The Tillman Story

A&E Indie Films present a Passion Pictures | Axis Films Production in Association with Diamond Docs and Embassy Row

Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2010

AWARDS: Winner: Outstanding Informational Programming, Emmy 2012 | Shortlisted: Academy Awards, Best Feature Documentary 2011 | Winner: Film Critics Circle Awards, Florida 2010 | Winner: Top Five Documentaries, National Board of Review, USA 2010

Director | Writer

Amir Bar-Lev


Mark Monroe


John Battsek


Joshua Altman | Joe Bini | Gabriel Rhodes


Sean Kirby | Igor Martinovic

Co Producer

Caitrin Rogers


Philip Sheppard

When Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002, he became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately far more heroic, than the caricature. And when the government tried to turn his death into propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in Northern California, Pat's mother, Dannie Tillman, led a crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death. THE TILLMAN STORY resounds with emotion and insight, and goes beyond an indictment of the government to touch on themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself.

"A riveting account of how a soldier's death in Afghanistan was spun into a web of public lies.... 'The Tillman Story' mixes talking heads and archival footage into a detective story of escalatingly scandalous proportions...."

"You will be disturbed and saddened by this gripping film, which explores Tillman's iconoclastic personality and his family's tenacity in rooting out the truth."

"...Bar-Lev captures something ineffable about the cost of war, suggesting that the real front is somewhere back home."