SNEAKY BIG Studios and the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media partnered with comedian/filmmaker Jordan Brady to host the Phoenix Premiere of the thought-provoking documentary, I AM BATTLE COMIC on April 27 at the Harkins Camelview in Scottsdale. Scottsdale.com was there to meet-and-greet and grab some great interviews on the red carpet.
Scottsdale.com’s Lynette Carrington interviewed the film’s director and co-star, Jordan Brady, comedian and co-star Bob Kubota and Arizona’s new Film Commissioner, Matthew Earl Jones. The event’s proceeds went to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, which assists our military and their families.
The movie, filmed in March 2016, follows Brady and four professional comics (Slade Ham, Bob Kubota, Jeff Capri and Don Barnhart) who traveled to the Middle East to perform for our military men and women. The camera captures the comics’ experiences as they confront the highs and lows of their time overseas and the day-to-day reality of those serving. Interviews with top professional comedians (George Lopez, George Wallace, Dave Attell, Wayne Federman) are woven in with the filmmaker’s boots on the ground perspective. Judd Apatow calls I AM BATTLE COMIC “An excellent heartfelt film that pays tribute to our troops…and the comedians who travel the world to make them laugh.”
“This film gives people a look into a side of military life they probably haven’t seen,” said Brady. “It also shows another side of the comics, who provide a few hours of joy during an otherwise terrible situation.”
About Jordan Brady
Jordan Brady began as a stand-up comedian, touring nightclubs and colleges in 49 states across America. Brady’s true passion is commercials. He has directed over more than one thousand national TV spots to date. Through his commercial production company, Superlounge, he directs ad campaigns for brands and agencies all over the world, recently working with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Keegan-Michael Key and Jim Gaffigan. He has directed five features films, including the 2010 cult hit feature documentary I AM COMIC (Netflix, Showtime), and its follow-up, 2014’s I AM ROAD COMIC (Netflix, Hulu). Mr. Brady also hosts the popular podcast RESPECT THE PROCESS, described as “The Rosetta Stone of filmmaking.” I AM BATTLE COMIC continues a filmmaking journey through the current standup boom that has made Brady the definitive biographer of the medium's modern era.
About Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from charity watchdog groups for six consecutive years: A+ from Charity Watch, one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating, and Four Stars from Charity Navigator.
About SNEAKY BIG Studios
Located in North Scottsdale and encompassing more than 15,000 square feet, SNEAKY BIG Studios is one of the largest, most technologically advanced production facilities in the Southwest. The studio offers a setting for television and commercial shoots, rehearsals and recording sessions, web/media production, press conferences, corporate training/videos, music videos, post production and video editing, color correction, photography and events. To learn more go to www.SNEAKYBIG.com.
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