The interview is part of MyNorth.com's "Behind the Screen" Series -- Video Extras To Enrich The Film Fest Experience -- designed to give Traverse City Film Festival goers and film fans alike a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at the festival, but also to shed light on and expand upon themes presented in the daily filmmaker panels.
The Donahue interview video, which is available today at MyNorth.com/video, takes a deeper look at some of the political points made during the preceding panel discussion, "The Phil Donahue Show, Live in Traverse City," which featured filmmakers and luminaries such as director Stanley Donen ("Singin' in the Rain") and screenwriter-director Elaine May ("The Heartbreak Kid"). The TCFF panel was sponsored by Ungaretti & Harris LLP.
In addition, the interview sheds light on what led Donahue to make the film, what role corporate media coverage of war stories plays in the national discussion of the Iraq and Afghani wars, and where documentary filmmaking comes in to fill the gulf between what is covered and what remains untouched by many media outlets.
The interview also includes a discussion between Donahue and TCFF volunteer Mark Dragovich, himself a wounded veteran of Operation Desert Storm regarding Donahue's views on war coverage, the plight of returning, injured soldiers, and Dragovich's work with Haven, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping to employ disabled veterans.
Coverage of the Traverse City Film Festival's panel discussions continues on MyNorth.com. Panel Discussions at the Film Fest are free to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited to the seating available at the City Opera House.
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