A new trailer has been released for Amir Bar-Lev’s (My Kid Could Paint That) The Tillman Story and I highly recommend taking a look. I got a chance to see the film at this year’s Sundance and absolutely loved it (The Documentary Blog review is here), it’s smart, incredibly shocking and definitely one of those films that leaves you baffled as to how these things happen.
Official synopsis: Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002 and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death.
Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat’s fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command, but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.
The Tillman Story will start a limited theatrical release from August 20th and you can register on the official website for updates – here.