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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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