The STF Fall Season came to a close with a sneak preview of the profound film about American veterans of the Iraq war HOW TO FOLD A FLAG. The filmmakers Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, who showed their previous film THE PRISONER OR: HOW I PLANNED TO KILL TONY BLAIR at STF in 2007, were joined for the Q&A by Jon Powers, one of the soldiers featured in FLAG, who ran for Congress in upstate New York last year. Today, Powers works for the Truman Project, a policy center on national security in Washington, DC. He noted the symbolism of the night’s STF show taking place at the same time President Obama was declaring his intention to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Powers said he hoped the film would make audiences better understand the consequences of what soldiers endure.
The audience was populated with many STF alumni including Margaret Brown (ORDER OF MYTHS), David Schisgall (VERY YOUNG GIRLS), Nina Davenport (OPERATION FILMMAKER), Lucia Small (THE AXE IN THE ATTIC), Andrew Rossi (A TABLE IN HEAVEN), Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard (filmmakers behind THE GLASS HOUSE) as well as Oscar nominee Carl Deal (TROUBLE THE WATER), who all had high praise for Tucker and Epperlein in discussions after the film.