Operation Homecoming is a documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. The film is built upon a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of servicemen and women and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through interviews and dramatic readings, the film transforms selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and women serving in America's armed forces.
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Richard E. Robbins (director) is an award-winning producer and director who has been making documentaries for PBS, cable, and network television for more than a decade. The programs have ranged from the historical to the political to present-day breaking news. From 1998 to 2004 he made documentaries for Peter Jennings at ABC News, traveling to India, Pakistan, and the disputed region of Kashmir to produce Dark Horizon -- an in-depth look at the nuclear standoff. He currently lives in Los Angeles
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Jack Lewis (writer) is a guy who builds furniture and fixes motorcycles in Seattle, Washington. He deployed to Iraq in late 2004 with a detachment of Army Reserve soldiers (361st Psychological Operations Company), good people in hard circumstances that are hardly describable. Jack's scribbling experience includes many news and opinion pieces in small newspapers, for which he received a Society of Professional Journalists editorial writing award and the Darrell Bob Houston Journalism Prize before accidentally growing up and moving into the family business.
Director & Producer: Richard E. Robbins
Writer: Jack Lewis
Executive Producer: Tom Yellin
Editor: Gillian McCarthy
Co-Producers: Adam Hyman, Kristin Lesko
Production Coordinator: Megan Parlen
Associate Producer: Talleah Bridges
Director of Photography: Jason Ellson
Composer: Ben Decter
Visual Effects, Titles & Graphic: Dave Tecson, Edgeworx
Photographs: Antonin Kratochvil