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'Korengal,' sequel to Afghan film 'Restrepo,' opens in Tampa

Staff Sergeant Elliot Alcantara of Second Platoon in overwatch near Loy Kalay. Outpost Films

Staff Sergeant Elliot Alcantara of Second Platoon in overwatch near Loy Kalay. Outpost Films

Looks like Kickstarter can actually benefit an important movie, not just a Zach Braff throwaway or Veronica Mars reunion. Filmmaker-journalist Sebastian Junger used the crowd-sourcing website to get his new documentary Korengal — a sequel to the Oscar nominated Afghan War study Restrepo — into a limited number of U.S. theaters including AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa, starting Friday. Korengal examines the psychological toll of battle on members of Battle Company's 2nd Platoon, the soldiers featured in Restrepo. A Q&A session follows Friday's 8 p.m. showing with Battle Company veterans including Largo resident Marc Bryan Solowski, who appears in Restrepo and Korengal. Junger co-directed Restrepo with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war. Junger personally financed Korengal's production then turned to Kickstarter to cover distribution costs. "It turns out, releasing a film theatrically is both a logistical nightmare and an enormous economic burden," said Junger on Kickstarter. Tickets for Korengal are available at the Veterans 24 box office and fandango.com. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

'Korengal,' sequel to Afghan film 'Restrepo,' opens in Tampa 07/31/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:46pm]

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