High-Octane ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ Follows Father-Son Journalists During Afghan Troop Surge

Immersive Battle Film Bows Nationally from Freestyle Releasing on May 23rd with Platform Releases on May 9th and May 16th 2014.

The Hornets Nest
The Hornets Nest
The Hornets Nest
The Hornets Nest

Los Angeles, CA –-(Ammoland.com)- Freestyle Releasing has set May 23rd, 2014 for the nationwide theatrical release of the highly-anticipated combat story THE HORNET’S NEST, an immersive feature film directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud that puts audiences on the front line of battle, in a pulse pounding experience never before captured on film.

The film stars real-life father and son journalists Mike and Carlos Boettcher, Emmy award-winning correspondents embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan that faced some of the most difficult battle conditions of the war while reporting on the action.

Through their eyes, audiences are given unprecedented access to the front lines of battle, and the heroes who fight for our freedom. Produced by Salzberg and Tureaud of HighRoad Media and the Boettchers, with John Brenkus and Mickey Stern executive producing for Base Productions, THE HORNET’S NEST will open in select markets on May 9th and May 16th.

In the vein of LONE SURVIVOR and ACT OF VALOR, THE HORNET’S NEST tells the story of two real life journalists who were the only father and son team ever to embed with U.S. Armed Forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan. With cameras rolling, the Boettchers are side by side with American forces in some of the conflict’s toughest battles, as they spend almost two years covering the American troop surge, considered the most violent era of the Afghanistan war. Allowing the viewers unprecedented access to the Soldiers and Marines, what ultimately unfolds is a true story of survival not only for the troops but for a father and son who seek to rekindle their relationship under the most harrowing of circumstances.

Mike and Carlos Boettcher are the only father and son to ever win an Emmy for the same news story, having recently won the prestigious “News Story of the Year” for ABC News for their coverage of STRONG EAGLE 3, which highlighted one of the most intense battles of the troop surge and is featured as the final act of the film.

“Freestyle Releasing was immediately moved by the incredible story of Mike and Carlos Boettcher, as well as all the brave servicemen and women on the front lines shown in the film,” said Mark Borde, Co-President Freestyle Releasing. “This very commercial story of bravery and heroism will definitely appeal to mass audiences.”

“The Hornet’s Nest film is one hundred percent real Soldiers and Marines, risking their lives for each other, seen through a father and son’s perspective. The film has a huge heart and is action packed,” said Salzberg and Tureaud in a joint statement. “This film gives you a never before seen view of the sacrifices, patriotism and dedication our troops face every day in battle. We are honored to part of the team that created The Hornet’s Nest.”

“After you see The Hornet’s Nest, the next time you encounter a Marine or Soldier, you won’t just thank them, you’ll hug them. That is why my son and I spent almost two years in Afghanistan at their side,” said Mike Boettcher.

The all-star soundtrack, featuring five time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and husband Michael ‘Cactus’ Moser’s “Follow Me,” will be available from Gratitude Entertainment in May, 2014.

For more information on the film, please visit the website and Facebook pages:

About Freestyle Releasing:
Freestyle Releasing is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company that specializes in representing independent companies, major studios, and mini-major studios for the purpose of exhibiting their films in a first class theatrical release. The founders and principals of Freestyle Releasing, Mark Borde and Susan Jackson are highly regarded and experienced motion picture veterans with a combined total of over a century of respected work in the industry. From a platform that delivers an anytime-anywhere capability in the medium of their choice and a positive digital viewing experience on any device in any location.

About HighRoad Media
HighRoad Media, Inc. is based in Beverly Hills, California and is a full-service entertainment company that develops, produces, distributes and markets entertainment content in all mediums Worldwide. Most recently, the Principals at HighRoad produced the feature film entitled, “The Perfect Game”, the feature length documentaries entitled “Running the Sahara”, “For Right or Wrong” and “La Source” . The Principals at HighRoad have collected over 150 awards, including numerous awards at major film festivals around the world.

About BASE Productions, Inc.
BASE Productions, Inc. is an 11-time Emmy Award and 17-time IDEA Award winning-production company that is setting ratings records and breaking new ground for cutting-edge reality, docusoap and unscripted infotainment programming. BASE’s innovative productions cover a wide variety of genres, ranging across sports, law enforcement, paranormal, automotive, and many other successful subjects. BASE’s unique style of blending technology and reality brings a signature look to all of their programming. The company has produced groundbreaking series and set ratings records for a variety of cable channels, and has longstanding successful relationships with nearly all of the major U.S. cable networks, including ESPN, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Tru TV, SyFy, A&E, National Geographic, and many others. BASE has American facilities on both coasts, with a corporate headquarters in the Washington D.C. market, and a 27,000 square foot production, post production, and soundstage studio in Los Angeles. BASE was founded in 1992 by John Brenkus and Mickey Stern.

The Hornets Nest
The Hornets Nest