SOURCE: Sire Records

March 05, 2008 11:05 ET

MEDIA ALERT: Sire Records Announces Screening of Award-Winning Documentary "Body of War" During 2008 SXSW Music & Film Festival March 13th in Austin, TX; Artists Showcase to Follow at Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Honor of "Body of War" Film, Including Performances by Billy Bragg, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Kimya Dawson, Brendan James, RX Bandits and American Bang

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) -


WHAT:   SXSW screening of critically acclaimed feature documentary
        "Body of War," plus live showcase of artists performing in honor
        of the film's upcoming soundtrack, "Body of War: Songs That
        Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," to be released March 18th by Sire
        Records.

WHY:    Produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro,
        "Body of War" tells the inspiring story of Tomas Young, a
        26-year-old veteran who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down
        after serving in Iraq for less than a week. His powerful story and
        authentic voice serve to question the war in Iraq that cost him his
        mobility, and convey the moving journey of a young veteran's
        survival and adaptation to his new life as a paraplegic. Awarded
        "Best Documentary of 2007" by the National Board of Review and
        winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hamptons'
        International Film Festival, "Body of War" begins a nationwide
        theatrical release in March.

        Young has personally selected each of the songs that appear on the
        film's soundtrack -- a double CD that includes music from Eddie
        Vedder, Neil Young, Serj Tankian, Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen
        and The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello) among others. All proceeds
        from "Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran" go to
        benefit the non-profit organization Iraq Veterans Against the War
        (IVAW), as chosen by Young. Founded in 2004 by Iraq war veterans,
        IVAW's goal is to give voice to the large number of active-duty
        service people and veterans who are against the war, but are under
        various pressures to remain silent.

WHO:    Tomas Young, Serj Tankian, The Nightwatchman's Tom Morello,
        Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue available for interviews.

WHEN:   Thursday, March 13th, 2008 Austin, TX

WHERE:  Film screening 4 - 5:30 P.M.
        PARAMOUNT THEATER - 713 Congress Ave (512) 472-5470
        *Followed by Q&A with Tomas Young, Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue

        Artist showcase 7 - 9 P.M.
        STUBBS - 801 Red River (512) 480-8341

RSVP:   Music Media must RSVP to Nikki Herceg by March 11th.
        Nikki Herceg (615) 214-1489; nikki.herceg@wbr.com

        Film Media must RSVP to Mickey Cottrell by March 11th.
        Mickey Cottrell (323) 855-6538; mcfilmpr@earthlink.net

        *RSVP must specify Film screening and/or Artist showcase*

        Please contact to schedule interviews by March 11th.

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