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For our 12th consecutive year launching films at the festival, Passion are thrilled to announce our latest premiere at Sundance Film Festival – Legion of Brothers.

Greg Barker’s ‘LEGION OF BROTHERS’ received a several-minute standing ovation at its 2017 Sundance Film Festival world premiere.

Barker’s evocative, moving film reveals the ‘secret’ story of the fewer than 100 U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers deployed to Afghanistan immediately following the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Barker (Manhunt, 2013 Sundance Film Festival) drew upon unprecedented access to several of these Green Berets, who, driven by a sense of justice, set off to serve as Afghanistan’s liberators in 2001, only later to confront the tragic and brutal realities of war. The film draws upon their extraordinary battlefield valour and their complex and powerful emotional experiences as American warriors when they returned.

“We’ve lost, in this generation, our own internal storytelling, and [‘Legion of Brothers’] kind of became the first [to help us do] that.” Former Green Beret master sergeant Scott Neil.

LEGION OF BROTHERS is produced by John Battsek and Greg Barker of Passion Pictures, and Peter Bergen and Tresha Mabile. The film is executive produced by Amy Entelis of CNN Films and Vinnie Malhotra. The supervising producer for LEGION OF BROTHERS is Courtney Sexton, vice president for CNN Films.

Take a peek behind the curtain on how Passion Pictures make documentaries in this interview with John Battsek for Screen International.

Read all about it here.

THE SUNSHINE MAKERS will open in U.S. theatres – on January 20, 2017 at the Village East Cinema in New York City, and on January 27 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Monica Film Center, other select cities, and on digital VOD (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu).




EARTH: A NEW WILD was awarded Best Series at Wildscreen festival 2016, the world’s biggest festival of natural history storytelling – often described as the ‘Green Oscars’.
EARTH: A NEW WILD is an ambitious 5 part series exploring the extraordinary ways in which we humans are interwoven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems. We filmed in over 40 locations in 29 countries to create a stunning visual journey encompassing the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. The intrepid crew enjoyed some extraordinary close encounters, from overloading on cute in a baby panda nursery, to dodging man eating tigers and swarms of sharks…even joining in the ancient Sami tradition of castrating reindeer with their teeth…some of the weird and wonderful reasons we love this job.
DVD available here: PBS SHOP