TYPE: Documentary Feature
ALMOST SUNRISE is the inspiring true story of two friends who embark on an epic journey to heal from their time in combat.
Filled with hope for veterans who’ve left the battlefield behind and are now seeking peace on the home front, ALMOST SUNRISE follows ex-soldiers Tom and Anthony as they walk 2,700 miles across America.
Their passage is one of redemption – an outer transformation and an inner awakening – brought on by the communities who embrace them along the way, and by their encounters with spiritual guides who help them find the inner peace they so desperately seek.
Through their journey, the film provides an unprecedented exploration of moral injury – a term recently defined by mental health professionals as wounds to the soul caused by participation in events that go against one’s deeply held beliefs about right and wrong, and which many believe may be the leading cause behind the soldier suicide crisis in the US.
With its honest, deeply human storytelling, ALMOST SUNRISE shows vets, and those who love them, that these wounds can be healed– and reminds us all of the power of community to truly help bring our soldiers home.
Working with Impact Producer Jennifer MacArthur, and equipped with all that we learned and achieved through "Give Up Tomorrow" and the "Free Paco Now" campaign, we will bring our passion for impact, awareness and action to an engagement campaign that ignites this timely and much needed international dialogue around mental health, healing and war.
Michael Collins - Director
Michael is an Emmy® nominated filmmaker and the founder of Thoughtful Robot. In 2005 he directed "Caught in an Injustice", a one-hour documentary broadcast on Spanish national television that received Special Mention at the 15th International TV3 Actual Awards. In 2010 Michael’s short film, "Gerthy’s Roots", won the Belief Matters Award and was selected for the Media that Matters collection.
In 2011 he completed "Give Up Tomorrow", his documentary feature film seven years in the making. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. The film went on to screen in over 75 festivals in 40+ countries, winning 18 major awards including seven Audience Awards, four Human Rights Awards and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
Recently "Give Up Tomorrow" was selected for the Puma Impact Award and was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.
Marty Syjuco - Producer
Originally from the Philippines, Marty moved to New York City in 2000 and worked in film distribution at Focus Features, booking the theatrical releases of independent, commercial and Academy Award-winning films. In 2004 he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion: documentary filmmaking.
In 2005, he produced the one-hour film "Atrapado en la injusticia" broadcast on Spanish national television. He developed it into the feature-length documentary, "Give Up Tomorrow". The film was an ITVS co-production and commissioned by Nick Fraser for BBC’s Storyville, with support from the Sundance Documentary Film Program, Center for Asian American Media, Tribeca Film Institute, the Fledgling Fund, Bertha Foundation, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Good Pitch and BRITDOC, among others.
On broadcast television, "Give Up Tomorrow" has been seen by millions around the globe, including on the BBC, DR, SVT, Canal+ and on PBS in the USA as part of POV’s 25th anniversary season. In addition to being nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the film has received recognition from the Grierson British Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, Amnesty International’s Media Awards, and the Puma Impact Award.
Jennifer MacArthur - Impact Producer
Jennifer is a multi-platform communications, distribution and engagement strategist with a focus on social issue documentary. Her background spans nearly 20 years working in radio, film and television, digital media and publishing.
In 2008 she founded Borderline Media. Borderline's strategic design work includes campaigns for Almost Sunrise (in production); Out in the Night (POV, 2015); The Widowmaker (Film Buff, 2015); Southern Rites (HBO, 2015); Emmy® nominated Gideon’s Army (HBO, 2013), which premiered in US Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Editing Award; and Emmy® nominated Traces of the Trade (POV, 2008).
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