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Satellite Drop

Satellite Drop is a short film based on the true story of a Signal Intelligence Marine in the 1990’s, on his first deployment in Scotland. Johnston quickly learns it’s not all he expected.

  • L. V. O'Connell
  • L. V. O'Connell
  • Annette Cyr
  • J. Vasko-Bezenek
    Key Cast
  • Lauren O'Connell
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Private Screening at Museum of Photographic Arts
    San Diego
    United States
    December 5, 2017
  • Copa Shorts Film Festival
    United States
    February 17, 2018
    Official Selection
  • GI Film Festival San Diego
    San Diego
    United States
    September 28, 2018
    West Coast Premiere
    Best Actor Nomination, Best Narrative Short Film Nomination, Best Short Film with a Veteran Nomination, Best Local Choice Film Nomination, Official Selection
Director Biography - L. V. O'Connell

L. V. O’Connell is a director based in San Diego. She has been working in the film industry as a VFX artist and Production Designer on award winning film projects including: Loser, Blindness, Assessing Alan, and the feature film Mnemophrenia. O’Connell’s latest film, The Answer, screened at Festival de Cannes 2017 and won an Emmy award.
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Director Statement

“...less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today…. Today's soldiers carry a heavier burden,... because the public has been disconnected from the universal responsibility and personal commitment required to fight and win wars.”
- George Baroff, professor
LA Times, 24 May 2015, PECIAL REPORT: U.S. Military and Civilians are Increasingly Divided by David Zucchino and David S. Cloud

As the wife of a former Marine, and a Search and Rescue K9 handler, I understand the unique relationships, the stresses, and the unusual coping behaviors. With this film, I wanted to give something back - to tell a story that shows another side of military life to civilians, and to give something to everyone who has ever served.

Over the years, I’ve heard the story of the Satellite Drop dozens of times from Michael Johnston (Cpl. USMC, former) about his first deployment. I’ve loved hearing it each time.