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American Sons: Feature Documentary Currently in Development

Varelafilm and Digestible Media are proud to announce their latest film, currently in development, American Sons.

This feature length documentary focuses on the life and death of San Antonio-born Cpl. JV Villareal, Jr. and the men from 1/11 India Battery USMC who served and died with him in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Through verité, interviews, reenactments and recovered footage JV shot himself, this film explores what these men endured during those years and how they are living a decade after the heroic act that claimed his life, as well as the three other losses and injuries, in their unit.

For these men, life continues to be a war as they fight to adapt to civilian life in the country they fought so hard for. Though much has happened, they are still fighting these battles same way — together.

As the saying goes: Once a Marine, always a Marine.

KAJAKI, AFGHANISTAN – OCTOBER 13: U.S. Marines attached to India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment shield an Afghani civilian who was severely injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) from a cloud of dust from a MEDEVAC helicopter as they prepare to load him near Forward Operating Base (FOB) Zeebrugge on October 13, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. The Marines were on patrol when they heard the explosion, shortly after villagers brought the victim to them for help. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Producer Laura Varela and Producer/Director Andrew Gonzales have asked Cpl JV Villareal’s sister April Rodriguez to come on as a Producer to help create a project that will:

1. Preserve the memory of our fallen San Antonio heroes.
2. Provide awareness for mental health of our nations veterans returning from foreign wars.
3. Elevate the art of filmmaking in our San Antonio community in the national conversation.

For more information or to get involved please email [email protected] media.

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