William Pitsenbarger: “The Last Full Measure”

A1C William Pitsenbarger with an M-16 outside the HH-43. (U.S. Air Force photo)

—JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY 5/27/2019

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.

On April 11, 1966, a US Army rifle company was isolated in the Vietnamese jungle, where they were surrounded and attacked by Viet Cong troops. Two HH-43F Huskie helicopters were dispatched to fly in, land a few miles away, and help get the men out. Pitsenbarger was on the second helo. 

After a few bumpy extractions, Pitsenbarger requested the pilot leave him on the ground to ensure the men were properly rigged and loaded onto the aircraft so the evacuation process could be safer and faster, and so that more soldiers could fit on the helicopter. 

But after the HH-43 was attacked by enemy fire and his crewmates tried to extract him, Pitsenbarger declined the rescue so he could continue his work on the ground. He alternated between doing that, arming soldiers with ammunition, and returning fire against the VC himself. He was killed by enemy fire that night.

Pitsenbarger was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in 1966, making him the first enlisted airman to receive the nation’s second highest honor for valor in combat, but his fellow PJs and those he fought alongside in Vietnam never gave up hope that his medal would one day be upgraded.

Finally, on Dec. 8, 2000—34 years after his death—the Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to Pitsenbarger in a ceremony at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Then-Air Force Secretary, and current AFA Chairman of the Board, Whitten Peters presented the award, which was accepted by William F. Pitsenbarger on his son’s behalf.

“What impressed me was the fact that there were a group of Air Force and Army people together who had been trying to get a Medal of Honor for this man for about 30 years at the time that they came to see me, and I thought anybody who has been honored by people trying to get the Medal of Honor for 30 years must be really something,” Peters told writer and director Todd Robinson in a video interview.

Pitsenbarger’s sacrifice—and those veterans’ fight to honor it—has now inspired a feature film, “The Last Full Measure,” written and directed by Robinson. The movie, which is based on the quest to secure the posthumous honor for Pitsenbarger, plays out “through the story of a young bureaucrat who was tasked with the job of reinvestigating” Pitsenbarger’s story, and who, through the process of interviewing veterans as part of the assignment, is “transformed as a man of total self interest to a man of total sacrifice,” Robinson explained in a May 23 interview with Air Force Magazine.

“And that is the mythology of the William Pitsenbarger story because he was a man who was altruistic and selfless and he went down into a battle he did not have to go into,” Robinson said. “He put his life at risk and then rejected the opportunity to escape and to hear one of our veterans describe it, everybody who was on the ground would’ve left if they could, but they couldn’t, and the one guy who could leave, stayed.”

The film boasts an all-star cast, including Marvel’s Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ed Harris, among others, with Jeremy Irvine playing Pitsenbarger. It’s slated to be released this October by Roadside Attractions, a subsidiary of Lionsgate.

A special private screening of the film is being held on May 28 in Washington, D.C., for active duty service members and retired veterans. Interested individuals should email the film’s executive producer, Sidney Sherman, at[email protected] for more information.

 

DCR Finance Corp Launches $100M Film Fund, With ‘The Last Full Measure’ First On Its List

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EXCLUSIVE: DCR Finance Corp has launched a a $100 million film and media fund that will be used to finance small to midsize films across Europe and the U.S., with the goal to help filmmakers complete their movies and land distribution.

The first pic to receive funds will be Roadside Attractions’ The Last Full Measure, the upcoming Todd Robinson Vietnam War drama based on a true story and starring Sebastian Stan. DCR will invest in the P&A for the pic, which has an October 25 release date after Roadside acquired the film in Toronto.

The film is produced by Foresight Unlimited chairman Mark Damon, who will now join the DCR board along with producer Jordi Rediu. DCR Finance Corp, a New York- and Los Angeles-based media finance firm that specializes in equity investments and entertainment funding, was founded by venture capitalist Adi Cohen, who also a producer on Last Full Measure. Foresight handled international sales on the pic.

In addition to financing, the DCR fund aims to dedicate 20% of all money raised to selected film festivals and film schools. At launch, $5 million will be gifted to the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.

“After a half-century of producing and distributing films, I felt it incumbent upon myself to dedicate time to guide and support the talents of aspiring filmmakers,” said Damon, whose long list of credits include Monster, Lone Survivor and The NeverEnding Story. “I am pleased and honored to have been offered such a worthwhile opportunity to manage a fund that aims to assist producers to realize their aspirations.”

