As part of ABC’s annual “Home for the Holidays” campaign and in support of Disney’s company-wide “Heroes Work Here” initiative, designed to hire, train and support returning veterans, ABC will honor our military veterans with several new elements this year by premiering five short films written, directed, and produced by U.S. Veterans highlighting the creative work from our military servicemen and women.
Five talented U.S. Veterans with aspirations to work in the entertainment industry were selected to create digital short films which will be thematically centered around U.S. Veterans coming home this holiday season. As part of the initiative, these five U.S. Veteran storytellers and their short films will be mentored throughout the creative process by experienced creative teams from some of ABC’s most successful series.
The five “Home for the Holidays” digital short films and U.S. Veterans are:
Rebecca’s film tells the heartwarming story of a little girl who writes a letter to Santa. She is angry at Santa because every Christmas she doesn’t get what she asks for. This year, the only thing she wants is for her mother, who is deployed to Afghanistan, to come back home for Christmas.
Inspired by his relationship with his daughter, Donre’s heartwarming, emotional, scripted story celebrates the power of hope starring Tamala Jones (Castle).
A documentary short told from the filmmakers’ experience in Afghanistan, his time served in the Army, and how laughter brought his battalion together. SPC Wells’ documentary short shows firsthand the power of laughter under extreme conditions.
A touching story about a young soldier, severely injured in action, who’s determined to surprise the girl he loves with the dance they never had.
Donna’s film is the story of a young veteran who excitedly awaits the return of his best friend, the warrior and hero he served with. It’s an emotional reunion with a surprise ending when these best friends are reunited.
Support for the “Home For The Holidays” initiative was provided by the veteran organizations, Veterans in Film and Television (VFT), Got Your 6 and American Corporate Partners (ACP).