For most, the controversy of war ends on the battlefield. And for films, the focus is on the adrenaline pumping action of two opposing forces. But what happens after? What of the soldiers returning home from the front lines trying to integrate back to "normal" civilian life along with bearing witness to the full extent of human cruelty, with PTSD crippling the mind that's equally as crippling as the physical injuries inflicted on active duty?
Fray (http://www.fraymovie.com/), the freshman feature of director Geoff Ryan, deals with all the above, and more. Fray speaks on the behalf of Veterans everywhere who have fell victim to a ruthless military industrial complex and abandoned to the post-war quagmire of lack of funds, health care, and sufficient job training. This film highlights the need for accountability from the governmental bodies to take care of those who lives they have put in jeopardy for reasons that are becoming increasingly clear are not solely for the act of patriotism and the "greater good" that is often preached.
Fray follows the footsteps of Justin, played by British American Drama Academy alum Bryan Kaplan (Knuckleball, Eightythree Down, Speaking in Tongues), who is "burdened by the physical and emotional scars of war," and "faces a new battle to find purpose in the mundane existence of civilian life during a time of national economic strife," while his friends and comrades continue to fight and die back in the war.
Fray has had its premiere at the Arizona International Film Festival, winning Best Narrative Feature, and continues to have a strong festival run being the official selection at the Brooklyn Film Festival (June 2nd and 5th), LA's "Dances With Films" (June 6th), and London's East End Film Festival this July, continuing to raise awareness of the plight of our veterans.
You can watch the trailer here
June 2nd & June 5th, 2012: The Brooklyn Film Festival-- Winner for Best Actor, Bryan Kaplan
June 6th, 2012: Dances With Films (LA)-- Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best FilmTweet