I’ve been wanting to see Deborah Scranton’s documentary The War Tapes ever since I heard about it back in March, in large part because Scranton’s approach to the war documentary is an unusual one. Instead of aligning with a unit as an embedded reporter, Scranton gave cameras to three soldiers from the New Hampshire National Guard serving in Iraq, asking them to document their experiences, which were later edited and compiled into the final film by Scranton. The War Tapes has received a number of enthusiastic reviews, including these three from indieWire and a glowing review from Nora Ephron in The Huffington Post.
The official website offers quite a bit of information about the film, including outtakes and other reviews. The War Tapes opens this weekend in New York City, and the audience size in New York will likely affect how widely the film plays, so if you’re in the NYC area, check it out. A few other dates are scheduled, including a screening in DC’s E Street Theater starting June 30 (unfortunately I’m moving to Fayetteville that week and won’t be able to attend). Also, if your city is not yet scheduled, add yourself to Scranton’s Frappr map in order to show interest (BTW, the Frappr map is a really cool idea). There are already several others in the F’ville area who’ve expressed interest, and it would be fantastic to bring the film there.