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From Producer/Director Tom Putnam:

We're hoping to accomplish two things with RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE. First, we hope it raises awareness of the Battle of Attu among the American public so they can appreciate the amazing sacrifices these men made there. And second, we hope the story of this battle makes people see the profound and life-long effect all wars have on the men who survive them. Forgotten by our government and their country, these soldiers are heroes who have never received the recognition, and the care, that they deserve. We hope this film changes that.

His three favorite films:

I have many favorite films, but the three we talked about the most while making this film were The Fog of War, The Thin Red Line and The Best Years of our Lives.

His advice for aspiring filmmakers:

Get out into the world and experience life so that you have stories to tell. It's easy to learn how to make movies. The hard part is having something to say.

His most inspirational food for making independent film:

The support of your partners, subjects, families and crew. Making movies is a group effort, and when you do it right each person brings something new and unique to the mix that makes the film even better than you may have originally envisioned it.


Tom Putnam

Tom Putnam has been named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and is a recipient of over a dozen screenwriting and short film awards, including the IFP Fast Track Award. His previous short films include Broadcast 23 (Sundance 2005) and Tom Hits His Head, an official selection of over 200 film festivals and one of the most widely-seen short films of all-time. In addition to RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE, he recently directed the romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie for Regent Releasing and Summit Entertainment.

Jeff Malmberg

Jeff Malmberg has co-written a number of screenplays and series pilots with his partners Michael Harbour and Tom Putnam. Malmberg's editorial credits include the series pilots for Dirt Squirrel starring David Arquette (MTV), 13 episodes of Drew Carey's Greenscreen Show (Comedy Central), and the upcoming romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie. Malmberg also edited and produced the 2005 Sundance short film Broadcast 23 (Fox Searchlab).

Matt Radecki
Producer/Director of Photography

Matt Radecki is the co-director and editor of the documentary feature TV Junkie, winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He has produced a number of other award-winning documentaries and narrative features, including the theatrically released Brown's Requiem, starring Michael Rooker and Selma Blair, and based on the novel by James Ellroy.

Michael Harbour

Michael Harbour previously produced and co-wrote the short films Broadcast 23, Tom Hits His Head and the blaxploitation parody feature Shafted! In addition to writing and producing, Harbour has also worked as a digital effects technical director on dozens of feature films, including The Day After Tomorrow, X-Men, Solaris and Die Another Day.

Steven G. Kaplan
Executive Producer

Steven G. Kaplan founded Rainstorm Entertainment in 2002. Since then, he has produced or executive produced the films Terror Tract, The Big Empty, F*CK, RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE, Big Bad Wolf and The Lost Colony. Kaplan is producing the upcoming Rainstorm features Long Time Gone, Bob the Impaler, The Luckiest Guys on Earth and Six Bullets From Now. In 2005, Kaplan was a co-founder of Launchpad Releasing, LLC, an independent theatrical distributor. After receiving his B.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1985, Kaplan attended Oxford University and earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1988.

Gregg L. Daniel
Executive Producer

A member of the Producer’s Guild of America and a graduate of the American Film Institute's producing fellowship program, Gregg L. Daniel has held posts at The Walt Disney Company, coordinating visual effects for George Lucas and Francis Coppola's Captain EO, and worked in the production departments of Jim Abrahams' Big Business, Garry Marshall's Beaches and Steven Spielberg's Always. Daniel produced the horror/comedy Terror Tract and the sci-fi/noir The Big Empty, which starred Jon Favreau, Kelsey Grammer and Daryl Hannah. He was executive producer on the pop culture documentary F*CK, as well as the thriller Big Bad Wolf.

Alex Vendler
Director Of Photography

Alex Vendler was nominated for a 1998 Independent Spirit Award for his first feature film, The Bible and Gun Club. Vendler has shot more than two dozen feature films, including the Slamdance award-winner and official selection of the Cannes Film Festival Better Housekeeping; director Nick Broomfield’s documentary Kurt and Courtney; director Tony Vitale’s Very Mean Men; and Melvin Goes to Dinner, the directorial debut of "Mr. Show" star Bob Odenkirk.

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