Vietnam film stars Onslow County resident
A longtime Onslow County resident starred in a Vietnam war film that released this past week
By KELSEY STIGLITZ
The Daily News of Jacksonville
Monday, February 11, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A longtime Onslow County resident starred in a Vietnam war film that released this past week.
“Point Man,” which went on sale Tuesday, depicts the story of African-American soldiers in the war and how one platoon got lost. According to a news release published by Newswire, the film takes place in Vietnam in April 1968 — three months after the tide-turning Tet Offensive and one month after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
“‘Point Man’ is the story of a U.S. Army fire team fractured by racial tensions, moral crises and the crushing pressures of combat in a war nobody wants to fight,” stated the release. The film stars longtime Onslow resident Jacob Keohane and was produced and directed by other North Carolina residents. According to writer and producer Phil Blattenberger, the film is the only American narrative film of the Vietnam war filmed on location.
Keohane said working in Vietnam was “amazing” and that he was very excited to be in the film after reading the script. Originally from Long Island, Keohane said he’s been calling North Carolina home for many years, and has worked in Jacksonville and Wilmington for the past 10 years or so.
“We filmed in both Vietnam and Cambodia; that was my first time in Southeast Asia so I didn’t know what to expect,” Keohane said.
But, he said, being part of the film project and seeing it take off was like walking on cloud nine.
“It’s based in the real world and it deals with real historical events, it tries to tell at least a part of the story of the experience of African American actors in Vietnam, which has not been told in film before,” Keohane said.
Keohane plays the anatagonist, Silas Meeks, in the film.
Presented by Vision Films, in association with MBG Films, Lost Galleon Films and Hawk9 Productions, “Point Man” was the Best Picture winner at the 2018 Sydney Indie Film Festival. The film made its world premiere at the Cambodia International Film Festival and North American premiere at the St. Louis International Film Festival, respectively.
According to the release, writer and director Phil Blattenberger was inspired by anthropological research on the representation of the Vietnam War in media.
“The story emerged from reading anecdotes written by African-American combat veterans,” Blattenberger said in the release. “Vietnamese troops would call out — in perfect English, in the middle of firefights — ‘go home Soul Brother, it’s not your fight.‘ The psychological effects of being told your national solidarity is imagined, that the real enemies are the guys you’re fighting with, are profound.”
“Point Man” is being sold in Walmart and Amazon.
Information from: The Daily News, http://www.jdnews.com