Gravitas and Broad Green have also acquired the upcoming documentary Danger Close, currently in production and set for release in 2017, and the 2014 Afghanistan War docu The Hornet’s Nest, also directed by Salzberg and Tureaud.
Set for release August 30, Citizen Soldier tells the story of a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known since World War II as the Thunderbirds. Using 100% real footage taken from multiple cameras and shot without a political point of view, the ground-level view of war follows the group in Afghanistan during the height of the 2007 escalation of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan known as "the surge." In the vein of 2012’s Act of Valor, the film shows how the soldiers embody the military ethos of never leaving a fallen comrade behind and details exactly what they went through on the front lines of the war on terror.
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"In making the film Citizen Soldier, we wanted the audience to feel the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, witness real valor under the most hellish of conditions," said co-directors David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud. "This 100% real-life contemporary ‘Band of Brothers’ story immerses viewers in the soldiers’ experience, with no judgment or political point of view, unveiling a team of ordinary men and women coming together under extraordinary circumstances."
Said Gravitas President and Army veteran Michael Murphy: "Working with these filmmakers has personal significance for me, and we’re thrilled to be working on these important films. Each picture is unique in story and voice and so from a distribution standpoint we’re excited about our comprehensive strategy for the entire body of work.
Directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud of Strong Eagle Media, Citizen Soldier was produced by Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, along with Bert Bedrosian and Eran Harrill of SEM. SEM partner Wendy R. Anderson executive produced in association with Charlie Anderson and Mike Camello from Charlie Mike Productions and John Brenkus, Jason Mergott and Frank Sinton from BASE Productions.