By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater May 23, 2008 at 2:08AM
Congratulations to former Penn State student and Pennsylvania National Guardsman Jeremy Zerechak, who just announced a TV broadcast and DVD distribution deal with Anywhere Road Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada for his documentary, LAND OF CONFUSION. The eye-opening film, which recently had its World Premiere at the 2008 Florida Film Festival where it won a "Special Jury Award for Bold Truth," shows what happened when Jeremy's unit was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as part of a secretive group charged with the duty of locating the infamous weapons of mass destruction. The fact that he brought his cameras with him every step of the absurd way (including training in the snows of Fort Dix, New Jersey!) and was able to shoot (and keep) tons of footage "not under the direction of the Army" is a miracle. LAND OF CONFUSION presents an uncensored and unflinching look at war, one in which the bravery of our fighting men is undone by the corruption, chaos, and futility of their mission.
There's a lot of fine Iraq war docs out there at the moment, and Jeremy's film deserves to mentioned and seen with the best of 'em. I'm thrilled that people besides festival audiences will get a chance to see this important work--and having met him and spending a few days hanging out early last month, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.