Worth Watching - Dec 26: Sundance's Taking Chance Trailer
Our good friends over at SlashFilm have discovered the trailer for an upcoming Sundance film called Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon. There are usually a few Iraq war based films that always show up at Sundance but never go far, because audiences (for some odd reason) just never connect with them. While Taking Chance is related to the Iraq war, it definitely seems interestingly unique. Based on real-life events, the film follows Lt. Col. Michael Strobl (Bacon), a volunteer military escort officer, as he accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.
If you need any more convincing, we'll let Geoffrey Gilmore, Sundance's Director, explain why this is a film to keep your eyes on: "You might presume that yet another film about the war in Iraq couldn’t possibly reveal anything new… But you would be wrong. Taking Chance is without question one of the most powerful and vital films ever made about Iraq — or, for that matter, the military — and yet its potency comes not from melodramatic or political statements but simply from its reality and execution."
Watch the trailer for Taking Chance:
Taking Chance is both written and directed by filmmaker Ross Katz, who got his first job as a grip on Reservoir Dogs and later went on to produce a few Oscar nominated films, including In the Bedroom and Lost in Translation. This is Katz' feature debut as a writer and director. The screenplay was co-written by Katz and Michael Strobl, who also helped write a story in the documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, of which Taking Chance is based on. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January and will also eventually air on HBO in February of 2009.