Lead The Way, Directed by Josh Carrasquillo (Ireland/France) - As a retired United States Army Ranger, Special Forces Green Beret, and Tier 1 Assault Sergeant Major, John “Shrek” McPhee has seen the world and war like few have. In this documentary short, John travels through Ireland and France to learn about the sacrifices of the allied forces during World War II and the history of the United States Army Rangers and Paratroopers. The film takes place during the 75th Anniversary of D-day, in Normandy, France. "The film "Lead The Way" was an opportunity for me to gain perspective through the lens of veterans and their deep connectedness to their predecessors. Finding the story while traveling with a group of United States Army Rangers was a great creative challenge and ultimately led to a meaningful film that I hope provokes thought on what veterans experience. The individuals I travelled with are each connected and very much their own character. They each have experienced the brutality of war and they provided me with a great perspective and respect for the history that we experienced together. I hope the film provides audiences with a glimpse into what veterans past and present experience as they navigate a world after war."

Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Winter 2021 Official Selection

Nevada Short Film Festival - Spring 2021 Official Selection

 

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