A very good, visceral tour de force involving returning veterans to the home front; thorny issues of drug abuse, PTSD and the role of family support and all community. It’s a vital story that sheds NEW light on a sensitive area; I’m deeply honored to have been at its Premiere at our Thin Line Festival.Dr. Mark C. Fearing
In an effort to unravel her own journey of dealing with PTSD and the aftermath of war, a Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching impact of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation.
Filmed over a 9-year period, the documentary unexpectedly becomes a pilgrimage of forgiveness and understanding from a daughter to her dad.
Every warrior, who ever went to battle, is still there. Every family that warrior came home to, joined that battle. They know that the person who left them to defend our freedoms never returned.
The military family knows this. They maintain the silent dignity of the service. It’s part of the unspoken Code for the families of those who serve. But for those in the civilian world, that silence goes unnoticed.
BATTLEFIELD: HOME – BREAKING THE SILENCE is an attempt to bridge the gap between those two worlds. It is about the problems they face, the obstacles they endure, and it is also about the hope of the human spirit to return to being whole again.
As the daughter of a combat Marine, the director has the unique perspective to tell that story, and shine a light on the social divide between the families of those who serve and those they protect.
"Battlefield: Home Breaking the Silence," takes an unflinching look at the aftermath of war and the systems that are failing our veterans and their families. It’s also a validation that healing can occur when “resources” have human eyes and hearts and traumatized people get to tell their stories. Finally, it’s a labor of love and letter of forgiveness to her dad, by filmmaker and adult “child of war” Anita Sugimura.Brigid Brett, Co-Founder - Wives of War- San Diego
Anita Sugimura Holsapple – Director
Award-winning Japanese-American filmmaker with more than 14 years in broadcast television as a news producer and reporter, both in the U.S. and Japan as well as a former professional chef.
Battlefield: Home – Breaking The Silence is her first film, and was inspired by her own experiences as military child during the Vietnam War.
As the daughter of a Japanese survivor of the bombing of Japan, and a combat U.S. Marine, Anita is very experienced with the heartache of trauma and the fallout of war. Having lived both stateside and abroad during her 20 years under the military umbrella, Anita’s insight into the military community brings an often forgotten perspective of how war impacts every family member.
Aside from creating Battlefield: Home, Anita has also worked on the award-winning reality series, “The Amazing Race,” served as Military Liaison for Jon Gries’ film, Pickin’ & Grinnin’, and has assisted on other small projects. Currently, she is a co-collaborator on “Paging Dr. Faustus,” an upcoming feature documentary, in addition to working on her second film.
Anita is an active member of several organizations including the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Alliance of Women Directors, and NY Women In Film & Television.
Anita holds a Master’s of Science in International Conflict Analysis & Resolution and undergraduate degrees in Sociology/Psychology, as well as a degree in the culinary arts.
An award-winning writer, director and editor of both documentaries and fiction films, Brent has worked as an assistant in cutting rooms on a variety of films, including Larry Clark’s cult classic, “Bully,” David Fincher’s Oscar winning film, “the Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and Seth Rogen’s, “This is the End.”
Born and raised in Malibu, CA, Avaryl has been working as a freelance editor since graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 2008. Her specialty is in montages and mash-ups for a variety of websites, including Moviefone, Yahoo and AOL. Her work also includes music videos, trailers and documentaries.
Mr. Bernstein is very active as a composer of film and TV scores. He has composed scores for over 100 motion pictures, including genre classics A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original), The Entity, Stephen King’s Cujo, Dracula spoof Love At First Bite, and a wide variety of comedies, dramas and action films. He has provided music for Academy Award winning documentaries Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision and the all-music film Czechoslovakia 1968, as well as for the Tom Hanks Vietnam saga, Return with Honor. His many made-for-television films include the Jane Seymour historical epic Enslavement (Emmy Nominated for Best Score), HBO’s Emmy Award winning Miss Ever’s Boys with Alfrie Woodard, the Michael Mann Emmy winning 10-hour miniseries Drug Wars, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Emmy winning Caroline?, Jack London’s The Sea Wolf (Emmy nominated for Best Score), and Emmy Nominated mini-series The Long Hot Summer, as well as the acclaimed historical mini-series Sadat.
Patricia Lee Stotter
An Emmy award winning composer and writer for film, television, theatre and interactive media, Patricia has scored for numerous documentaries including, “Unchained Memories” for HBO, “Discovering Women” for PBS and many others, including “Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” a multi-platformed documentary that she also co-produced with Marcia Rock.
Ms. Stotter is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild as well as ASCAP.
Keith J. Ebow
Director of Photography
Keith Ebow- A South Louisiana native, Keith has more than 30 years as a video and still photographer. His works include interviews with numerous celebrities, as well as investigative pieces. Keith’s work can be seen on “E,” “BET,” and many other shows and feature films and documentaries.
Jeremy was a professional designer for almost two decades in the advertising and graphic design world of Dallas, Texas. He worked for various firms including DDB Needham, the Richards Group and Targetbase to name but a few. Jeremy has worked with many global brands & talented people in the agency world from Pepsi to Seagate, and Steve Frykholm to Seymour Chwast. He is now a professor at Nicholls State University.
Jeremy is a creative director, strategic thinker, old-school designer/typographer plus a whole lot more that brings a ton of creative energy to projects. Jeremy hails from Louisiana with a BFA in graphic design from LSU in 1997 and an MFA in 2014, Dean’s Medal recipient.
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War is hell. We all know this. But what makes war even more dangerous? It is the silence that warriors and families hold; that protective shield of honor and dignity often masking the pain of uncertainty and fear. It is the struggle to heal amidst the darkness of fleeting hope and despair. Battlefield: Home – Breaking The Silence delves into the silent pain, exposes the challenges, and unlocks the generational impact of trauma.