Bards Of War: Fighting Is Everything
26 Apr @ 19:00 - 21:00 MDT
Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Scott Kesterson has released “Bards Of War – Fighting Is Everything”, an epic documentary of war, that takes the viewer through a first person narrative seldom experienced since the era of Ernie Pyle. The film features Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Canada during their deployment to Afghanistan in 2006. The story moves the viewer through the emotional rollercoaster of combat, from patrols to some of the most intense fighting scenes from the Afghanistan war. The film delivers a raw and unfiltered look at war, reinforced by powerful and reflective interviews from the soldiers, and tied together through the narration of the filmmaker and his experiences from conflict zones. The film will make its public debut on April 26, 2019 at the Canadian War Museum in Calgary, Canada. Bards Of War: Fighting Is Everything is also available as a digital download at: bardsofwarfilm.com.
In July of 2006 filmmaker and citizen journalist Scott Kesterson was asked to cover Operation Mountain Thrust. The operation was led by COL Ian Hope, commander of Canada’s Task Force Orion. The mission was to attack Taliban sanctuaries in key areas of Kandahar and Helmand Provinces. These areas were a hotbed of insurgent activity, and the center point for their opium production, finance and terror operations. Kesterson was attached to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, known as the “Patricia’s”. The events that unfolded were an awakening, showing Canada and the world that the soldiers of this quiet neighbor up north understood the meaning of conviction, ruthlessness and righteousness.
Kesterson was the first citizen journalist to embed in the United States Department of Defense embed program. He produced over 130 blog stories, 30 video stories and 20 radio interviews over the course of his 15-month embed. He was awarded an Emmy for Best Photography for Media Shorts in 2007; this footage is in the Bards Of War film. His work has been featured on CBC and Frontline. Kesterson spent 3 1/2 years in Afghanistan working initially as a citizen journalist and later as media consultant for Department of Defense.
Xpedition Cafe was founded by Scott Kesterson as a personal vision to produce powerful documentaries and multi-media stories built on the legacy of great war correspondence and storytellers who challenged to status quo. At the core of Xpedition Cafe is the strength of the “citizen journalist” voice and the power of independent film.