Attention Servicemember by Ben Brody is the January 2020 Book-of-the-Month for Charcoal Book Club. Film by Michael Raines.
Inspired by military field manuals, Attention Servicemember invites viewers through an evolving and often wickedly funny creative process - some pictures are intimate snapshots, some are slick jingoistic propaganda, others are meditative and subtle tableaus. Writing from an intensely personal perspective, he also offers an insiders’ view of the military, the media, and their contentious but symbiotic partnership. Anyone wondering how we wound up trusting serial liars and arguing about fake news should take a closer look at the cognitive disconnection in Baghdad and Kabul during the height of the wars. With a darkly engaging design treatment by Kummer & Herrman, Attention Servicemember is a powerful passport to that world.