The film features Manny’s own brother Anthony, a vet of the war in Afghanistan, on a quest to find one of his best friends from his days in combat – his bomb-sniffing dog partner, Allie.
The documentary provides intimate access into the life of a returned war vet, and a heart-warming story of old friends and their unlikely reunion stateside.
Manny Marquez fell in love with storytelling around the age of 7. A family friend gifted him a subscription to Ranger Rick Magazine, and Manny couldn’t wait for the newest issues to come in the mail. Inspired, he began to write his own Ranger Rick stories.
Soon after, his mother gave him a Fisher Price 110 camera. It wasn’t long before he and his cousins started production on a video series, an attempt to create their own Star Trek spin off.
An Eagle Scout, Manny received a scholarship for a film he made as part of his cinematography merit badge. He soon headed to California to pursue a degree in film writing and directing from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His final project Rudolph Florence premiered on the PBS series Fine Cut and was one of 5 films chosen for the USC Crossroads Film Festival in 2003.
His writing and directing experience helped him become a part of Film Independent’s program, Project Involve. Manny’s mentor was Larry Karaszewski, screenwriter of Ed Wood, Man on the Man, The People vs Larry Flint, and many other screenplays. Manny was honored by the First Americans in the Arts association, and also received the Barbra Boyle Scholarship.
Manny was soon working in the camera department on reality shows as he spent his free time making music videos for his friends bands in the Echo Park and Silverlake area of LA.
The real defining moment of his career came when he decided he was going to make his own documentary, Psychopath. Manny’s uncle, a garbage man that had wanted to be a special effects make-up artist, was taking his life savings and building a haunted house theme park. This led him to meeting Barry Poltermann, who began helping on the post-production of the project.
His recent short film, Operation Allie, played festivals across America after premiering at the prestigious documentary festival, Big Sky.
Manny now lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife Leigh, and three children. He likes to ride his bike around the Columbia River Gorge, walk the riverbanks with his dog Cima, and enjoys the many breweries around town. He’ll be drinking an IPA.
Casey Suchan directed Rock The Bells, a Warner Brothers documentary on the final performance of hip-hop artists Wu-Tang Clan. Rock The Bells was a Tribecca Premiere and picked up for distribution by Warner Brothers.
Suchan previsously produced a series of best-selling documentaries on Hip Hop culture and history with Quincy (QD3) Jones, III. Thug Angel, the first documentary to explore Tupac Shakur’s life, broke sales records for its distributor, Image Entertainment.
The Freshest Kids has become an underground favorite on the development of East Coast breakdancing, and Beef and its sequel Beef 2, are considered by most Hip Hop fans to be definitive explorations of the MC battle from Kool Moe Dee to 50 Cent.
Beef was certified double platinum and awarded Best Music DVD of the Year by VIBE Magazine.
Casey’s latest feature documentary is about a precedent setting case brought against the activist organization “Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty USA”.
She is currently the lead director on a branded documentary sponsored by WordPress about marketing in the digital age.
Jack Davidson has been directing film and video since 1997.
His work in both the commercial and documentary arenas has taken him all over North America and Europe. He has created works for numerous clients including Sears, Ivy Funds, Perkins + Will Architects and many more. Specializing in day-in-the-life storytelling of real people, Jack has an eye for the beauty and humor in the unusual and in the everyday.
His non-commercial works include a documentary currently in production on the acclaimed still photographer Art Shay.
Away from the camera Jack spends his precious free time teaching himself piano and Greeenland kayaking, and playing with his preschool son Jasper.
Erik Ljung is a Producer and Director of Photography who has directed / produced / shot content and short documentaries for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, PBS and the Wall Street Journal. He is a current Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellow, and is currently working on a documentary on the police shooting of Dontre Hamilton in 2014, titled The Blood is at the Doorstep.