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Award winning war documentary BAKER BOYS: INSIDE THE SURGE snags military distribution.

12-09-2010 11:23 AM CET | Media & Telecommunications

Press release from: Gigapix Studios

Contact:
Kern Konwiser
Gigapix Studios
(818) 592-0755
konwiser@bakerboysmovie.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Award winning war documentary BAKER BOYS: INSIDE THE SURGE snags
military distribution.

Exclusive AAFES Worldwide Release Date is January 4th, 2011.

LOS ANGELES (November 17, 2010) – The groundbreaking four-part documentary
series “BAKER BOYS: INSIDE THE SURGE” will be distributed to military bases
worldwide through an exclusive engagement with AAFES, making the film available to military personnel and their families two months in advance of its wider release to the general public on March 15, 2011. Gigapix Releasing is distributing the title through its deal with Entertainment One.

The series, which originally aired on digital satellite network HDNet, provides an intimate view of soldiers on the front lines during the ‘Surge’ in Iraq. When veteran war cameraman Jon Steele embedded in Iraq with Baker Company, 1-15 Infantry, he came with no media affiliation, no assignment from the news desk... only to ask the soldiers "What do you think?" and "How do you feel?" Over the next 90 days, he filmed everything they did and said from sun up to sundown. With startling access, the film documents what a counter-insurgency looks like up close and personal, as the “Surge” transforms the art of war into the "art of the deal".

Acclaimed combat videographer Jon Steele explains, “I wanted to hook up with a combat unit to look in their eyes, hear their voices…get them to open up about their feelings and emotions,” said Steele. “I made a deal with them; I’d be willing to die with them if they’d be willing to talk to me.”

Director Kern Konwiser adds, “I am thrilled that AAFES has given the movie an exclusive run. For families of the soldiers, in particular, this documentary provides a rare and invaluable experience of witnessing the world their loved ones are living in while they are deployed.”

“Baker Boys: Inside the Surge” has won awards at every festival in which it has
played, including:

• Audience Award - Newport Beach International Film Festival
• Remi Winner - 43rd Annual Worldfest Houston
• Honorable Mention - Dart Awards for Excellence in Journalism
• Award of Excellence - Accolade Competition
• Bronze winner - 31st Annual Telly Awards

• Official Selection - Gotham Awards' Festival Genius Audience Award 2010

What the military community is saying about the film:

“… one of the more important documentaries of the last decade. You’ll never feel closer to our troops or more proud of them.”

- CDR Salamander, military blogger

“As a fellow Armed forces individual it is nice to see someone bring the reality of what our troops are doing overseas and to see someone show it the way it’s happening. Thank you for doing this. “

- USMC Sgt. Sean Graham

“As an Army Mom - it really helped give me some insight into what my soldiers have been & are going through. An eye opener in MANY ways. THANKS - to all involved in making this - especially the Baker Boys. HOOAH “

- Mary Nation

“You wouldn't have believed the response from my family at the end of the movie. I looked around the room at the 40+ people and jaws were dropped... and silence, no movement for 20 minutes. Then one at a time they all came up and hugged me. Tears everywhere. Very powerful. Thank you!!! It was a moment that will never be forgotten.

- Spc. Colby Hamon, Baker Company

For more information on the program, including clips and photos please visit the
following links:

http://www.bakerboysmovie.com
http://www.facebook.com/bakerboysfan

Gigapix Studios, Inc. is a California studio that was formed to develop, produce and distribute television programming and high quality children's and family oriented film projects including animated films. Gigapix features an experienced management team with a history of success as Hollywood film/TV veterans and digital media and marketing experts. Gigapix has a diversified content business focusing on niches of highly targeted consumers.

In 2008, Gigapix Studios produced the acclaimed feature film “Captain Abu Raed” (Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award winner), and is currently in production on “Workaholics”, an original television series for Comedy Central. The studio is also in pre-production on “Blackbeard”, which is the first in a slate of family-friendly theatrical films.

Gigapix Studios
9333 Oso Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

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