mild traumatic brain injury)

Red Carpet Review #NotaWarStory @AcademyUSVets @BubblrMedia @JadedArtists @Ranger_Up #SeeYouattheBubblr

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by & filed under BubblrMedia, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Interview, Movie Reviews

On behalf of myself, MizMeliz.com and BubblrMedia, I wish to thank Stacey Barker at JadeUmbrella PR and Assal Ravandi of the Academy of United States Veterans for orchestrating the Red Carpet Interviews and The World Premiere of “Not A War Story” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Fri., June 30, 2017! (Please see my disclosure to learn why I post articles like this one on MizMeliz.com. This is not sponsored, nor was I compensated. I was not asked to write a review or post a story about the experience and all opinions are my own.)

It was a pleasure to be among the reporters asked to to be involved in the coverage of the world premiere of “Not A War Story,” the documentary behind “Range 15,” the movie made by veterans for veterans. It was a unique opportunity to show support and appreciation for the Hollywood experience as well as pride and patriotism, in consideration of the surge of heroes who walked the red carpet.

You are invited to see all the video footage from the Red Carpet event on

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Friday, July 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time at BubblrMedia on Facebook!

 Photograph by Melissa Reyes for MizMeliz.com Melissa Reyes and Charles Hubbard, Jr. on the Red Carpet for Not a War Story June 30 2017 Copyright MReyes 2017 BubblrMedia TM
On Fri., June 30, 2017, military and entertainment became one as the Academy of United States Veterans  (AUSV) hosted the world premiere of Not A War Story at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd ― Beverly Hills, CA 90021. A Pixela Pictura Production presented by top military apparel brands Ranger Up and Article 15.
Photograph by Melissa Friske Copyright June 30 2017 for BubblrMedia
Through support, promotion and recognizing Veteran service organizations, Veterans programs and Veteran owned businesses nationwide; the AUSV illuminates the work of like-minded groups such as those behind-the-scenes of Not A War Story. Their goal is to maximize collective impact through collaboration and cooperation within the veteran community and Hollywood for this film.
#NotAWarStory is the Behind the Scenes Documentary of Range 15, the most highly decorated military movie of all time w/ cameos by William Shatner, Danny Trejo, Sean Astin, Keith David, Leroy Petry, Clint Romesha, Marcus Luttrell, UFC Fighters Tim Kennedy and Randy Couture, and more. Not A War Story is a feature length documentary directed by Tim O’Donnell and produced by Nick Palmisciano about the military veteran community, their aspirations and the craft involved in the making of Range 15, an independent narrative film produced by military veterans released in summer 2016. It became an instant cult classic that showed in nearly 800 theaters nationwide and charted #1 on Amazon and #2 on iTunes in the summer of 2016.
photograph by Melissa Reyes for MizMeliz.com and BubblrMedia Copyright June 301 2017

BubblrMedia’s debut coverage on the Red Carpet was made possible in part with help from Assal Ravandi, President of the Academy of United States Veterans

Proceeds from the premiere of Not a War Story event will benefit Gallant Few 501c3, whose mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. Also, the Warriors Heart® Foundation, treatment provider to adult men and women 18 and older who are seeking inpatient treatment for chemical dependency, alcohol abuse, and co-occurring psychological disorders relating to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or the psychological effects of MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury).
Photo by Melissa Reyes copyright June 30 2017

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Not A War Story, Review by Melissa Reyes

Not a War Story was a crazy behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a film, in Hollywood, in a short amount of time, against all odds, with veterans, seasoned and amateur actors, a limited budget, and no experience. Sounds pretty ridiculous, huh? Well add to that the film it is about is Range 15 – a satirical indie military movie about zombies. Is it funny? Yes. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely! But maybe not for reasons you would expect. The comedy is dark and might not be for everyone. That goes for the original film as well as the documentary which begins with a very lewd scene about the making of a particular body part being blown off. That was the opening. Sets up the whole thing. Excellent planning on the part of director, Tim O’Donnell!

The point of the documentary I believe is to bring to light the passion of the filmmakers and the purpose behind the making of the film. It gave a voice to the veterans who need to be heard. Many supporters came to see a documentary about war vets who were suffering from PTSD and recovering from tragic injuries. Most were prepared to cry tears from despair, yet may have ended up crying tears brought on by hilarity. Because a lesson was taught from the actors in the film and the people who shared their stories in the documentary, the veterans themselves – get over it. Life is short. Things happen. Amputees and burn victims are people too. Humor and video games are fun for everyone. If we all just laughed at ourselves about how dumb we look trying so hard all the time, maybe things wouldn’t seem so bad. If we all paid a little more attention to the needs of those who risk everything for our safety maybe we would all be a little happier to begin with.