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SEVERE CLEAR – The First 3 Minutes

SEVERE CLEAR is based on the memoir by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Through their cameras we see the raw sounds of war, capturing the harrowing three hundred mile charge to Baghdad through hostile enemy territory. The footage used to create SEVERE CLEAR was never shot for the purpose of making a movie. In this digital age of embedded reporters, the film truly strips the barriers between audience and soldier, personalizing the fear, moral conundrum and adrenaline rush of life on the battlefield. SEVERE CLEAR offers an unflinching look at the uncertainty, disorder and chaos of war from the remarkable perspective of one Marine.

Coming the San Diego Film Festival and St. Louis Film Festival this fall.

From the Producers of THE INSIDE REEL

SEVERE CLEAR selected to make its Oscar Qualifying run at the 2009 DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase

DocuWeeks09_BWurlSEVERE CLEAR (from Sirk Productions) to screen at New York City’s IFC Center and Hollywood’s Arclight Cinema in August as part of DocuWeeks 2009.

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SEVERE CLEAR is based on the memoir by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraqi. Through their cameras we see the raw sounds of war, capturing the harrowing three hundred mile charge to Baghdad through hostile enemy territory. The footage used to create SEVERE CLEAR was never shot for the purpose of making a movie. In this digital age of embedded reporters, the film truly strips the barriers between audience and soldier, personalizing the fear, moral conundrum and adrenaline rush of life on the battlefield. SEVERE CLEAR offers an unflinching look at the uncertainty, disorder and chaos of war from the remarkable perspective of one Marine.

“instantly reminds us of Kubrick’s FULL METAL JACKET…as striking as any war narrative you can imagine”- EFILMCRITIC
“grimly exciting”- SPOUT
“a vividly intimate portrait of soldiers” THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“it doesn’t preach or explain, and it can be hard to watch, but you ignore it at your own peril” – FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
“a fluid cinematic experience” – INDIEWIRE

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Severe Clear Trailer

Severe Clear is the new feature film from the producers of The Inside Reel.  The film had its world premiere at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival and is screening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival April 23rd-27th.  Shot by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Severe Clear is a unique motion picture experience that takes you on an epic journey across the globe on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.   We accompany Mike from the swells of the Arabian Sea to the harrowing three hundred mile charge to Baghdad through hostile enemy territory.   Severe Clear offers an unflinching look at the uncertainty, disorder and chaos of war from the remarkable perspective of one Marine.

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