While the various Stargate series bring a sense of action, adventure and humor involving the men and women serving our country proudly, it’s not exactly the most realistic depiction of the day-to-day lives of those who would sacrifice all to protect our freedoms. But a new film from one of Stargate Universe‘s main cast members aims to change that.
Ably written, directed and starring SGU‘s Jamil Walker Smith (“Sgt. Ronald Greer”) and produced by his film company (Little Plow Films), The American Dream (formerly Make A Movie Like Spike) releases on DVD and video-on-demand tomorrow, just in time for Independence Day. The film marks Smith’s debut writing and directorial effort on a full-length feature. Playing heavily on the film festival circuit, The American Dream has already garnered Smith two Best Director awards.
Set just prior to President Obama’s inauguration, the film chronicles the lives of Luis (Smith) and Ronald (Malcolm Goodwin from the film American Gangster and cable network A&E’s Breakout Kings), two best friends and also newly-enlisted Marines who are just days away from shipping out for a tour in Afghanistan. When budding filmmaker Luis decides to chronicle the events with his video camera, the footage he captures provides a poignant view of the lives of two young men whose worlds are about to change forever. The film also boasts the participation of fellow Stargate Universe cast members Ming-Na (“Camille Wray”) and Louis Ferriera (“Colonel Everett Young”) in two key sequences.
The film is unrated, and is most likely not going to be considered family-friendly by most as it does contain violence and very strong language throughout.
Take a look at the trailer below for a look at Smith’s cinematic vision. The film will be available on DVD nationwide at Wal-Mart and also through Little Plow Film’s Web site. You can also download the film digitally via iTunes. Or, you can get the film at Amazon and support GateWorld with your purchase!