Every first-time director has a story about the sacrifice they made to see their film make it to the silver screen.
For Brian Iglesias, that story began during his two tours in Iraq as an infantry platoon commander in the USMC. Upon his return to the states he cashed out a life insurance policy and put every penny he had into traveling the country to film the brave men that fought in the Korean War’s Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Iglesias and his co-producer Anton Sattler, himself a Marine Captain, lived on "milkshakes, MREs and Red Bull" for months to bring the documentary film Chosin to life.
On Sunday evening their efforts were rewarded with a two-minute standing ovation and the award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 GI Film Festival.
Next up for Iglesias is an Executive Producer credit on the forthcoming 3-D feature film 17 Days of Winter based on his documentary.
The narrative film is set to be directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Yogi Bear) and written by Academy Award-winner (and veteran) Frank Pierson (Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon).