'Get Low' Director Aaron Schneider Meets 'The Conscientious Objector'
One of my favorite indie films that did not break out last year was Get Low, the period drama starring Robert Duvall as a Tennessee hermit who wanted to attend his own funeral (here is my review). If you haven't seen it yet, it's on Netflix and is worth watching. The film was the feature directorial debut of Aaron Schneider, a cinematographer-turned-filmmaker who also won an Oscar in 2004 for his short film Two Soldiers. Schneider has apparently been picky about his follow-up to Get Low, but Deadline reports he has said yes and is set to direct The Conscientious Objector for Walden Media, a story about a WWII medic.
The Conscientious Objector, from a script written by Robert Schenkkan (The Quiet American, "The Pacific", Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles), tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. As a Seventh-day Adventist refusing to kill, Doss served as a medic and braved intense enemy fire to rescue 75 wounded GI's during the Battle of Okinawa. Soldiers who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond's simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon now owed their lives to him. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict, director of the 2004 doc about Doss.
As a fan of Schneider and his work on Get Low, I'm anxious to see his follow-up, especially something set around WWII. No details on when this will start shooting, as Deadline reminds us it's "the first thing he said yes to direct," but let's hope it's sooner than later. If you haven't seen Get Low yet, now's your chance. In the meantime, we'll keep an eye out for this and will keep everyone updated on this film and Schneider's career.