From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man’s personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley. Masterfully contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home, HELL AND BACK AGAIN lays bare the true cost of war.
Sabotage Film’s Thomas Brunner and Gernot Schaffler cofinanced and coproduced the Documentary as executive producers. Just like Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE, HELL AND BACK AGAIN also was a close collaboration with the New York based, Austrian filmproducer Karol Martesko-Fenster.
Now the winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize & Cinematography Prize is getting a theatrical Release: In October 2011 New Video will bring the Docu-Drama to theaters all over North America.
Director – Danfung Dennis
Producers – Mike Lerner/Martin Herring
Executive Producers – Dan Cogan/Karol Martesko-Fenster/Gernot Schaffler/Thomas Brunner
Editor – Fiona Otway
Music & Sound Design – J. Ralph
Original Song – “Hell And Back”
Music & Lyrics – J. Ralph
Performed by – Willie Nelson