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Gonna Be a Soldier


Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. When Joey protests this dark future, they explain that we only kill people in other countries, and only the ones wearing uniforms. "What if they take the uniforms off?" Joey asks. Confused as to why he should grow up to kill people, Joey keeps asking more questions, as his parents doggedly explain the "logic" of war. When his father admits that it's very sad that so many innocent civilians also get killed, Joey asks, "So, it's *not* okay?" But his mother cheerily explains, "Of course it's okay--as long as we're *trying* to kill the ones with the uniforms. Will Joey's innocence prevail? Or will his parents' indoctrination finally wear him down?

Information for the Audience: 

War is simply average people trying to kill each other because someone "higher up" told them to do so. Seems kind of crazy to me. Yet we accept it as natural and right. I don't. So I've written several short comedies highlighting the many ways in which war is pointless. Let's have a good laugh, and then think again.

Screenings / Awards: 

this film has screened or been accepted to screen in the coming months in 22 festivals in the united states, europe, and russia.

our 8-year-old actor, Kobe Humphries, won an award for Best Actor Under 18.

Distribution budget: 
Directed by: 
jonny lewis
Writing credits: 
jonny lewis
kobe humphries, luba chan, mike bash
Produced by: 
kevin huie
Music by: 
kevin macleod
Cinematography by: 
tony woo joun
Film Editing by: 
ryan kaplan
Casting by: 
billy damota and dea vise
Other crew: 
grip/gaffer - bobby fever sound - greg jones PA - neil wagner
Release Date: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Total votes: 1591