The Kill Team

The Kill Team


About the Film

The Kill Team goes behind closed doors to tell the harrowing story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who — with the help of his father Chris — attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. Tragically, his father's pleas for help went unheeded. Once Adam’s fellow soldiers got wind of what he'd done, they threatened to silence him — permanently. MORE

Forced to choose between his conscience and his own survival, Spc. Winfield found himself drawn into a moral abyss, faced with a split-second decision that would change his life forever. With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case including Adam, his parents, his no-nonsense defense attorney, and his startlingly forthright compatriots, The Kill Team is an intimate look at the personal stories often lost inside larger coverage of what became the longest war in U.S. history.

The film weaves together two parallel storylines, past and present, chronicling Winfield’s unfolding legal story alongside the increasingly devastating recounting of the horrors that took place back in Afghanistan. Speaking with candor and articulateness, Adam and his fellow soldiers describe the weighty psychological quagmires in which they became stuck, each embodying the hazy morality of war, where the choices are often clear, but the best decisions seldom are.


 

The Filmmaker

Dan Krauss, Producer/Director

Headshot of The Kill Team filmmaker Dan Krauss..Dan Krauss’s first film, The Death of Kevin Carter, was nominated for an Academy Award and two Emmy Awards and won prizes from the Tribeca Film Festival, the International Documentary Association, and The San Francisco International Film Festival. Working as a director of photography, Krauss has photographed numerous feature documentaries, including:Inequality for All (Sundance Film Festival, 2013 Grand Jury Prize);Broadway Idiot (SXSW, 2013); We Are Legion (SXSW 2012); The Most Dangerous Man in America (Academy Award nomination, 2010); and Life 2.0 (Sundance Film Festival, 2010). In 2012, Krauss received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship from the Sundance Documentary Institute. Krauss earned his Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he is a lecturer in film and television production. LESS

Film Credits

A Film by
Dan Krauss

Director, Producer, and Cinematographer
Dan Krauss

Executive Producer and Creative Consultant
Deborah Hoffmann

Executive Producer
Julie Goldman

Producer
Linda Davis

Editor
Lawrence Lerew

Composer
Justin Melland

Sound
Lincoln Else
Mark Iler
Charles Tomaras
Gabriel Miller

Digital Intermediate
Colorflow

Colorist
Kent Pritchett

Post Supervisor
Alexander Maclean

Post Producers
Kim Salyer
Alex D. da Silva

Post Production Technical Director
Adam Gerardin

On-line Editor
Loren Sorensen

Titles
David Murray

Graphics
Drew Takahashi

Audio Post-Production by
Berkeley Sound Artists

Sound Design and Mix
James LeBrecht

Sound Mixer
Dan Olmsted

Sound Editors
Patti Tauscher
Jamie Branquinho
Chase Keehn

Military Law Advisor
Eugene Fidel

Legal
Blyth, Lee & Associates
Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler

Assistant Editor
Michael Goodier

Intern
Melanie Ruiz

Archive News Material
Associated Press
CNN
NBC Universal Archives
Polaris Images
T3 Media

Special Thanks
Thomas Burke
Inn 422
Ronald and Sharon Krauss
Peter Jaszi
Peter Nicks
Steven Okazaki

Funding Provided by
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Catapult Film Fund
Cinereach

Supervising Producer for ITVS
David Eisenberg

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer

The Kill Team is a co-production of f/8 Filmworks, Ltd. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The Kill Team is produced by f/8 Filmworks, Ltd. who is solely responsible for its content.

© 2013 f/8 Filmworks, Ltd., all rights reserved.

Why do atrocities occur in war? How does our perception of war differ from the reality of war? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you needed to blow the whistle on something morally or legally wrong but also felt endangered by doing so?
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Why do atrocities occur in war? How does our perception of war differ from the reality of war? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you needed to blow the whistle on something morally or legally wrong but also felt endangered by doing so?