Guests: Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet, Writers/DirectorsPodcast Notes:In this compelling episode, we sit down with Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet, the creative powerhouses behind the thought-provoking documentary "APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home." Merlino, a former federal law enforcement officer turned filmmaker, and Sweet, an animation artist with a rich background in film, television, and music, share their journey making this significant film.Background: Dave and Dustin embarked on a multi-year odyssey, traveling over 30,000 miles across the continental US to delve into the hearts and memories of Vietnam War veterans. Their mission: to uncover the true essence of the war and the silent, enduring bravery of those who fought.Kregg Jorgenson's Story: A poignant part of the film, and our conversation, revolves around Kregg Jorgenson, an Army Ranger whose harrowing experiences in Vietnam showcase the sacrifice and valor overshadowed by the war’s controversial legacy.The Making of APACHE BLUES: Delving deeper, our guests reveal their motivations for pursuing this project, shedding light on the disparaging portrayal of Vietnam Veterans in media and society, and their quest to bring honor to these unsung heroes.Premiere Details: "APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home" is set for a theatrical release from November 10th to November 16th at Laemmle Theatres in Encino, with dreams of qualifying for the 2023 Academy Awards in the Best Documentary category.Conclusion: Join us as Dave and Dustin share their insights, challenges, and hopes for changing narratives and healing wounds through the power of storytelling and cinema.Listen & Share: Engage with the enduring stories of bravery, resilience, and redemption in “APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home.” Discover why it’s not just a film, but a journey to reframe our understanding of heroism and acknowledge those who've been forgotten.W:, you can check out my documentary The People of Brixton, on Kwelitv here: The People of Brixton Damien Swaby Social Media Links:Instagram: you enjoy listening to Filmmaking Conversations with Damien Swaby, I would love a coffee. Podcasting is thirsty work: Buy me a coffee!

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