Documentary featuring Fort Drum soldiers moves closer to release date
By GORDON BLOCK | Watertown Daily Times (Tribune News Service) | Published: December 3, 2017
A documentary featuring the work and lives of soldiers in a Fort Drum aviation medevac company is getting closer to its release date.
The film, "Trauma," follows soldiers from C Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, as it served in Logar Province, Afghanistan in 2011.
"These guys experienced something few people will," said Ryan T. Cunningham, a producer for the film. "They're coming out and dealing with the residual side effects of what war is and being in that crew."
Director Harry Sanna, an Australian journalist, followed up with the soldiers at multiple points after the deployment.
"This helps raise awareness in a way that's not coming from an outside voice, it's coming from the guys," Cunningham said. "He came from a perspective of challenging the audience, letting them assess how they're feeling."
The film is slated for release in January, Cunningham said.
Cunningham, who has not served in the military, said producing the film gave him a better understanding of the soldiers' service.
"You think about the ones on the front line, but these are the ones that take care of them, and get them to where they can get care," he said. "They're seeing the worst side of the war. They're facing traumatic events, and it's definitely a knowledge I now know, but I didn't when I started this process."
"The last 10 months now, we've been putting the final touches on this, and trying to figure out who we will be releasing this," he said.
Development of the film was boosted by funding of $53,000 generated through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
The company's soldiers received several prestigious military honors for their work during their deployment in 2011.
Among those was Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kenneth G. Brodhead and Sgt. Julia A. Bringloe, along with Staff Sgt. Brian D. Cammack, who were presented the Distinguished Flying Cross for their heroism rescuing soldiers on the battlefield. Multiple outlets listed Sgt. Bringloe as only the seventh woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, an exclusive club whose first member was pilot Amelia Earhart.
Several others were presented the Air Medals with Valor.
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