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"Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click."



United States, 2004, MiniDV - Color - 115 min.

DIRECTED BY:
Canaan Brumley

SCREENPLAY:
Canaan Brumley

PRODUCER:
Canaan Brumley, Brian Kellison, Tim Ahlin.

WORLD SALES:
None.

STORY DESCRIPTION:

This is the story of United States Marine Corps drill instructors and the many recruits that they train during one trip through boot camp. Told through the eyes and ears of thirteen principle characters, this is an intimate and cinematic exploration of military dehumanization, contrasting with the individual personalities that allow for emotional and comic suspension. Beginning inside of a moving bus, recruits are literally sitting on the floor because every inch of seat space is taken up. The days and nights of the recruits are saturated with moments that one might only see in the movies. From the first time at the chow hall, to the first shower, these characters experience events that are a testament to the human ability of adapting. Once these recruits become acclimated to their new life and surroundings they are forced again to have to learn how to adjust, for they once again have to take another bus ride to a new and unpredictable world. Where the first part of boot camp is in an urban surrounding, this final test is isolated in the mountains and wilderness. Here is also where these recruits will spend Christmas and New Year’s and with an unexpected twist are allowed to watch a movie. After the challenges of this wilderness world, the recruits take their final bus ride, now prepared to “kill, kill, kill ‘em all.”
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

This is my first feature length anything. It was produced while I was a student in film school, so it’s difficult for me not to regard it as a culmination of my experiences there. Whether it really matters or not, this documentary is my love letter to the cinema. In 1979 Francois Trauffaut wrote, ”It is clear on reading and looking at it that the cinema is at its best whenever man-the-filmmaker succeeds in bending the machine to his own desires and so allows us into his dreams.” I hope that you enjoy my dream...

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