Day Zero

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I recently
noticed a “surge” in traffic at dayzerothemovie.com
and traced much of the activity back to lewrockwell.com/blog.  It
turns out that Frank
Golubski posted a notice
about the film and linked to our site.
 My curiosity about Lew led to a brief correspondence with
him about the film, and he suggested I tell you a little bit about
Day Zero, why we made it, and why we believe it to be an important
and timely film.

Day
Zero is an independent drama that follows three best friends (Elijah
Wood, Chris Klein, Jon Bernthal) in NYC after they receive their
draft notices and are given 30 days to report for duty.  It
takes place in an imagined near-future wherein the war on terror
has expanded, requiring a draft to fill the ranks.  The film
follows the friends during this 30-day period during which they
confront their beliefs about duty, honor, courage, friendship and
love.  The film also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Ally Sheedy, Elisabeth
Moss, and Sofia Vassilieva.

I produced
the film, which we shot in April 2006 and World Premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007.  Of note, the trio of
writer, director and producer included (in no particular order)
a liberal, a conservative, and a centrist.  So how did we collaborate
to make a “political” film?  The answer, for my part at least,
is that we didn’t make a political film in the traditional sense
which, to me, is one that takes a biased stance and attempts to
persuade the audience to its argument.

Instead, we
made a film meant to provoke thought, introspection, discussion,
and debate.  Mandatory conscription is a concept and practice
that dates back literally millennia.   Day Zero asks the
simple but universal question: what would you do if called to serve?
  It’s a question, like those surrounding guns or abortion,
about which people tend to have extremely strong opinions.  It’s
a question whose answer is ultimately rooted in all that is deeply
personal.  

Is
it influenced by one’s view of government (left or right), war,
class, or religion and morality?  Of course.  But it is
also shaped by who we are, how we perceive ourselves, how others
perceive us and interact with us, and how we live our lives.  These
latter, most personal factors are ones we rarely stop and think
about (for the most part).  

With Day Zero,
what we’ve tried to do is to get people to stop and ponder for themselves
— not a knee jerk, but a consideration . . . when you come home
from work, check the mailbox, and sort through the pile — you see
that envelope from the Selective Service Administration . . . what
do you do?  How do you feel?  How do you respond?  How
do you treat others around you?  And ultimately — what choice
do you make?

What’s been
most gratifying, in this age of disposable entertainment (when was
the last time you chatted about a blockbuster beyond the ride home
from the theater?) is how the audiences at our screenings let us
know — by email, phone, blog posts, reviews, etc. — that Day Zero
stayed with them.  They continue to think about the characters
and how they would respond in their place long after the credits
rolled.  Even better — they continue to discuss it with their
friends and family.  In that regard, I’m extremely proud and
feel like we did our job.

Day Zero is
due for a small-scale theatrical release later this year.  If
successful it will be rolled out to more screens in more markets.
 It will also eventually be available on DVD.  We hope
to see you in the theater, and hope the film stays with you long
after.

August
9, 2007

Anthony
Moody [send
him mail
] is producer of Day
Zero
. See also his production
company
.

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