We are so excited to announce the release of our feature length documentary “The Recruits” for the educational market with our partners at The Video Project. Click link in our bio to purchase and for more info:
We wanted to tell the story of kids going through the training process of The Young Marines, and also explore the sociological connection between the military industrial complex, economics, and education. Temecula Valley in Southern California ended up being a perfect setting. The area harkens to an era of the American Dream that seems to be fading; tract homes and mini-malls dot the valley, yet the area was hit hard in The Great Recession, and for many, the only economic opportunity is to join the military, Camp Pendleton, one of the largest Marine Bases in the U.S., is also one of the area's largest employers.
Through our exploration of The Young Marines we not only filmed close order drill, firearms training, and kids learning the Marine way of life. We explored the rich tapestry of home life and familial motivations that shape these children's opinions and personalities for life. We learned, that like many issues, The Young Marines is a more complex story than meets the eye.
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