Almost Sunrise

Haunted by memories of war, two Iraq veterans walk together across America and discover an unlikely way to recovery.

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Premiere Date
November 13, 2017
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2017 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary
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    2018 CINE Golden Eagle Awards-CINE Golden Eagle Award - Current Affairs or Investigations
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    2016 Mountainfilm in Telluride-Moving Mountains Prize
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    Michael Collins

    Collins is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a production company specializing in documentary films that galvanize change. In 2005, he directed Caught in an Injustice, a one-hour documentary broadcast on Spanish national television that received Special Mention at the 15th International TV3 Actual Awards. In 2010 Show more Michael’s short film, Gerthy’s Roots, won the Belief Matters Award and was selected for the Media that Matters collection. In 2011, he completed Give Up Tomorrow, his documentary feature film seven years in the making. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Best New Director. The film went on to screen in over 80 festivals in 40+ countries, winning 18 major awards including seven Audience Awards, four Human Rights Awards and the Activism Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. Give Up Tomorrow was selected as a finalist for the Puma Impact Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Show less

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    Marty Syjuco

    Originally from the Philippines, Syjuco moved to New York City in 2000 and worked in film distribution at Focus Features, booking the theatrical releases of independent, commercial, and Academy Award-winning films. In 2004, he took a leap of faith to pursue his passion: nonfiction filmmaking. In 2005, he produced the one-hour film Atrapado en la Show more Injusticia, which was broadcast on Spanish national television. He developed it into the feature-length documentary, Give Up Tomorrow. The film was an ITVS co-production and commissioned by Nick Fraser for BBC’s Storyville, with support from the Sundance Documentary Film Program, CAAM, Tribeca Film Institute, Fledgling Fund, Bertha Foundation and BRITDOC, among others. To date it has broadcast in over 10 territories, including BBC, DR, SVT, Canal+ and as part of POV’s 25th anniversary season. In addition to being nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Give Up Tomorrow has received recognition from the Grierson British Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, Amnesty International’s Media Awards, and the Puma Impact Award. Show less

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    The Film

    Almost Sunrise follows two young men on an epic journey of healing. Haunted by memories of combat, Iraq veterans Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson are driven to drink and depression. Fearful of succumbing to the raging epidemic of veteran suicide (22 per day), they seek a lifeline. Together they embark on a 2,700 mile walk across America as a way to confront the inner torment that threatens to tear their lives apart.

    With the imminent draw down of troops in Afghanistan, this timely documentary is the first to explore the groundbreaking field of “moral injury” – the burden of intense shame arising when a soldier’s actions in the line of duty violate his moral beliefs.

    Almost Sunrise captures an intimate portrait of two friends who struggle with the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power, not of pills, but of silence and meditation.