TRUCE

John Micelli sits in a hospital room, his mind and soul fractured after returning from Vietnam. His loving family is shattered as he tries to pick up the pieces and return to the man he once was. TRUCE tells the story of our wounded warriors - the horrors they faced in the thick jungle, as well as the day to day struggles upon returning home. The film examines the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time when doctors and soldiers were mostly unaware of what it was.

  • John C Niespodzianski
    Director
    The Other Side
  • Chris Niespodzianski
    Writer
    The Other Side
  • Paula Gregg
    Producer
    Christmas in Compton, The Boy, Dirty Lies
  • John Niespodzianski
    Producer
    The Other Side
  • Robert Liscio
    Key Cast
    The Other Side, New America
  • Chad Conley
    Key Cast
    The Other Side, The Chop, Mason
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Action, Mental Health
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Atlantic City Cinefest
    Atlantic City, NJ
    United States
    October 15, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Best Actor, Best Composer
  • Seneca Film Festival
    Watkins Glen, NY
    United States
    October 21, 2017
    Audience Choice - Best Narrative Short
  • NYC Indie Film Awards
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 4, 2017
    Best Drama, Best Director, Best Score
  • Lexington Short Film Festival
    Lexington, KY
    United States
    November 11, 2017
Director Biography - John C Niespodzianski

Chris Niespodzianski is a writer/director that was born and raised in the "Steel City", Pittsburgh, PA.

He has always been a fan of the movies and as a child would make his own "films" with GI Joes and Star Wars figures, showing a strong imagination and thirst for storytelling at a young age.

After taking some classes toward a degree in Film Production, he felt another calling to defend his country and joined the United States Air Force in 1993. After 4 years of meritorious service, he moved back home to Pittsburgh and concentrated on being a family man while learning to deal with PTSD.

After years of therapy, Chris found himself again and reconnected with his passion for storytelling. Along with his brother and producing partner, John Niespodzianski, he started to write and direct short films. One of which, "Green-Eyed" won Runner Up, Best Cinematography, and Audience Choice Award for the 2012 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project. Later that year he wrote and directed another award winning short film, "The Other Side". After winning the Pittsburgh Zombie Shorts Film Fest, and screening at Eerie Horror Fest and Panic Fest, Chris and John decided to make The Other Side into a feature film, which is currently available through Gravitas Ventures on most major Video On Demand services such as Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Verizon FIOS, Dish Network, and many other cable providers.

Chris decided to tackle the issue of PTSD with his latest short film "TRUCE". He hopes that the powerful message within the film will be well received and help those who suffer from PTSD and also help others to better understand it. When not making films, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially his wife, Dannette, and their combined 6 children.

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Director Statement

Being a veteran, this is a very personal film for me. I wanted to tell a story about what happens when you come home from war and leave a piece of yourself behind. PTSD was not "discovered" until well after the Vietnam War. I hope that anyone who sees this film who is a veteran of a war will be helped enough to realize that suicide is not an option. For those who aren't veterans, I hope that they can understand better what our soldiers go through not only at war, but when they return home, as well as how it effects their families.