Excl: Trailer for Max Martini's Veteran PTSD Drama 'Sgt. Will Gardner'

November 30, 2018
Source: YouTube

Sgt. Will Gardner Trailer

"I had a purpose over there." "You got one here, too." FS is proud to exclusively debut the official trailer for a film titled Sgt. Will Gardner, another emotional drama about soldiers returning home from war with PTSD, struggling to reintegrate into society. Actor Max Martini writes, directs, produces, and stars in this film as Will Gardner, an Iraq War veteran who sets out on a cross-country motorcycle journey with the plan to reunite with his young son. "My hope with Sgt. Will Gardner is to raise awareness for the on-going battles which returning soldiers encounter," said Martini, whose production company, Mona Vista Productions, will donate a portion of the film's proceeds to three charities which support veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD and veteran homelessness: Higher Ground, Warriors Heart and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The film also co-stars Lily Rabe, Luis Bordonada, Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Röhm, Omari Hardwick, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Holt McCallany, and Robert Patrick. See below.

Here's the first official trailer (+ new poster) for Max Martini's Sgt. Will Gardner, direct from YouTube:

Sgt. Will Gardner Movie

Sgt. Will Gardner Poster

For more info and updates on Sgt. Will Gardner, visit the film's Facebook page or follow @SgtWillGardner.

Sgt. Will Gardner tells the story of Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Max Martini) who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained with his platoon while in combat. His injuries make it difficult for him to reintegrate into society. After a series of setbacks, he embarks on a spirited motorcycle journey across America with the goal of reuniting with his son. Along his journey, he tries to pick up the pieces of the life he’s lost since returning from combat. His PTSD causes frequent flashbacks to the Iraq War which he survives by having frequent conversations with Sam (Omari Hardwick), his best friend and war buddy. Sgt. Will Gardner is written, directed, and produced by American actor-turned-filmmaker Max Martini, directing his second feature film after making Desert Son in 1999 previously. Cinedigm will release Martini's Sgt. Will Gardner in select theater + on VOD starting January 11th right at the beginning of the New Year.

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Looks very decent. I will be curious to see what my soldier friends think.

DAVIDPD on Nov 30, 2018


I wrote this poem a couple of years ago. It relates very closely with the subject matter of Sgt Will Gardner. "Till Death Do Us Part" Thunderstorms stealing, through eternity of night, He walks point, down the trail, brightly illuminated by absence of light, Screams silently echo back to the horrible sights, Thunderous silence of corpses burned down to the bone, Smiling as if talking to mom on the phone, Hands and arms outreached, waving one last goodbye, Till death do us part; war and I, Tattooed on his soul with indelible ink, The aroma of death, the scent of war's stink, He cleanses with steel wool, using acid for soap, Scrubbing and rubbing without any hope, They wash not clean, these visions and scenes, War is forever, by any and all means, Sleep is not now what the warrior will do, There's an ambush ahead, from his point of view, Vigilance born of panic and hate, Hyper-vigilance is now his permanent state, The battles have ended, the warrior has come home, But war has come with him, He's never alone. David K. Winnett, Jr. Captain, USMC (Ret.)

David K Winnett Jr on Nov 30, 2018


Thank you for your service and powerful poem. There's some incredible imagery there.

THE_RAW_ on Dec 3, 2018


I can understand the personal drama, but I don't see anything interesting ...

shiboleth on Dec 1, 2018


My father served in WWII, and I can't bring myself to criticize any film that deals with this kinda thing. My father talked about the war once before he died. And it was the first and last time I ever saw him cry. Soldiers do the job none of us want to do, but all of us, secretly or otherwise, thank god or whomever they're there. And not us.

italianoscalliano on Dec 3, 2018


I'm not a fan of the music with this trailer, but the subject matter is poignant and deep seeded. I think my veteran friends and I will appreciate it...

THE_RAW_ on Dec 3, 2018


This was a great movie that shows the struggles our veterans go through for our freedom. We need to support them in a better way. Cast was great! Message was as well. Congrats to all involved.

Patty on Jan 13, 2019


Iraq had nothing to do with your freedom.

Rudi Pan on Sep 29, 2019


You know what would be nice? For Hollywood to make a movie about the hundreds of thousands of contractors who went over there and still suffer the same way, yet they do it ALL ALONE with no one to even talk to about their experiences.

crazedchef on May 23, 2019

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