An Unlikely Weapon
NYC PLATFORM RELEASE DATES
April 10th – 16th, 2009
The Quad Theatre
34 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
An Unlikely Weapon — an inspirational film narrated by Kiefer Sutherland which includes interviews with notables such as Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Morley Safer, Gordon Parks, Bill Eppridge and President Bill Clinton (to name a few), is the chilling story behind a photograph that some say ended the Vietnam War.
The film produced and directed by Susan Morgan Cooper will have a platform theatrical release starting April 10th in NYC at the Quad Theatre and open in select cities thereafter.
In 1968, while covering the war for the Associated Press, Eddie Adams photographed a Saigon police chief, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, shooting a Vietcong guerilla point blank. Ironically, it was Adams’ shot that was heard around the world, taken at 1/500th of a second!
The photo brought Adams’ fame and a Pulitzer, but the man he had vilified haunted him. Adams would later say, “Two lives were destroyed that day – the victim’s and the general.” Yet others would say, three lives were destroyed.
Eddie Adams, like most artists, was tortured by his need for perfection. Nothing he did ever satisfied him. He carved out many careers, shooting covers for Life, Time, and even Penthouse. Yet, somehow, Adams was always pulled back into documenting wars – 13 all together. Finally he hit the wall and couldn’t take it anymore. He began shooting celebrities because “it doesn’t take anything from you.” Adams was comfortable with kings and coal miners. During his time with Parade Magazine, he photographed Clint Eastwood, Louis Armstrong, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul.
Still haunted by General Loan (the perpetrator in his photo), Adams visited him 40 years later in a pizza shop in Virginia. Scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall are the words “we know who you are, you f&%ker!”
Adams’ camera was his most powerful weapon, but it failed to protect him from himself.
Shot over four decades, An Unlikely Weapon provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at a war and a nation in turmoil. Adams’ personal life seems to parallel the hell he witnesses on the front line through his camera lens, and ironically, leaves a blood stain on his own soul that he can never seem to wash away.
Adams died shortly after the film was completed. While many people are familiar with his photograph, few people know much about the man who captured it. Filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper weaves history, art and masterful storytelling to create a cinematic tapestry that is both disturbing and inspiring.
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Directed and Produced by
Susan Morgan Cooper
Pres. Bill Clinton
David Hume Kennerly
Clay Patrick McBride
General Nguyen Ngoc Loan
Cindy Lou Adkins
Cinematographer & Editor
Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens
James Mitchell, A.C.E.
Kerry Dean Williams
Victor Ray Ennis
The film is being released by Morgan Cooper Productions - platform release starting in NYC on April 10th. Dates are being locked in now for the following cities:
1. New York - The Quad: April 10th
2. Chicago - The Siskel Center
3. Boston - The Summerville
4. Seattle - The Northwest Film Forum
5. Portland - The Northwest Film Center
6. Minneapolis - The Walker Art Center
7. Austin - The Alamo Draft House
8. Houston - The Magnolia Theatre
9. Dallas - The Magnolia Theatre
10. Santa Fe - The Screen
11. Albuquerque - The Guild
12. San Francisco - The Castro
13. Baltimore - The Charles
14. Los Angeles - Laemmle: July 10th
15. Palm Springs
16. Fort Lauderdale
20. Washington, D.C.
22. San Diego
23. New Orleans
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