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'The War Tapes' Trailer
In March 2004, just as the insurgent movement strengthened, several members of one National Guard unit arrived in Iraq, with cameras. The War Tapes is the result - a uniquely collaborative film from a team that includes Director Deborah Scranton, Producer Robert May (The Fog of War) and Producer/Editor Steve James (Hoop Dreams). Straight from the front lines in Iraq, The War Tapes is the first war movie filmed by soldiers themselves. It is Operation Iraqi Freedom as filmed by Sergeant Steve Pink, Sergeant Zack Bazzi and Specialist Mike Moriarty and other soldiers. While they battled unconventional forces, they recorded events that conventional journalists have been unable to capture. They mounted tripods on gun turrets, inside dashboards and used POV mounts on their Kevlar helmets and vests. They filmed all of the footage in Iraq, which amounted to over 800 hours of tape.