GLOBAL CAR UPDATE
CFR recently finished shooting the cooling system supply chain
for the Dodge Ram truck, for the upcoming documentary GLOBAL CAR: Globalization and the Automobile. For the
cooling system alone, CFR visited two Tier 3 suppliers for
the radiator cap in England--Precision Cut Rubber in Corsham
and Berck Limited in West Bromwich. They make the rubber seals
and the stamped metal valves, respectively, for the radiator
caps in India.
CFR producer Ty Turley filmed at the Sundram Fasteners plant
in Chennai, India, where they make radiator caps for GM North
America, Ford Asia, and various DaimlerChrysler models including
the Ram. Finally, a CFR crew visited Tier 1 supplier Modine
in Clinton, Tennessee where radiators, condensers, power steering
unit coolers, and transmission coolers are packaged together
and sent to Ram plants in St. Louis, Missouri, Warren, Michigan,
and Saltillo, Mexico.
CFR is currently talking with various OEMs and suppliers to
identify other relevant supply chains. We anticipate filming
in Mexico, Hong Kong, New York and Canada in the coming months.
MASSES TO MASSES TO SCREEN IN HAWAII JANUARY
MASSES TO MASSES VIDEO AND ART EXHIBIT TO
SHOW AT THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM OF ART
From September 11th to October 16 Combat Films will exhibit
the Social-Realist collection Masses to Masses at
the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Utah. There
will also be held the premier screening of the CFR documentary
Masses to Masses on Wednesday, September 21st at
GLOBAL CAR: GLOBALIZATION AND THE AUTOMOBILE
CFR is currently in pre-production on its new film GLOBAL CAR: Globalization and the Automobile. The film will be a
one-off special for the Beyond The Border series, a co-production
with the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
at Brigham Young University.
Associate Professor Kristie Seawright of the Marriot School
of Management at Brigham Young University will serve as academic
advisor. Her experience studying global supply chains and
her on the ground research in various countries makes her
a perfect partner.
GLOBAL CAR is scheduled to premier on PBS affiliate KBYU
in summer 2006 and subsequently on national PBS. The David
M. Kennedy Center is considering a related symposium and
relevant publication in its Bridges magazine.
Ty Turley is associate producer and chief researcher for
the film. He is currently working with Kristie Seawright
and Dodge Billingsley to develop the storyline. Award winning
Producer/Director Dodge Billingsley will act as director.
He is currently in China conducting field research for the
Stay tuned for more details—and for more
information visit our series site at www.beyondtheborder.org
COMBAT FILMS RESEARCHER TY TURLEY LEAVES FOR INDIA
COMBAT FILMS DIRECTOR DODGE BILLINGSLEY RETURNS FROM
BEYOND THE BORDER ANNOUNCES GLOBALIZATION: WORLD
CAR (WORKING TITLE) PROJECT FOR 2006
CHECHNYA: SEPARATISM OR JIHAD? AND FAULT-LINES
AND PIPELINES SCREEN AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
BEYOND THE BORDER SERIES 2 TO AIR SPRING 2005
Combat Films & Research (CFR) and Brigham Young University’s
David M. Kennedy Center of International Studies announce
a second run of last fall’s Beyond the Border series.
Two new films are included in this year’s line-up.
The first, Chechnya: Separatism or Jihad?, examines
four spectacular hostage-taking raids into Russia to explain
the role of Islam and foreign mujahadeen in the evolution
and escalation of militant Chechen tactics over the past
ask the question; has militant Islam hijacked the Chechen
independence movement? The second film, Launch Pads
to Lily Pads, explores the U.S. military’s struggle
to adapt its force posture to meet new perceived threats
inherent to an expanded American security perimeter. At
the heart of the ongoing transformation is a debate regarding
role should be beyond Western Europe—primarily Africa
and the territories of the former Soviet Union.
The second series run of five films will also include extended
versions of the films Masses To Masses and Fog
CFR ATTENDS 10TH ANNUAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY
OF NATIONALITIES CONFERENCE
(ASN) IN NYC
CFR Director Dodge Billingsley and Producer Shane Seggar
attended the 10th Annual ASN Conference in NYC this week, "Understanding
Nationalism: Identity, Empire, Conflict". Screened
at the conference were the films Fault-lines and Pipe
Chechnya: Separatism or Jihad? and Ukraine Sonata.
