This Week’s Snag Film: Unfinished Symphony

This week’s offering from Snag Films is Unfinished Symphony, an emotional, poetic, and lyrical journey back in time to reflect on the Vietnam War.

The film is divided into three sections which mirror the movements of Henryk Gorekis Symphony No. 3, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, to which the film is set. The film focuses on a three-day protest in the form of a march, staged by newly returned veterans. Reversing the same path as Paul Revere’s famous ride of 1775, the mounted protest sought to bring renewed awareness to a long-fought, losing battle. Festivals Played: Sundance Film Festival – January 2001, Woods Hole Film Festival – July 2001.

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This Week’s Snag Film: A Fighting Chance

Kyle Maynard has never let anything hold him back...

Kyle Maynard, a born quadruple amputee, who through a “No Excuses” life philosophy has become a nationally-ranked wrestler, strength record-holder, ESPY award-winner, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and MMA fighter.

A Fighting Chance” is a vivid, character-driven story unlike any before it.  Not only has Maynard learned to live life independently and without prosthetics, in the film he plans to fight in an official Mixed Martial Arts match – a highly controversial and dangerous goal – the film brings us to ask the question: what is a disability?  Should there be regulations against MMA fighting when such high risk is involved? The film ends with the climactic fight that will change Kyle’s life forever.

Maynard’s story is remarkable, and we especially think you’ll be touched by his work with wounded warriors, whom he calls “these heroes of mine.”  Plus, keep an eye out for a cameo by the USO’s own Sloan Gibson!

Like all Snag Films, this documentary is available to view and share for free, online, at any time.  We hope you’ll share it with the ones you love…

This Week’s Snag Film: Disco and Atomic War

Snag Film’s SummerFest continues with the world premiere of Disco and Atomic War, which asks the question: Did disco cause the collapse of the Soviet Union?

According to this lighthearted and informative film, nighttime soap operas and disco-dancing footage had as much to do with the Soviet’s demise as did any political movement.

Disco and Atomic War tells the story of a strange kind of information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. Despite a ban on western media, from the 1950s onward many Estonias were able to easily pick up Finnish radio and television broadcasts from across the border with homemade antennas. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children’s worldviews in those days—in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to the world of capitalism’s pleasures that the authorities could not block.

Blending dramatic reconstructions with talking heads and archival footage, the film includes some brilliant scenes such as, for instance, the filmmaker’s rural cousin Urve reading the latest “Dallas” plot developments to the entire town.

Remember, you can watch this documentary and many more for FREE any time you like at Snag Films!  Check out the USO Theater widget on the homepage, and learn about the non-profits and filmmakers supported by these documentaries…

This Week’s Snag Film: Shooting Robert King

This week’s film, Shooting Robert King, is the second being offered as part of Snag Films’ SummerFest.  It tracks the life and career of a combat photojournalist over 15 years and three wars. From reckless naivety to maturity hardened by war and softened by the love of his family, the film provides an interesting window into the complexities of this man’s motivations and the lessons, for good and ill, that come out of his years spent documenting war zones.

While this film is aimed at an adult audience, know that the USO Theater will continue to offer a wide variety of material, from the purely escapist to the laugh-out-loud humorous to the somber and serious. Our interest here is to provide a diverse range of free films that can be educational, entertaining, and spark useful dialogues.  As always, let us know what you think…

This Week’s Snag Film: The Age of Stupid

Snag Films kicks off their SummerFest with The Age of Stupid, a film from Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite (of The Lost World: Jurassic Park and The Usual Suspects fame) plays an old man living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek.

“Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Pete plays the founder of The Global Archive, a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity’s achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Pulling together clips of archive news and documentary from 1950-2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why, Pete’s exploration surfaces compelling footage and complex issues facing us in our world today. He asks: Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?”

And don’t forget that you can create a custom Snag Films theater widget any time you want!  We searched for the terms “military” and “soldiers” and found several fascinating documentaries, or type in “On Common Ground” or “Red, White, Black, and Blue” to get you started with some family-friendly fare.

You can always search for what interests you, and share these films whenever and wherever you like…

This Week’s Snag Film: Into the Thunder Dragon

This week’s free documentary from Snag Films is Into the Thunder Dragon, and it’s is like no other film you’ve ever seen.

Bring a rare, wild sport: extreme unicycling … to a remote Himalayan kingdom: Bhutan … and you have a recipe for unbelievable adventure!  Get ready for a spell-binding road trip and an enchanting journey unicycling on perilous 1,000-year-old caravan trails through the mountains and valleys of Bhutan—along with an intimate look at its unique people and rich culture.