Wounded Warrior Project will benefit from The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society Documentary Film Series screening of the award-winning film Body of War directed by television legend Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. A post-screening Q&A led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Morton Dean will feature Phil Donahue. Body of War is an award-winning feature documentary about a 25-year-old paralyzed vet, Tomas Young whose journey portrays how he comes to terms with his disability. Pictured is Mr. Donahue. For tickets ($10 adults, $25 with meet & greet with Phil Donahue, $7.50 seniors, $5 students), call or visit the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. (contributed photo)
Body of War, a film produced and directed by Ellen Spiro and TV legend Phil Donahue, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to several standing ovations and acclaim. It won Best Documentary from the prestigious National Board of Review and was nominated for Best Documentary from Producer's Guild of America. Body of War was short-listed for an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary and was released through Landmark Theatres. This intimate and transformational documentary about the true face of war today will be screened at The Ridgefield Playhouse by the Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society Documentary Film Series on Friday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m. Emmy Award-winning journalist Morton Dean will host a post-screening Q&A with Phil Donahue. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This event is underwritten by Cohen and Wolf, P.C., The Ridgefield Press and Sony XDCAM HD.
The hero of the film, Tomas Young, is a 25-year-old veteran who returns from Iraq after less than a week because he is paralyzed from a bullet to his spine. Body of War is Tomas' coming home story documenting how is evolves into a new person, comes to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. It is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of an extraordinary young hero.
Body of War unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, Tomas is evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. On the other, the historic debate in Congress about going to war in Iraq is unfolding. Because of his disability, the simple everyday activities for Tomas are complicated and challenging. War is personalized as the film depicts many remarkable scenes portraying Tomas’ vulnerability as he interacts with his wife, family, and friends.
Seating is limited at the popular Film Series events. For reserved seats, ($10 adults, $25 with meet & greet with Phil Donahue, $7.50 seniors, $5 students), call or visit the box office at (203) 438-5795, or go to ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.