BEYOND THE BORDER FILM SERIES TO DEBUT ON PBS AFFILIATE
BEGGINING SEPTEMBER 22, 2004
Covering war, geography, politics, history, and current affairs,
Beyond the Border, a collection of five
films, will begin airing on Wednesday, September 22 at 9:00
p.m. Produced by Combat Films and Research for the Kennedy
Center, the series will examine events, trends, and stories
from around the world with an emphasis on international
"In the complex realm of international affairs, there are untold stories that can help us gain a greater understanding of our world," said Jeff Ringer, Kennedy Center director and creator of the program concept. "Through this series, we hope to provide an alternative perspective on forces, ideas, and facts that are beyond the border of our common experience."
The idea for the series sprung from part of the focus of the Kennedy Center."One of our responsibilities is to research, support, and create outreach products-ways we can reach out to the community and inform them about international affairs," Ringer explained. "We've been doing a nice job with lectures and conferences, but those will only go so far; we wanted to push a little further and that's when we teamed up with Dodge to do this series."
Dodge Billingsley, of Combat Films and Research, is a seasoned producer and former defense analyst who has documented war zones and trouble spots worldwide.
Originally specializing in the Caucasus and
Central Asia, Billingsley traveled into war-torn Chechnya
to produce Immortal Fortress: An Inside Look at Chechnya's
Warrior Culture in 1996. While there, he gained rare
interviews with a number of notable Chechen warlords, including
the notorious Shamil Basayev.
That, and subsequent trips, have taken him throughout
the Middle East and Central Asia. The Beyond the Border
series of four, half-hour segments and one, full-hour segment
begins with Fog and Friction, three separate battles
from Iraq and Afghanistan illustrating that war is a complicated
business. This is a glimpse into the decision-making process
at the height of battle, and the consequences of those decisions.
Abu Dhabi's IDEX arms fair is the scene for
the Arms Bazaar. The conventional arms market is
a multibillion dollar industry where shopping ranges from
small arms to tanks, to cruise missiles and fighter aircraft-as
simple as buying groceries at the market. "We think that the
Arms Bazaar will be very interesting, because it's
something people don't know a whole lot about and so it's
a chance to introduce people to this strange thing that happens,"
reported Ringer. "It's very common in the Middle East and
all over the world, but we just don't talk about it very much."
In the midst of China's Cultural Revolution, five artists
led by Jin Zher Lin were sent to China's revolutionary capital
Yan'an and instructed to paint together. From the Masses
to the Masses, Revolutionary Art of Yan'an details their
seven-year odyssey capturing the life and history of the revolutionary
capital on oil, watercolor, and wood block print-art that
was discovered three decades later. As the shadow of Soviet
control slipped away from the former satellite states many
stepped forward and declared their independence. Ukraine
Sonata looks at the years before, during, and after the
Soviet Union's great Perestroika and how the Independent Republic
of Ukraine is negotiating the changes on a musical level,
reflecting the conflict between repression and choice. The
beautiful and historic Caucasus Mountains are home to three
major conflicts in the former Soviet Union: Nagorno-Karabakh,
Abkhazia, and Chechnya, and multiple minor struggles. Intertwined
in this convoluted political and geographic landscape is a
significant portion of the world's known oil reserves-the
subject of Faultlines and Pipelines.Beyond
the Border will conclude with a one-hour roundtable
discussion moderated by Ringer and feature Billingsley, Eric
Hyer, a professor of political science at BYU and Laura Rauch,
an AP photographer who has covered many international topics
including the war in Iraq.
Airing Wednesdays on these scheduled dates:
Fog and Friction 9:00-9:30 p.m.
The Arms Bazaar 9:30-10:00 p.m.
From the Masses to the Masses, Revolutionary Art of Yan'an
Ukraine Sonata 9:30-10:00 p.m.
Faultlines and Pipelines 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Series producer Billingsley was one of the few Western observers to the fall 2001 fortress uprising at Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan, in which CIA agent Mike Spann was killed and American Taliban John Walker Lindh was taken into U.S. custody.
Only months later Billingsley was again in action in Afghanistan, this time accompanying U.S. troops into battle during Operation Anaconda. He has made multiple forays into Iraq filming with regular troops and Special Forces and reporting back to U.S. television networks, including CNN.
Billingsley received a BS from Columbia University and a master's degree in war studies from King's College in London. For updates, see the Kennedy Center news and calendar online at http://kennedy.byu.edu or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See Combat films and Research online at http://www.combatfilms.com.