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Rik Carlson

Profile Updated: March 22, 2016
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Burlington, VT USA
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Barbara
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Muse
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Cpl David Carlson, USMC
former active duty Marine, currently Coordinator of Veteran's Services at More…the University of Vermont,
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Author, Photographer, Web Designer, Director of ImmuneDysfunction.org, a 501(c)3 private foundation, mop boy at The Little Garden Market, Charlotte, Vermont

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Mar 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
CONTACT: Soren Sorensen
www.myfathersvietnamdoc.com

Gravitas Ventures to Distribute Award-Winning Documentary ‘My Father’s Vietnam’

Providence, RI (March 21, 2016) – Indie film distributor Gravitas Ventures acquired video on demand (VOD) and home video rights to “My Father’s Vietnam,” a new documentary from director Soren Sorensen. 

“My Father’s Vietnam,” which won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), will be released on VOD platforms on May 24, 2016 with a DVD release to follow this summer. “We’re just thrilled,” said director Soren Sorensen on behalf on his small cast and crew. “All we ever wanted for this film was for it to find an audience. With Gravitas Ventures on board, the film will reach more people than we ever thought possible.” Glen Reynolds and Alex Nohe of Circus Road Films negotiated the terms of the licensing agreement with Gravitas Ventures' Acquisitions Manager Michael Lange.  
 Given Gravitas Ventures’ recent success with Rory Kennedy’s 2014 Academy Award® nominated “Last Days in Vietnam,” Sorensen’s film was a natural fit.  “Gravitas is honored to be collaborating with Soren Sorensen to share the story of ‘My Father’s Vietnam,’” said Michael Lange. “It’s an incredibly impactful and personal documentary that we are proud to share with audiences across North America.”

The film, Sorensen’s first feature-length effort, focuses on the filmmaker’s father, Peter Sorensen, and two men he served with who were killed in Vietnam in 1970. “My Father’s Vietnam,” which earlier this year took home Best Picture (Documentary) at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival in Florida, deliberately eschews sensationalism in favor of subtlety.  “The Vietnam Era is the backdrop for a lot of big, infamous movies,” said Sorensen. “I deliberately made a quieter, more intimate Vietnam War film not only about my father’s year in Vietnam but also about our country’s connection to war in a broad sense.” The director added, “The film is really about war’s destructive impact on human relationships before, during and after these wars are waged.”  

Since its world premiere last August at RIIFF, screenings at festivals all over the country have resulted in tearful interactions, expressions of empathy and deeply moving reflections among Vietnam Veterans and their loved ones. Sorensen concluded, “As personal as the film is, I think I learned that my family’s story is not at all uncommon. This isn’t just my father’s story or my story. It’s everyone’s story.”

Free screenings in Vermont this month – Shelburne on the 24th and Essex Junction on the 28th – are being organized by Rik Carlson, brother-in-law of Loring Bailey, Jr., one of the film’s principal subjects. Carlson spearheaded publication of “Calm Frenzy: One Man’s Vietnam War,” a collection of Bailey’s letters home from the Vietnam War. For information about Vermont screenings or to purchase the book, please visit www.calmfrenzy.com.  

For more information about “My Father’s Vietnam,” please visit www.myfathersvietnamdoc.com or www.facebook.com/myfathersvietnam.   

ABOUT SOREN SORENSEN
Soren Sorensen is an award-winning filmmaker and composer of original music for film, television and web. Sorensen is co-creator, director and editor of Harvesting Rhode Island, a Rhode Island PBS series on the subject of local food and farming. Sorensen is an adjunct professor of Film Studies at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI and Screen Studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA. He also teaches directing and sound design at New York Film Academy’s summer program at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
  
ABOUT GRAVITAS VENTURES
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Their most recent releases include Colin Hanks’ “All Things Must Pass,” “Being Evel” from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, “Bleeding Heart” starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” and “Barney Thomson” starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.

www.myfathersvietnamdoc.com



WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

2016 Flagler Film Festival



WINNER - SOLDIERS AND SACRIFICE GRAND PRIZE

2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival



OFFICAL SELECTION

2015 Red Dirt International Film Festival

2015 FilmFest52

2015 New Haven International Film Festival

2016 Rapid Lion | The South African International Film Festival

2016 UK International Veterans Film Festival



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I give this film my highest praise. I want people to see it to understand the deep thinking that went into the tough decision made by most veterans to serve in that lengthy and controversial military engagement—now remembered as the Vietnam War. Many veterans paid a high price. The tribute to the fallen is breathtaking.



Jan Craig Scruggs, Esq.

Founder & President Emeritus

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

2600 Virginia Ave NW Suite 104

Washington DC 20037

www.vvmf.org





My Father's Vietnam is a powerful and gripping story---a worthy testament to complex lives and impossible choices made by young people coming of age while the world was in flames. These accidental heroes---soldiers, resisters, the women who waited and worried---emerge as fully human beings thrust into situations not of their making, struggling to make sense and create meaning out of chaos. This is a dazzling documentary and a necessary addition to the chronicle of the Viet Nam years.



Bill Ayers, author of Fugitive Days

www.billayers.org
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Posted on: Oct 06, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Sorry to miss you at the reunion.

This year I am hosting a Veteran's Day event in Vermont.
We were all witness to disturbing chapter of American history.

The Vietnam War: A Book and a Film.

The book is a sequence of letters written by a soldier from training through 5 months of
combat infantry. He was killed by a hidden explosive device on March 15, 1970.
http://www.calmfrenzy.com

My Father's Vietnam is an advanced screening of an unreleased film. The following link has a trailer and details.
http://www.calmfrenzy.com/film.html

"I give this film my highest praise. I want people to see it to understand the deep thinking that
went into the tough decision made by most veterans to serve in that lengthy and controversial
military engagement—now remembered as the Vietnam War. Many veterans paid a high
price. The tribute to the fallen is breathtaking."
Jan Craig Scruggs, Esq.,
President Emeritus
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
2600 Virginia Ave NW Suite 104
Washington DC 20037

Aug 11, 2015 at 8:39 AM

My son is the Coordinator of Veteran's Services at the University of Vermont. His name is David. It's a small world. Let me know next time you're here, I'm not far away. Vermont's a special place. I've been here since '72.

Aug 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Hay Rick I knew you were in VT somewhere with all those trucks and stuff. My daughter lives and works in Burlington. We visited her a few weeks back. She played field hockey at Villanova and was-or still is a goalie coach at UVM. Full time business making prosthetics and stuff.

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