Soledad O’Brien is presenting her documentary “The War Comes Home – The New Battlefront” as a one-time event at several hundred theaters on May 24 through Fathom Events, Variety has learned exclusively.
O’Brien’s company Starfish Media produced “The War Comes Home,” a true story that follows two veterans of the Iraq war on the brink of suicide as they turn to a five-day emotional boot camp for a life-changing recovery — the Save A Warrior program in Malibu run by veteran Jake Clark.
Following the screening, the theaters will also show a taped discussion led by O’Brien with community leaders, experts on veterans’ affairs and celebrity advocates to talk about how our country is serving – and not serving – veterans as they face the challenges of PTSD, family reintegration and unemployment. It includes exclusive one-on-one interviews with actor-director Peter Berg and army-veteran and actor J.R. Martinez.
The former CNN anchor told Variety that the timing of the event is aimed at taking advantage of the Memorial Day observance on May 30. The documentary first aired on CNN in 2014.
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“Not to toot my own horn but it is a phenomenal documentary,” O’Brien said. “We as a society don’t think nearly enough about veterans so I’m hoping that this helps open the conversation a little more.”
O’Brien started her own media company, Starfish Media Group, in 2013, after tenures at CNN and NBC News.
Tickets for “Soledad O’Brien Presents: The War Comes Home – The New Battlefront” can be purchased online beginning Friday at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
Fathom specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains and is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group. It’s presented “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary,” “Finding Noah: An Adventure of Faith” and “Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts.”