Directed and Produced by Janice Rogovin

Produced and Edited by Laura McLam

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Watch for the Boston Premiere in early 2017!


Carlos Arredondo, aka The Man In The Cowboy Hat, is best known for saving a life during the Boston Marathon bombing. But the story begins with the death of his own son, Alex, in the Iraq War.

In 1980, Carlos left his homeland Costa Rica for the American Dream. In 2004, three Marines came to Carlos’s house to inform him that his oldest son, Alex, had died in Iraq. He got inside their military van with a can of gasoline and a propane torch and the van exploded into flames. Carlos’s extreme grief over Alex’s death launched him on a journey to honor his son and fight for the America he believed in. He became a well-known, if unorthodox, peace activist and then a central figure in Occupy Boston. Publicly Carlos had a new purpose. Behind the scenes the story was more complex.

More than a decade after Alex’s death, the tragedies of war continue to affect Carlos and his family, as well as thousands of other families in the United States, the Middle East and the rest of the world.

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Janice Rogovin is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Boston. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist Award, two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, and three project grants from the Massachusetts Humanities Foundation. Her books, A Sense of Place/Tu Barrio and Let Me Tell You Where Ive Been, Photographs and Interviews with Seven Vietnam Veterans, are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her first feature film, 48 Years Going on 50, a documentary about her parents’ relationship, screened at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.

Laura McLam is a media artist and documentary filmmaker residing in Somerville, MA. Her most recent film, Yesterday and Today, a meditative short about the expectations of women, screened at the 2014 Experimental Film Festival Portland. Previously, I love children, but . . ., an autobiographical documentary about her hesitations to become a mother, played at the Boston International Film Festival and Green River, a documentary she co-produced about phosphorus pollution in the Mystic River watershed, screened at the Boston Museum of Science. She has a B.A. in Media and Cultural Studies from Macalester College and a M.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College.

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