(in pre-production)

Home will never be the same again. The War Stories Project tells the story of the returning wounded veterans of the Iraq War and the impact of their return upon family and community. The proposal is comprised of three distinct projects. The first will be a narrative-fiction feature film based on true stories, inspired by real characters, and interwoven with documentary elements. The second film will be a cinema verité feature documentary that will be filmed over a few years by a 2-person crew, and periodically by the subjects themselves. Although different in approach and style, the two distinct films will both explore and expose the legacy of war’s psychological and physical aftermath. The unifying focus of these films will be the experience of the wounded returning home from Iraq, as told through one particular family member’s point of view. The third element of the project will be an educational DVD that will ultimately combine the elements from the first two phases to create a teaching tool useful to the organizations that cater to the needs of veterans and their families.

 The Creative Team

The essence of The War Stories Project—the relation between military family and community—is complex. Authenticity is key to the construction, intention, and relevance of these films. The four core creative personnel that make up this team have shown themselves adept at bringing together sensitive, personal and complex issues with larger themes. They share a combined history of making films that tackle complicated social and historical themes in a way that is accessible through the stories of individuals and groups caught in the dilemmas of life circumstances.

 In addition to DIRECTOR • PRODUCER Lucia Small and CO-DIRECTOR (Documentary) Ed Pincus, The War Stories Project creative team includes:

 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Terrence Malick was born in Illinois and grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. He is the director of Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, and The New World.

 EDITOR Karen Schmeer is most known for her several works with Errol Morris. She co-edited his Academy Award winning feature documentary on Robert McNamara, The Fog of War. She began her editing career as the co-editor of Morris' Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and then edited his documentary feature Mr. Death, released by Lions Gate, December 1999. Also in 1999, Schmeer edited Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson's Well Founded Fear, which screened at Sundance and Doc Fest 1999 and aired on POV in 2000.  In 2001, Schmeer edited Lucia Small's My Father, The Genius and the PBS's American Experience on John Nash, A Brilliant Madness.  In 2002, she completed Robb Moss' feature documentary The Same River Twice. She just finised editing a film about architect Frank Gehry.

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