Final Production for “Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson”

 Trailer (click below)WillsonClip

Support the Film (via the Indiegogo page)

It has taken three-years and we are in our final production stages for the documentary film, “Paying the Price for PeaceWe need your support to finish the film and spread the word to stop U.S. military aggression worldwide!

“Paying the Price for Peace” is a film made to open Americans’ eyes to the true costs of our continual military intervention around the world.

The film follows the story of S. Brian Willson, a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer, whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary non-violent pacifist.  In 1986, Brian and several veterans fasted for more than 40-days on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest against the war in Central America.

Then on September 1987, Brian and other Veterans Peace Action team members sat on the tracks to protest the Naval weapons train carrying missiles and bombs bound to be used against peaceful civilians in Central America.

 

Instead of the train slowing down for the protesters on the tracks, the conductor increased the speed of the train to three times its legal speed limit.. Brian tried to get off the tracks but the speeding train struck him, cracked his skull, and tore off both his legs.

 


Today, Brian continues his efforts to fight for peace on his prosthetic limbs. Please join him on his story and stop illegal American wars and other covert military actions waged against peaceful sovereign states and citizens internationally.

“Paying the Price for Peace” documents Brian’s journey and includes notable peace activists such as Daniel EllsbergFr. Roy BourgeoisBlase BonpaneMedea BenjaminRon KovicColonel Ann WrightCindy SheehanCamilo Mejia,  Maggie Martin, and other current outspoken anti-war US veterans. Please help us share their story.

We hope to complete the film by August 2015, in time to show it at the annual Veterans for Peace convention.

Did you know that:

  • The U.S. has launched 395 military interventions since the end of WWII until 2015, resulting in 20 million killed – all illegal. Plus 13,000 CIA covert operations resulting in 6 million killed
  • Former General Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. creates 10 enemies for every innocent person killed. All serious observers find that 80 to 90% of those killed in recent U.S. wars were innocent. 
  • The US has committed over $836 billion on Veterans’ medical care and disability benefits resulting from wars waged since 2001.
  • 22 US veterans commit suicide every single day.
  • $12 billion spent for an aircraft that doesn’t work.
  • 3% of U.S. military spending could end hunger and starvation on earth.

Please support this film to end U.S. military aggression worldwide.

Who’s Behind the Story?

This project is produced by Bo Boudart, who is an independent Producer, Director and Cameraman. Bo has over 35 years of experience in producing documentary films focused on social, environmental, and public policy issues that address critical issues facing Americans. His films have been widely distributed and broadcasted internationally, nominated for an Emmy Award, and have been aired on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and CBC. Please visit his IMDB or his website to learn more about his work.

Associate Producer, Frank Dorrel published the anti-war history book titled “Addicted to War, Why The U.S. Can’t Kick Militarism”and is the producer of the film, “What I’ve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy: The War Against the Third World”. He is a member of Veterans for Peace and was in the U.S. Air Force. Frank is on the executive board of The Office of the Americas and has worked with many peace and justice organizations in Los Angeles and around the country.

S. Brian Willson is a Veteran and Peace Activist. To learn more about Brian and his work, please visit Brian’s website.  Brian is also the author of the book, “Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson“.

The Production Team

S. Brian Willson, Vietnam Veteran, Peace Activist, and Author

Bo Boudart, Producer/Director/Videographer

Frank Dorrel,   Associate Producer

Becky Luening, Researcher

Nicole C. Scott, Digital Strategist & Social Media Director

Allan Baddock, Writer

Susan Utell, Editor

Khaboshi Imbukwa, Assistant Editor

Kem Stralka, Sound Recordist

Dawn Kwan, Publicist & Outreach

Bob Spitzer,  Documentary Cameraman/1980s footage

What will your money be used for?

We have worked on this documentary film for over three years and have strong footage with S. Brian Willson and other notable peace activists. We are currently raising the remainder of the final post production funding. 

Your money will go towards the final completion of the film, including:

  • Final online editing
  • Music composition and licensing
  • Video color correction
  • Audio mixing
  • Final DVD master

The Impact

You contribution will help:

  • Capture and share story of Brian Willson, a courageous man who lost his legs and refuses to stop speaking against injustices done to people worldwide;
  • Honor other early members of Veterans for Peace, and preview the film at the Veterans for Peace Convention in August, 2015;
  • Distribute this film nationwide to ignite the awareness and spark the dialogue of U.S. military aggression.
  • Spark the dialogue about U.S. military aggression and calls to action.

 

Other Ways to Donate

If you prefer not to use Paypal or pay by credit card,  you can send your tax deductible donations by check to:

Beau Monde Image Foundation 
PO Box 7395
Menlo Park, CA 94026

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can’t contribute money at this time, please help us spread the film:

  • Forward this campaign to your family and friends. Get the word out and help us finish this important film.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools, and post on your own blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linkedin accounts.  We need to get the word out about this documentary, so we can raise the necessary funds to finish the film.
  • Follow us on Facebook. Comment on our posts, and share the posts with your friends and family.

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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