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Behind the Scenes 

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What About Mercy?

Bornhoft Creek

Bornhoft Farm, our main filming location in Arkansas

Thumper, Reese, Burd & Ian, 4 of our 6 lead

Dress Rehearsal for Thumper, Reese, Burd & Ian- four of our six lead characters


Robert M. O'Brien as the lovable "DOC," he's an "innocent" and a deadly sharpshooter one of 6 lead characters


David Miller is our Base Commander, it's in the eyes

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"CAPT HEINRICK" one of six lead characters. On his mission, but why is he actually there? Actor Vincent van Hinte


Vinny in a "reflective" mode as the dangerous CAPT Heinrick

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Wong Sio Ngai, as NVA Prisoner 1, after his frightening CIA Interrogation scene

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Jamison Key, as "Doc's Friend," his closest friend outside of his home in Colorado


Behind the scenes rehearsal, actor David Garber as SGT Alexander (L) & actor Mitch McDonald as 1SG Schott

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Documenting the making of the surreal "Reese's Dream" sequence in the Bornhoft rice fields


"Doc" a deeply religious/expert marksman & severly conflicted young Army Private-actor Robert M. O'Brien

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This is the Bornhoft rice field in Arkansas where many of the Love In Country movie scenes were filmed

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Just prior to leaving for a secretive mission Thumper, Doc & Burd discuss what may face them in the war ravaged area surrounding Hue, South Vietnam

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PFC Jay E. Burd (Elijah Olachea) emerges from battle, weary and confused. Jerry photographed this on set during filming.


Co-Director Kurt Braun after a day and night of filming; behind him & down the ravine the "Older NVA Prisoner" scene was filmed. We were all grateful for the first cool evening in Arkansas & for a lack of snakes & vipers!


"Thumper" (L.A. actor Jon Owens) preparing for a scene on our main set at the Barnhoft Farm, Weiner, Arkansas

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Payton Handshoe was one of our busiest & dedicated Production Assistants, he also played a role in the movie, seen here with amazing "burned" makeup by our lead Alan Gonzalez.

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Near Ft. Smith, Ark. scouting with Cliff Yarbourgh & Kurt Braun

P.A.'s Bud Johns & Anthony Martin setting fire for smoke in the Napalm Scene- ph. Holly McEuen


Actor/Military Consultant/Set Builder Patrick McGrath, he is worth his weight in gold for all of us

Burning auto for The Hero's March" scene

Characters "Burd & Thumper" preparing for the shoot

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Director Kurt Braun after an 18 hour shoot

Mark Fitsgerald, UPM/Props is with Payton Handshoe, a hard working P.A. in Props and background actor


UPDATE: Jack-the-Dog Gayton, who plays "Jack Heinrick," lead animal actor in the film, poses for Uncle Jerry. Currently Jack is reviewing new scripts, he wants to keep his future options open

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"Elvis" barbershop Museum at Ft. Chaffee. Just steps from the Elvis site we filmed several key indoor military scenes in the now abandoned barracks and offices.


Our delightful & creative Costumer Lead, Loren Robles


Bornhoft Farm Quonset Hut-staging and shooting location, Fischer, Arkansas

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Burning of the farmhouse, it got very, very hot as you can see lead make-up artist Alan Gonzalez keeps his distance!

Re-used Quonset Hut, for make-up lead Alan Gonzalez & Head Costumer Lauren Robles, along with several actors and crew


Our amazing Cori Hammond. Cori was a P.A. as well as a background player, working non-stop and filling in every gap she found, worth her weight in platinum-a true M.V.P.

Actor & Art Department design crew, Lee Christman preparing for the farmhouse burn

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Head Chef, Mama Lauren Williams and our amazing Vincent van Hinte (CAPT Heinrick) sharing their favorite meal at our LIC "Duck Lodge 1" near Harrisburg, Arkansas


Just a few of our incredible PA's: Noah George, Austin Sloan, Gina Vong, Holly McEuen, Payton Handshoe, Writer/Director Richard Gayton & Mark Fitzgerald

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Vu Ha, our first cast member as "The Good Monk"

Stunt Practice, Hollywood

Stunt Practice in Hollywood, next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre (TCL Theatre) just before we began principal filming in Arkansas

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Certificate: BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM & BEST SCRIPT-Madrid Arthouse Film Festival

Heinrick's wife & son

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