Competition Documentary Features
How To Fold A Flag
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL TUCKER AND PETRA EPPERLEIN
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Beginning with the Ernst Junger quote, “We were asked to believe that the war was over. We laughed, for we were the war,” HOW TO FOLD A FLAG tells the story of how four soldiers, who served together in the Army’s 2/3 Artillery unit, return home from Iraq and make the uneasy transition back into civilian life. Each of the soldiers takes a very different approach in adjusting to life after Iraq: Javorn makes jokes about his dilapidated home while confronting the sad reality of a terminally ill mother; Stuart, a heavy metal rocker, works at a convenience store; Michael is a cage fighter who struggles with the circumstances of his dishonorable discharge; and Jon is a Democratic candidate running for the U.S. Congress. HOW TO FOLD A FLAG, the latest work from the directors of Gunner Palace, is an unflinching look at soldiers who are no longer required to fight, and yet the war is still with them.
DIRECTED BY JASON TIPPET
USA, 2009, 10 MIN
Matt and Ryan are inseparable best friends, but as high school graduation approaches, they face an impending adulthood that threatens their bond.