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May 8, 2013

‘Hornet’s Nest’ plays June 7

NORMAN — An Afghanistan war documentary featuring Ponca City native Mike Boettcher, a University of Oklahoma professor and veteran conflict journalist, and his son, will receive a screening at the 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. June 7 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.

“Every American who sees this powerful film will gain a greater understanding of the sacrifices made by our soldiers in combat to protect our freedom,” OU President David L. Boren said.

“The Hornet’s Nest” follows Mike Boettcher and his son, Carlos, as they seek to rebuild their relationship while embedded for more than a year with U.S. forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan, amidst the constant threat of the Taliban.

The film offers unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history and documents the 2/8 Marines, “America’s Battalion,” at Helmand Province and the No Slack Battalion of America’s famed 101st Airborne as they engaged in Strong Eagle III, a mission that would see six of their own killed in action.

The screening will be open to deadCENTER Film Festival All Access pass holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual tickets for any remaining seats will be sold at the door for $10.

All Access passes are available online for $125 ($75 for students) and gain the holder priority admission to every film, party, panel and special event.

Boettcher will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

“The Hornet’s Nest” is directed and produced by Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg for HighRoad Media in association with BASE Productions. The film is recommended for mature audiences only.

Total running time is 95 minutes.

Additional information about “The Hornet’s Nest” is available at thehornetsnestmovie.com.

Boettcher has been recognized with journalism’s top awards for his coverage of nearly every major war, revolution and terrorist attack over the last 30 years.

He is a war correspondent for ABC World News and a correspondent in residence at the University of Oklahoma, professor at Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Boettcher led NBC’s investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and was one of three journalists allowed to speak to Timothy McVeigh in prison. This year, Mike and Carlos Boettcher became the first father-and-son team to win National Emmys Awards for the same story.

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