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deadCENTER Film Festival to Take Audiences Into ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ With Special Screening of Afghanistan War Documentary

Kerry Myers Published: June 5, 2013

An acclaimed Afghanistan war documentary featuring Ponca City
native, OU professor and veteran conflict journalist Mike Boettcher and his son will receive a special
screening at the 2013 deadCENTER Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Oklahoma City
Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.
“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.
“We are thrilled to be able to play this powerful film at deadCENTER,” Executive Director Lance
McDaniel said. “It is an outstanding tribute to the bravery of our troops, the importance of family and the
unparalleled career of a true Oklahoma hero.”
Mike Boettcher has been recognized with journalism’s top awards for his coverage of nearly every major
war, revolution and terrorist attack of the last 30 years. He is currently 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. Originally from Ponca City, 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.
The screening will be open to deadCENTER Film Festival All Access pass holders on a first-come, firstserved basis, and then individual tickets for any remaining seats will be sold at the door for $10. All
Access passes are currently available online for $125 ($75 for students), and gains the holder priority
admission to every film, party, panel and special event.
Mike 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. Recommended for mature audiences only. Total running
time: 95 minutes.
deadCENTER Film Festival is Oklahoma’s largest film festival for the past 13 years and one of the “Top
20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. This year’s festival is June
5-9 and includes 115 comedies, dramas, hard-hitting documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and
around the world. For more information, please visit
Additional information about “The Hornet’s Nest” is available at
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