The stories of female Iraq war veterans will soon be told on the big screen as director Lance Kawas, known for directing the viral short films “Rise…” and “Revenge of the Mask” both of which can be seen on youtube, starts work on his latest independent project, “Silent War.”
Featuring character actors Melanie Mahanna as Specialist Smith, and Tequilla Whitfield as Specialist Duncan, “Silent War” tells the story of two female vets who suffer from PTSD, who face the spiral downfall from the aftermath of war once they return home from active duty in Iraq.
With the tagline, “War Is Hell… The Struggle To Survive Is Back Home.” this new film deals with PTSD and suicide in the military, a matter which has reached epidemic proportions. Mahanna as Specialist Smith is contemplating suicide. Whitfield is the voice of reason when in fact she, does not abide by the advice she bestows on Smith.
Both characters dug deep into their horrid time when they were ambushed on a dreadful day, and most of their platoon is wiped out. In a desperate struggle for survival, as they are both shot and burned, Smith manages to survive by reasoning with the ‘enemy,’ and helps Duncan until more American troops come to their rescue. What Smith endures leaves an everlasting burn in her heart and mind.
Duncan’s true friendship could be the antidote to Smith’s misery but Smith’s yearning to sleep peacefully forever besieges her as she feels what she has lost is irreplaceable…
Written By Lance Kawas and Danetta Barney, “Silent War” stars Jerry Narsh (Sergeant) Zack Kurz , Brian Heintz , Tim Parrish, Drew Haystead, David R. DeRousse , Dan Keary , Bobby Laenen, Melisa Sandlin , Timothy James Smith, Robert Holland , Jeffrey Marshall, Demetrius Tyrell Dennis, Javon Anderson, Ethan Kankula , with characters: Jessika Johnson, Christina Nicole, Bobby Leanen, Alex D. Hill , Joshua Lutey , Andrew Dawe-Collins , Will Bryson, Firas Shayota.
Director of Photography (DP), Istvan Lettang, stunts by Bobby Laenen, prosthetics and SFX by Dylan Sides, wardrobe by Christina Tomlinson, AD Tim Broaddus, sound by Matthew Sisco, music by Pierre Voucher, CGI by Dark Hoffman, steady cam by Gregg Johnson, makeup/hair Lisa North and Danielle Brown.
Production of “Silent War” starts May 1.