Directed by Matthew Moul and Jillian Moul
“Surviving Home” is an intimate documentary that follows four U.S. military veterans from different generations over an eight year period as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with veterans’ voices from across the country, their unique paths of healing and transformation shed light on long-term consequences of war and raise questions about the roots of war and societal cycles of violence. A Vietnam War veteran becomes a Buddhist monk in an effort to come to terms with guilt over the people he killed in combat. A severely injured Iraq War veteran discovers a new voice that helps heal his wounds of war, as he and his wife struggle to keep their marriage alive. A female Iraq War veteran fights through the effects of Military Sexual Trauma to take on the U.S. government in a class-action lawsuit that could improve the lives of the next wave of men and women in uniform. A World War II veteran, who waited years to get his military benefits, spends time helping others with the support of a young, civically-minded Marine Corps veteran looking out for him. Through perseverance, humor, inner reflection, courage, and the determination to help others, they overcome many challenges, yet they cannot foresee each bend in the road that lies ahead.
Filmmakers Matthew Moul and Jillian Moul are scheduled to attend.
GI Film Festival San Diego Award
Best Documentary Feature
Originally from Hawai’i, Jillian Moul is a Primetime Emmy Award nominee and a member of the American Cinema Editors. She edited the feature documentary “Fame High” with Oscar-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy and three feature films with director Jon M. Chu for Paramount, Universal, Blumhouse and Open Road. She worked on the Showtime series “Time of Death”, which was selected as one of the Top Ten Television Series by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post. “Time of Death” was also awarded Best Limited Series by the International Documentary Association. Ms. Moul edited “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin,” a Showtime documentary that won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary. She edited HBO’s documentary series “Brave New Voice”s and The Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” which won the Environmental Media Award for an episode edited by Ms. Moul. She worked on “Bending the Arc,” a feature documentary directed by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Ms. Moul recently finished working on a documentary series for Netflix with directors Sara Dosa and Barbara Kopple. Ms. Moul’s directorial debut is “Surviving Home”. Her father is a Korean War U.S. military veteran.
Born in 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa, and raised in Mason City, Iowa, Matthew Moul is a Primetime Emmy-winning editor, producer, and director based in Los Angeles, California. His first feature film, “Surviving Home,” which he co-directed with Jillian Moul, is currently on the film festival circuit. Matt also edited and executive produced the feature documentary, “N OF 1,” which premiered at the 2018 Cinequest Film Festival. He is Co-Executive Producer of a groundbreaking unscripted series for Netflix, scheduled for a mid-2018 release. He was Co-Executive Producer and Editor of the 2015 documentary series, THE RUNNER-UP, produced by Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn, which was a critic’s pick in the Los Angeles Times. As a producer/editor, he has worked with HBO, Showtime, PBS, and AMC among many other networks over the course of 14 years. He has three Emmy nominations as an editor, and was part of the bilingual team which earned a Peabody Award for KCET’s groundbreaking educational series about child care, “A Place of Our Own” (“Los Niños en su Casa”). He also edited “Addicted Twins” for Paramount Domestic Television, which garnered a Prism Award for accurate depiction of addiction. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Dramatic Arts and was a National Merit Scholar. Matt’s paternal grandfather, Mark D. Bingaman was killed in action aboard the U.S.S. Franklin along with 800 others on March 19, 1945.