Cinema Libre to Release O. Russell, Regan, and Zaldivar's Anti-War Doc "Soldier Pays"
by Eugene Hernandez
Dropped by Warner Bros. due to its anti-war content, David O. Russell, Tricia Regan and Juan Carlos Zaldivar's "Soldiers Pay" will be released by Cinema Libre Studio, paired with Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The War in Iraq." The 35-minute film was to have been added to the theatrical re-release of O. Russell's "Three Kings." Cinema Libre will screen the film in theaters and release both on a DVD due out early next month.
O. Russell, Regan, and Zaldivar's "Soldiers Pay" includes interviews with Iraqi refugees, human-rights workers and new Iraq war veterans. Warner Bros., intending to avoid releasing a political doc before the U.S. presidential election, recently gave the rights to the movie back to O. Russell.
"I think it is essential that cinema provokes an emotion with any audience," said Philippe Diaz, head of Cinema Libre Studio, in a statement. "We created Cinema Libre to provide independent filmmakers with a partner in producing and distributing daring and provocative films. We are extremely pleased to be associated with a group of talented people."
Last month, Greenwald unveiled "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" in theaters and on DVD at the same time. The company will offer the double bill starting today at the Roxie in San Francisco, followed by other screenings throughout the country. The DVD release will hit on October 19th.