WEDU to Host Film Screening of One Marine's Journey to "Hell and Back Again"

WEDU will host special guests Sgt. Nathan Harris, and Wife Ashley, during a free Community Cinema preview film screening of "Hell and Back Again" followed by Q&A with audience on Tuesday, April 10 in Spring Hill, FL.
Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris and Ashley Harris
Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris and Ashley Harris
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April 4, 2012 - PRLog -- What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew? As more and more veterans return from deployment these questions must be answered, not only by those who fought, but by their families, their friends and their fellow citizens.

WEDU, west Central Florida’s leading PBS and Public Media station will host a free exclusive advance screening of the Independent Lens film Hell and Back Again on Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30pm with light refreshments. The film presentation begins at 6:00pm at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court in Spring Hill. Special guests Sgt. Nathan Harris and his wife Ashley Harris will attend the screening and field questions following the film.

The documentary Hell and Back Again was a standout at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Documentary Grand Jury Award and Cinematography Award. The film follows Marine Sgt. Nathan Harris from Afghanistan back home to North Carolina. Director Danfung Dennis made an unusual choice for this film: no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story, seamlessly transitioning from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man’s personal struggle back home in North Carolina. There Sergeant Nathan Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of readjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley.

Nathan and Ashley Harris have shared their most intimate and painful moments for the film in order to illuminate what they, and thousands like them, are going through. Ashley’s role in Nathan’s rehabilitation is testimony to what thousands of loved ones are experiencing: trying to maintain normalcy while picking up the pieces of the lives of the wounded warriors who return home.

This WEDU Community Cinema exclusive screening event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and reservations are requested. To make a reservation to attend, please visit WEDU’s website at or call (813) 254-9338 ext 2241.

About the filmmaker
Danfung Dennis has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2006. His still photographs have been published in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Le Figaro Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Der Spiegel, and The Wall Street Journal. The PBS series Frontline opened its 2009 fall feature program, Obama’s War using Dennis’s footage. The immersive nature of the footage prompted a flurry of comment and inquiry from the Pentagon, the White House, veterans groups and viewers, and the program was nominated for a 2010 Emmy® Award. In 2010, Dennis won the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, and one of the 30 New and Emerging Photographers by PDN Magazine. Dennis is the founder of an immersive video startup Condition ONE. His background is in Applied Economics and Business Management. Before working as a photojournalist and filmmaker, he consulted for small and medium-sized enterprises in Uganda and South Africa.

About Independent Lens
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Independent Lens features unforgettable stories about unique individuals, communities, and moments in history. Presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the series is supported by interactive companion websites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts. The series producer is Lois Vossen.

About WEDU
WEDU is west central Florida’s leading PBS station and public media company reaching 16 counties through multiple media platforms including on-air programming and online experiences that broaden horizons, transport and transform and open gateways to new ideas and new worlds. Financially supported by the community, the organization offers a wealth of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of multi-media platforms including: television programming; opportunities to serve extended communities through the station’s fully interactive website, various social media platforms; monthly member magazine Premiere, educational outreach activities and a myriad of special events.  WEDU’s focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the youngest members of society.  WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America (2010 GfK Roper Public Affairs Media Survey).

For more information, program schedules or to support WEDU visit; WEDU Public Media on Facebook and Twitter or call 813.254.9338.
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