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HBO Bows Sebastian Junger’s ‘Front Line’ Doc in Gotham

James Gandolfini makes surprise appearance at screening

HBO screened “Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?,” about the life and death of war photographer Tim Hetherington, at the cabler’s 6th Avenue headquarters in Gotham where James Gandolfini made a surprise appearance on April 10.

“Documentaries are my favorite. I’ve done a few of them and I am in awe of people who product them for a living,” said Gandolfini.  “I’m trying to do a documentary with HBO about learning disabilities in prison that I will be narrating.”

“The Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger directed the “Front Line” doc. “I may have set an industry record in pitching. Within 30 minutes I got the nod,” said Junger, recalling his meeting with HBO’s Sheila Nevins.

“You didn’t have to pitch us. We were already there, but we don’t tell too many people that,” Nevins told the audience.

Junger co-directed the doc “Restrepo” with Hetherington. Shortly after the pic received an Oscar nom, Hetherington was killed on assignment in Libya.

“It’s not an easy thing to do to make a film about someone you love who passed away,” said Junger. The filmmaker is currently completing his next doc, “Last Patrol,” about  U.S. troops coming home from war and how they are treated.

An outdoor exhibition of Hetherington’s  work, “Sleeping Soldiers,” is currently on display through May 13 at the International Center of Photography next door to HBO’s Gotham office.

“Front Line” airs April 18 on HBO.

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