DCR said placement will be managed by Razwana Akram and Simon Goldberg of London’s Simons Muirhead & Burton. Coutts of London will handle all finances.

 

Roadside Attractions Takes ‘The Last Full Measure’ Starring Sebastian Stan – Toronto

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Roadside Attractions is planning a wide 2019 theatrical release for Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights on the Vietnam drama that stars Avengers: Infinity War‘s Sebastian Stan along with Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Irvine and Bradley Whitford.

The film recounts an untold story about the heroism of American soldiers in Vietnam. Irvine plays William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force medic who saved over 60 men in one of the harshest battles of the Vietnam War. Offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of the combat zone, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers. Twenty years later, his comrade in arms (Hurt) and father (Plummer) seek the help of investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) and other surviving veterans of the battle to finally procure him The Congressional Medal of Honor he deserved.

“Todd Robinson’s riveting drama chronicles one man’s sacrifice and valor on the battlefield, and we believe it also highlights an aspect of American patriotism overdue for recognition. Everyone should know about William Pitsenbarger’s bravery and life, and it’s a privilege to bring this film to theaters where it should be seen,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.

Robinson also wrote the script. Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, Shaun Sanghani, Michael Bassick, Adi Cohen and Lauren Selig are producers. Foresight Unlimited produced in association with Rainmaker Films, Lightbox Pictures, Provocator, SSS Entertainment and BCL Finance Group. The U.S. deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Foresight’s Damon, while Roadside Attractions was repped by Cohen. Foresight has international sales.

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Full Measure Is Finally Bringing Its Dream Cast to Theaters in 2019

A movie made for me, The Last Full Measure has a cast that I probably dreamt of.

If you’re a fan like me, you probably know when your favorite actor has movies coming. I’ve known about The Last Full Measure for quite some time, and for a while, it seemed as if we’d never see this movie. Lo and behold, at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, it was announced that Roadside Attractions (a sister company to Lionsgate) had purchased the distributing rights to the film.

Following the true story of William Pitsenbarger, who is played by Jeremy Irvine, the film is set around Pitsenbarger’s comrade in arms (William Hurt) and father (Christopher Plummer) trying to get him the Congressional Medal of Honor. With the help of investigator Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan), the two want to honor William in the way they see fit.

I’ve been following the movie’s journey to the screen not just because I’m a fan of Sebastian Stan, but rather because this movie has an insane cast overall. From William Hurt (who many know from The Big Chill and who plays General Thaddeus Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) to Christopher Plummer (yes, Captain Von Trapp is in this movie, too) to Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, and Grant Gustin, it’s filled with dream actors.

No really, this cast list is so insane that I still think I’ve been dreaming and it isn’t really being made. With heavy hitters, new loves, and a story that is going to inspire many, The Last Full Measure promises to be an amazing film. Also, Sebastian Stan wears a lot of polos in this movie and I don’t need that in my life but here we are.

When asked about the purchase, Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said, “Todd Robinson’s riveting drama chronicles one man’s sacrifice and valor on the battlefield, and we believe it also highlights an aspect of American patriotism overdue for recognition. Everyone should know about William Pitsenbarger’s bravery and life, and it’s a privilege to bring this film to theaters where it should be seen.”

Todd Robinson also wrote the script, as well as directed the film. It’s clearly a passion project, telling this story of a wonderful man who dedicated his life to saving those soldiers alongside him in the Vietnam war and it will be a wonderful film to see.

 

 

 

 

 

Roadside Attractions Nabs Vietnam Drama ‘The Last Full Measure’

Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Vietnam War drama “The Last Full Measure.”

The big attraction here is a starry cast that includes Sebastian Stan in a non-Avengers role, and “War Horse’s” Jeremy Irvine. They’re supported by a horde of Oscar winners and nominees that includes Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd and Amy Madigan. The company plans to release the film theatrically in early 2019.

