Pat Tillman murdered for Chomsky...
chomsky. He had to die, the US war in Afghanistan would have
been impossible after such a controversy.
HERO sports-star crazy? US public opinion would have
agreed with Tilman! They would have stopped the war of oil-conquest
Sundance 2010: Michael Moore loves the Pat Tillman documentary, but will middle America?
January 24, 2010 | 12:20 pm
Amir Bar-Lev, who was behind the Sundance hit "My Kid Could Paint That" a few years back, returns to the festival this year with a documentary about Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinal who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after leaving behind his NFL career to enlist.
Bar-Lev directs "The Tillman Story" (formerly "I'm Pat ____Tillman," after what may have been the soldier's last words) with aplomb. Audiences essentially get two movies for the price of one: a portrait of a complex personality (a man who gave up everything to join the Army but also read the antiwar writings from Noam Chomsky) as well as the depth and scope of a U.S. military cover-up of his death by friendly fire. Bar-Lev's film, which premiered Saturday afternoon in Park City, Utah, is a strong depiction of something that has been well-documented but never culled in this way. What's notable is that, according to what the movie and the Tillman family allege, it wasn't simply the Army's incompetence that led them to say his death came from enemy fire, but an active and cynical desire to shape him into something he wasn't -- and in turn help sell a skeptical nation on a war.It's little wonder, given the themes, that Michael Moore attended the Saturday premiere, telling us afterward that the Tillman film is "one of the most important movies you'll ever see about the U.S. military."But for all the movie's creative virtues, (it's also a pretty compelling meditation on hero worship), there's a marketing snag to whatever distributor winds up buying it out of Park City. Tillman's fan base is comprised at least partly of the patriots and pro-militarists, the hawks and the Fox News watchers, who found inspiration in the story of a football player who decides to fight for the U.S. entirely of his own accord. Indeed, part of the appeal of the movie -- as A&E Indie FIlms, which made it, and CAA and Submarine Entertainment, which is selling it, have reminded -- is that the Tillman name recognition will help it play to a right-wing audience.