G.I. Hospital in 31 festivals, with 5 awards!
Gonna Be a Soldier in 45 festivals, with 5 awards!
I have been acting for quite some time, and it is still not very often that I get a script that is not only substantial, but also aligns with my personal beliefs. When I received the Gonna Be a Soldier script, I felt like I hit the actress jackpot. The subject matter, as well as the ironic writing style, was right up my alley. Gonna Be a Soldier says everything I want to say about war in the exact way that I would want to say it. It was an honor to be a part of this magical short film.
The purpose of these films is to help people to think a bit more deeply about this thing we call war, which is the killing and maiming of our fellows, and the death and suffering of young people in uniform in the name of lofty goals, but which always involves money and power and greed. But rather than convey my message through the dark lens of gritty documentaries, I choose to use humor.
It is not my intention to disparage soldiers or veterans. I hope to one day explore the experiences of veterans in a feature-length film, and I welcome comments from all veterans (but especially those whose beliefs have changed after their service).
“When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.”
“To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.”
“All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.”
“Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind… War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”