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Sebastian Junger Grieves for Fallen Comrade Tim Hetherington Via HBO Doc 'Which Way is the Front Line from Here?' (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 20, 2013 at 5:29PM

Sebastian Junger is a tough guy. The whip-smart Vanity Fair contributing editor and author ("War," "Fire," "The Perfect Storm") has put himself in dangerous situations, from Liberia and Niger to Sierra Leone, as an occupational hazard. He won a National Magazine Award for reporting the Oct. 1999 Vanity Fair article “The Forensics of War.” But when he heard of the death of his best friend, British filmmaker and war photographer Tim Hetherington, 40, who had co-directed with him the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan doc "Restrepo," Junger gave up his jones for danger.

After a combat medic told Junger that Hetherington might have been saved from his serious shrapnel wound if someone had stopped the bleeding, Junger started a non-profit foundation, RISC, Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, that seeks to medically educate and protect combat journalists.

Alan Huffman's book "Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington," was published in March. Hetherington's family has gifted The Estate of Tim Hetherington to The Tim Hetherington Charitable Trust, which will use all proceeds from his photographs, exhibitions, books and films for humanitarian causes. Visit for more information.

Sleeping Soliders, an outdoor exhibition of Hetherington’s work at The International Center of Photography (ICP), with photographs provided by Manhattan’s Yossi Milo Gallery, will open to the public from Thursday, April 4 through Monday, May 13.

Junger is moving on to make another HBO documentary and book: "I can't talk about it in detail," he says. "It's slightly harmlessly illegal, and it's in this country."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.