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THE WAR TAPES on BLACKFIVE and ANDI'S WORLD

We were so incredibly psyched to see that THE WAR TAPES made both Andi’s World and Blackfive this weekend. Thanks to both Andi and Matt for the shout outs! We really appreciate it.

A couple weeks ago, I got to meet Blackfive in the ‘windy city’. He met me at the airport and then we went to an Irish bar, hunkered down in the back and screened the film. Luckily he had brought headphones. One thing is for sure, Matt really keeps you on your toes and asks some very insightful questions. And he's a redhead.

One of his first questions was whether this film takes a political stand? It is the question that I’m most often asked, usually accompanied by a great deal of eyes squinting intently at me. (Andi talks about her own squint here). My reply is always the same, for me, the film is about people, not policy or politics. It probably is inevitable that policy and political discussions will ignite from it (which I think could be a good thing), but there is no agenda framing it. There are various points of view in it -- from all out hooah to cynicism.

The most important thing for me is that we not start treating war as an abstraction. Every war is different, every battle is different, every person who fights is different -- and the more concrete and real we can be in really understanding that on a visceral level, the better.

The second most frequently asked question to me is, are you yourself political? Yes, I'm very political, but my politics are about citizen journalism, not about policy. On this war, I've made a choice to dedicate myself to enabling these stories -- that's my politics. Blackfive gets it -- "the intent of this documentary... is to tell the story from many different view points." Its an interesting process, subsuming yourself in other people's stories. But more about that later...