Todd Robinson (“Phantom”) directs the film, which tells the true story of William Pitsenbarger (played by Irvine), an Air Force medic who saved over 60 men in one of the bloodiest battles of Vietnam. Instead of getting helicoptered out of the combat zone, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to try to save more of his fellow soldiers. Twenty years later, Pitsenbarger’s comrade in arms (Hurt) and father (Plummer) team up with an investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) to try to get him the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, Shaun Sanghani, Michael Bassick, Adi Cohen and Lauren Selig produced the film. Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and produced the film in association with Rainmaker Films, Lightbox Pictures, Provocator, SSS Entertainment and BCL Finance Group.

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Foresight’s Mark Damon, while Roadside Attractions was represented by co-founder Howard Cohen.

Roadside Attractions announced the sale at the Toronto Film Festival, where it is on hand to screen “Ben Is Back,” a family drama with Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts, as well as “Viper Club,” a hostage drama with Matt Bomer and Susan Sarandon.

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Robinson’s Vietnam heroism drama also stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt and Jeremy Irvine

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Roadside Attractions has picked up the U.S. rights to Todd Robinson’s Vietnam heroism thriller The Last Full Measure, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Michael Imperioli and Linus Roache.

The sister company of Lionsgate plans a wide theatrical release in early 2019 for the indie drama that also stars Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Amy Madigan, Jeremy Irvine and Bradley Whitford.

“Todd Robinson’s riveting drama chronicles one man’s sacrifice and valor on the battlefield, and we believe it also highlights an aspect of American patriotism overdue for recognition,” Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said in a statement.

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, The Last Full Measure follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington, D.C., to honor Air Force medic William Pitsenbarger (Irvine), who saved over 60 soldiers during a harsh battle in Vietnam.

Hurt plays Pitsenbarger’s comrade in arms and Plummer is his father. Foresight Unlimited, which is handling international sales, produced The Last Full Measure in association with Provocator and SSS Entertainment.

Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Lauren Selig, Julian Adams, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson and Shaun Sanghani share the producer credits, while Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, Sidney Sherman, Louis Steyn and T.J. Steyn executive produce. Pen Densham and John Watson are co-executive producers.

 

 

 

 

 

Vietnam Medal of Honor drama ‘The Last Full Measure’ lands at Roadside Attractions

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Roadside Attractions has picked up US rights from ICM Partners and Foresight Unlimited to Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Jeremy Irvine, Ed Harris and Diane Lane.

Stan plays a military investigator who helps Vietnam veterans build a case for the posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Honor to William Pitsenbarger (Irvine), a heroic Air Force medic who saved more than 60 lives during battle. Peter Fonda, Amy Madigan, and Bradley Whitford round out the key cast.

Roadside Attractions plans a wide theatrical release in early 2019. Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited handles international sales and produced with Rainmaker Films, Lightbox Pictures, Provocator, SSS Entertainment, and BCL Finance Group.

Timothy Scott Bogart, Damon, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson Shaun Sanghani, Michael Bassick, Adi Cohen, and Lauren Selig produced, and executive producers include Clay Pecorin, Russell Geyser, Cesare Fazari, Jessica Martins, Wilson da Silva, Habib H. Paracha, Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, and Sidney Sherman.

“Todd Robinson’s riveting drama chronicles one man’s sacrifice and valor on the battlefield, and we believe it also highlights an aspect of American patriotism overdue for recognition,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “Everyone should know about William Pitsenbarger’s bravery and life, and it’s a privilege to bring this film to theaters where it should be seen.”

Damon added, “The Last Full Measure has an emotional impact on people that I’ve rarely seen before. I’m so proud that Roadside Attractions feels the same, and has committed to giving this film the wide release that it deserves.”

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan Join Political Drama ‘The Last Full Measure’

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Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan have joined political drama “The Last Full Measure,” which begins shooting in Atlanta and Costa Rica later this month.

Todd Robinson is directing from his own script. Stan is in the lead role and the rest of the cast includes Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, and Linus Roache.

Stan portrays a Pentagon investigator who reluctantly teams with veterans of the 1966 Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who is seen saving the lives of over 60 Marines ambushed in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.  As the battle waged on, and after the last helicopter left, he continued to save lives until his own was sacrificed.

Producers are Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Lauren Selig, Julian Adams, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, and Shaun Sanghani. Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, Louis Steyn, T.J. Steynand Sidney Sherman are executive producing. Pen Densham and John Watson are co-executive producers.

Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and producing in association with Provocator and SSS Entertainment. Foresight Unlimited’s Damon said: “When I read Todd Robinson’s exceptionally moving script and heard the real-life interviews of the many men whom William Pitsenbarger saved, I felt this could be a great film. With the award-winning cast that has been assembled, I am now sure of it.”

Jackson can next be seen in Legendary Entertainment’s “Kong: Skull Island,” which Warner Bros. is releasing on March 10. Stan is currently in production on “Avengers: Infinity War” for Marvel Studios/Disney and “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie.

Plummer can next be seen in “The Exception” for A24. Whitford stars in “Get Out” and is in post on “Three Christs,” starring Richard Gere, and “Unicorn Store.” Imperioli most recently starred in “Lucifer” and Roache appeared in “Vikings.”

Stan is represented by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management. Jackson is represented by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

Plummer is repped by ICM Partners and Lou Pitt at the Pitt Group. Hurt is represented by ICM Partners, Whitford by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management and Production, Imperioli by ICM Partners and TMT Entertainment Group, and Roache by ICM Partners, Artists Independent Management, and Tavistock Wood Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Sebastian Stan in ‘The Last Full Measure’

Noam Galai/WireImage; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Samuel L. Jackson (left), Sebastian Stan

Christopher Plummer, William Hurt and Bradley Whitford also star.

It’s an Avengers reunion: Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to join Sebastian Stan in The Last Full Measure.

Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli and Linus Roache also star in the film from Todd Robinson (White Squall, Lonely Hearts).

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, The Last Full Measure follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) as he battles the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who is seen saving the lives of more than 60 Marines who were ambushed in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. As the battle waged on, and after the last helicopter left, he continued to save lives until his own was sacrificed.

Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and producing in association with Provocator and SSS Entertainment. Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Lauren Selig, Julian Adams, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson and Shaun Sanghani are producing, with Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, Sidney Sherman, Louis Steyn and T.J. Steyn executive producing. Pen Densham and John Watson are co-executive producers.

Principal photography is set to begin later this month in Atlanta and Costa Rica.

“When I read Todd Robinson’s exceptionally moving script and heard the real-life interviews of the many men whom William Pitsenbarger saved, I felt this could be a great film. With the award-winning cast that has been assembled, I am now sure of it,” said Foresight Unlimited’s Mark Damon.

Stan is currently in production on Avengers: Infinity War for Marvel Studios/Disney and I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, and has wrapped work on Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky. He is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management.

Jackson will soon be seen in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, which Warner Bros. is releasing on Friday, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard for Lionsgate in August. He recently wrapped Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store. Jackson is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

Plummer can next be seen in The Exception for A24 and The Man Who Invented Christmas for Bleecker Street in December. Hurt can currently be seen on the Amazon series Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton and will next be seen in Live Like Line opposite Helen Hunt. Whitford is in postproduction on Unicorn Store and Three Christs starring Richard Gere; he previously starred in HBO’s All the Way and can currently be seen in the Universal hit Get Out. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management and Production. Imperioli most recently starred on Fox’s Lucifer, and Roache on History’s Vikings and in Netflix’s Barry.

 

 

 

 

Samuel L. Jackson Joins Todd Robinson’s Political Drama ‘The Last Full Measure’

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Samuel L. Jackson has joined Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, Linus Roache, John Savage and Diane Ladd in writer/director Todd Robinson’s political drama The Last Full Measure. Principal Photography begins in Atlanta and Costa Rica later this month.

Based on the true story of a present-day cover-up investigation, the film follows young Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman (Stan) battling the political machine in Washington. He reluctantly teams with veterans of Operation Abilene to convince Congress to award the Medal of Honor to a courageous Air Force medic, William Pitsenbarger, who is seen saving the lives of over 60 Marines ambushed in one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam war. As the battle waged on, and after the last helicopter left, he saved lives until his own was sacrificed.

Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Lauren Selig, Julian Adams, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson, and Shaun Sanghani are producing, with Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, Sidney Sherman, Louis Steyn and T.J. Steyn are executive producing. Pen Densham and John Watson are co-executive producers. Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and producing in association with Provocator and SSS Entertainment.

Jackson can next be seen in Legendary Entertainment Kong: Skull Island which Warner Bros. is releasing on March 10 and The Hitman’s Bodyguard for Lionsgate in August. The actor recently wrapped Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store. Jackson is represented by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content; Robinson by Paradigm.