You can now watch the definitive six minute, twenty-five second
trailer for "Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom &
Pop" in high resolution on our HRH Media website. It should start playing almost immediately if you have a high-speed connection
(and the latest version of Quicktime), Windows XP/2000 or a Mac.
UPDATE: Although that's the best way to view the trailer, we've added two other options -- though they're not quite as sharp. The first alternative is to go to our Independent America video clips page and select "Movie Trailer." The second is to watch it in the player below.
I apologize for all the choices, but I'm a stickler for production values. For those who care, Option #1 is an H.264 file, which is a really efficient compressed version of our 1080i HDV trailer. Option #2 is your standard MPEG-4 file which should work anywhere. And Option #3 below is the equivalent of a photocopy of a photocopy: from 1080i HDV to AVI file to whatever it is that Audioblog.com does to it to post it to our site.
Although I've sworn off war zones --- except for the metaphorical one we discovered in Independent America -- this documentary would not have been made without them. It was our road trip after my six months stint during "Operation Iraqi Freedom" back in 2003 that first inspired us to look for an unchained America. It was the joy I experienced in Israel/Palestine, on board the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, and going live from one of Saddam Hussein's oil rigs, by experimenting with the latest digital technology under extreme conditions. It was my last stint in Baghdad that helped finance our trip.
When I returned from that last assignment, I met Tom Powers, who would later become our collaborator and executive producer. The film would have been far less interesting had we not stumbled across an old contact of mine from my Tel Aviv days, Chris De Witt. She adopted us once we hit her hometown of Austin, and made sure we got the attention and interviews we needed for the rest of our trip. And much of the music you hear in the trailer was composed and recorded by our friend Hyshi. He's a Kosovar Albanian whom I met during the war in the former Yugoslavia. He now lives -- and jams -- in Toronto (I composed the title sequence and the closing music).
War. What is it good for? Sometimes a few things.