge,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Nashville.”

The films will be available on ABC.com beginning today. They are as follows:

“THE LETTER” by CAPTAIN REBECCA MURGA

Mentored by Jeannine Renshaw (executive producer, “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Armand Mastroianni (Director, “The Celestine Prophecy,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Stephen King’s Dead Zone”) 

Captain Rebecca Murga served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, and is currently working on a documentary In Los Angeles, California, called “Patriots: The Story of Latinos in the US Military.”

Rebecca’s film tells the heartwarming story of a little girl who writes a letter to Santa. She is angry at Santa because every Christmas she doesn’t get what she asks for. This year, the only thing she wants is for her mother, who is deployed to Afghanistan, to come back home for Christmas.

“YELLOW RIBBON” by SERGEANT DON’RE WALKER

Mentored by Wendy Calhoun (writer and supervising producer, “Nashville”) and Dwight Little (Director, “The Practice,” “Free Willy 2”) 

Don’re, from Compton, California, served two separate tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army. He is currently the military liaison for Columbia College in Hollywood.

Inspired by his relationship with his daughter, Don’re’s heartwarming, emotional, scripted story celebrates the power of hope starring Tamala Jones (“Castle”).

“LAUGHTER UNDER FIRE” by SPECIALIST (SPC) COLIN WELLS

Mentored by Jonathan Stark (co-creator, “According to Jim,” writer, “Cheers,” “Ellen”) 

Colin served with the Army in Afghanistan as an Infantryman. He currently lives in Burbank, California, where he focuses on his comedy writing.

A documentary short told from the filmmakers’ experience in Afghanistan, his time served in the Army, and how laughter brought his battalion together. SPC Wells’ documentary short shows firsthand the power of laughter under extreme conditions.

“THE DANCE” by STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) RYAN CURTIS

Mentored by Ted Sullivan (writer, “Revenge”) and Sgt. Wayne Isham, Army Veteran, 94th Combat Engineers (director “Metallica,” “Michael Jackson,” “Bon Jovi”) 

Ryan, from Los Angeles, California, served with the Army in Iraq and Egypt. Originally from the Boston area, he works as a freelance director/director of photography.

A touching story about a young soldier, severely injured in action, who’s determined to surprise the girl he loves with the dance they never had.

“A HOMECOMING” by FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) DONNA BACHLER

Mentored by Dee Johnson (executive producer, “Nashville”) and directed by Jon Huertas, Air Force Veteran (plays Detective Javier Esposito on “Castle”) 

First Lieutenant (1LT) Donna Bachler lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, whom she met while deployed.

Donna’s film is the story of a young veteran who excitedly awaits the return of his best friend, the warrior and hero he served with. It’s an emotional reunion with a surprise ending when these best friends are reunited.

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