Afghanistan Documentary ATTACK ON THE 4TH OF JULY Debuts on Hulu
A deadly 2009 assault on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan is chronicled in "Attack on the 4th of July," a gripping documentary premiering today in time for this holiday weekend on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service Hulu, Hulu Plus, and AllWarriorNetwork.com from TV4 Entertainment's military-themed video-on-demand channel All Warrior Network. The short film, produced by Musa Productions and Television Four Studios, was directed by Robert Ham, a two-time Emmy Award-winning director and three-time winner of the Department of Defense's Military Videographer of the Year award.
"Attack on the 4th of July," which includes real combat footage shot by Ham while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, recounts the July 4, 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Zerok with an emphasis on the dedication and teamwork showcased by the brave soldiers of Able Company 3-509th Infantry. The documentary - debuting on the fifth anniversary of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance - proves especially timely, as the events depicted occurred only five days after and an hour drive from where Bergdahl left his base in Afghanistan, ultimately leading to the chain of events that has taken the U.S. media, government, military and citizens by storm in recent weeks. Ham and Bergdahl were both members of the United States Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.
"While we can't definitively say why these events played out the way they did in Afghanistan, when you view this attack on Zerok, which took two American soldiers' lives just 100km away from Mest-Malak - the base Bergdahl was stationed at, and five days after his disappearance - it gives more context to the response we are seeing from service members surrounding his alleged desertion and recent return to the U.S.," said Ham. "We can't say if this would or would not have still been an 'Alamo' situation if resources were not being used elsewhere. But this film serves as a reminder of the constant danger our troops are in, and the bravery and camaraderie they exhibit even in the worst of conditions."
In addition to Hulu and AllWarriorNetwork.com, the film can be viewed on the recently-launched All Warrior Network (AWN) iPhone app, which allows audiences easier access to this documentary as well as the rest of AWN's library of military-themed content. The "All Warrior Network" app is currently available for download on the iTunes App Store.
In partnership with Musa Productions, LLC, a U.S. Veteran-owned production company, the All Warrior Network aggregates, curates, creates and distributes military-related programming such as the recently-debuted documentary "Fight For a Fallen Brother," focused on the 2009 death of PFC
- Fight for a Fallen Brother - This short documentary was made in memory of PFC
Patrick Allen Devoe, II, who was killed in action on March 8, 2009. It celebrates his impact on the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, and follows their continued engagement against the enemy at the Patrol Base in Afghanistan that bears his name.
- Enemy at the Gate - U.S. and Afghan Soldiers react to a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) that exploded at a traffic control point at Joint Combat Out Post Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan. This film is an on-the-ground perspective of how our Soldiers reacted to this Vicious attack.
- Level Black: PTSD and the War at Home - The Emmy Award-winning true story of SSG Billy Caviness and his ongoing fight with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Caviness is a Purple Heart recipient and has served four tours of duty including Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He suffered severe injuries after he was injured in a mortar attack in Afghanistan, and in Level Black, Caviness and his wife Tina talk about their struggle with his PTS and tell their uplifting story of how they have overcome the hardships surrounding it.
The All Warrior Network is one of several genre-specific, high-quality networks in TV4 Entertainment's Television Four Networks portfolio, available across TV4 Entertainment's distribution footprint.
About TV4 Entertainment
TV4 Entertainment is an early stage startup based in Los Angeles that aggregates high-quality video content into a portfolio of genre-specific Broadband Television Networks and super-distributes those Networks to any Internet-connected device. TV4 Entertainment aims to bring clarity to the digital chaos for owners and creators of high-quality video content around the world with a platform that simplifies and scales digital distribution while providing Transparent viewership and monetization data across its distribution network. Current curated programming includes the documentary channel DocComTV and the all-military channel All Warrior Network, and TV4 Entertainment also distributes the new business talk show McKENNA. TV4 Entertainment's mission is to program your passion with great storytelling on every screen, anywhere.
About Musa Productions, LLC
Musa Productions was created by former U.S. Army officers Captain Brian Chung and Lieutenant Colonel Greg Bishop. Musa Productions focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on military-themed content. They have produced an independent feature film "Ktown Cowboys" and for two South Korean feature films "The Suspect" (2013) and "Crying Man" (summer 2014). They have also produced several short documentaries and projects for television. Musa Productions is the programming partner for the All Warrior Network. Musa's military-themed content strives to celebrate the Warrior ethos and honor all who've served.
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