Excerpts from a new documentary work-in-progress, "Our Own Private Battlefield," by Donna Musil, Writer-Director of the award-winning documentary, "BRATS: Our Journey Home," narrated by Kris Kristofferson. "Battlefield" features father-daughter artists, Tom and Lora Beldon, who have used art to help heal the wounds of a family torn apart by the Vietnam War. After a 15-year separation, the career Marine veteran showed up at one of Lora's exhibits. Unbeknownst to the other, each had been making art to explore their military-related experiences; Lora through her conceptual art and Tom through his installation art.
"Battlefield" is also one of the first theatrical explorations of the long-term effects of deployment, PTSD, and second-generational PTSD on one military family. By reaching out and taking a chance, the Beldons have discovered that it's never too late to be a family again.
"Battlefield" is a work-in-progress, and these excerpts are being featured, along with Lora's art and photographs of Tom's installations, in "UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show," the first contemporary art exhibit exploring one of America's largest, but least known subcultures: Military Brats. Military brats Lora Beldon and Donna Musil co-curated "UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show," which won the Newman's Own Award for innovative programs that improve the quality of life for military families, past and present. "UNCLASSIFIED" is currently continue touring the country.
For more information about "Our Own Private Battlefield" or "UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show," please contact Donna Musil at Brats Without Borders at info@USAbrat.org or Lora Beldon at LKBeldon@hotmail.com.