Director: Amir Bar-Lev Producer: John BattsekEditors: Joshua Altman/Gabriel Rhodes/Joe Bini
A&E Indie Films present a Passion Pictures/Axis Films Production in Association with Diamond Docs and Embassy Row.
When Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, he 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. And when the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in Northern California, Pat's mother, Dannie Tillman, led a crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son's life and death. The Tillman Story resounds with emotion and insight, and goes beyond an indictment of the government to touch on themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND BY DUSK By Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino
Premiere: 2010 Sundance Film Festival - acquired by The Weinstein Company for US release, Fall 2010.
"A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies
. 'The Tillman Story' mixes talking heads and archival footage into a detective story of escalatingly scandalous proportions
." Dennis Harvey, VARIETY
"You will be disturbed and saddened by this gripping film, which explores Tillman's iconoclastic personality and his family's tenacity in rooting out the truth." Kenny Turan, LA TIMES"
Knock out..." Jeff Wells, WALL STREET JOURNAL
Bar-Lev captures something ineffable about the cost of war, suggesting that the real front is somewhere back home." Bilge Ebiri, NY MAGAZINE
"The documentary is very good.
It's a film that needs to be seen by as many people as possible. A maddening experience, but a necessary one." Michelle Kung, FIRSTSHOWING.NET
In this funny, profane and profoundly sad film, Bar-Lev depicts Tillman and his similarly unconventional parents and brothers as belonging to a vanishing species: Americans who hew to no ideological standard, and who actually think for themselves." Andrew O'Hehir, SALON.COM
"A strong depiction of something that has been well-documented but never culled in this way. It's little wonder, given the themes, that Michael Moore attended the Saturday premiere, telling us afterward that the Tillman film is "one of the most important movies you'll ever see about the U.S. military." ..." Steve Zeitchik, /LA TIMES
"It's a winner .. and shows why docs do what mainstream media does not.... " Jim Fouratt, REEL DEAL
"...the evidence for the spin behind Tillman's posthumous appraisal comes through with particular clarity." Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
" ...The movie hits its political notes well, but its finest achievement is to humanize Tillman." Manohla Dargis, NY TIMES