Army Men

A Miami based songwriter returns to the tough battlefield of his childhood neighborhood in Queens, New York, only to be haunted by the memories of his late best friend. A story of friendship, loss, and regret.

  • Paul Louis
    An American Gringo in Rincon, The Rican-ing of White Boy, Duddlington the Different
  • Paul Louis
    The Rican-ing of White Boy, Duddlington the Different, Jelly Bean Jungle
  • Paul Louis
    An American Gringo in Rincon, The Rican-ing of White Boy, Duddlington the Different, Jelly Bean Jungle
  • Rodney Smith
    Lunch With Leslie
  • Richard Buccola
    Crash The System, Astoria Dreams, Between the Bridges
  • Justin Sims
    Key Cast
  • Elizabeth D’onofrio
    Key Cast
  • Samuel McCulley
    Key Cast
    "Teen Mikey"
  • Douglas BuShea
    Key Cast
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    39 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Paul Louis

Born and raised in Astoria, Queens, NY, Paul Louis is an actor, composer, director, writer, puppeteer and voice actor. He is the creator of the former nationally syndicated, children’s television series, “Jelly Bean Jungle”, and the published co-author of the former Off-Broadway musical, “Real Men”. On television, he co-starred as “Marvin” on the hit BBC kid’s series “Miami 7”. He has written and directed multiple productions for children’s television and live theatrical performances for youth. His short film documentary, “The Rican-ing of White Boy”, was selected by numerous film festivals, and won audience choice best documentary at The Rincon International Film Festival. His most recent short, “Duddlington the Different”, a musical about a little elephant on the autism spectrum, was screened at the Film Only Film Festival. Paul currently resides in Miami with his wife and daughter.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker and parent, I am committed to telling stories that explore the complex issues surrounding mental health and friendship in children. Through my work, I hope to shed light on the unique challenges that young people face when navigating these topics and spark important conversations about the importance of emotional support and understanding. By showcasing the impact that strong friendships can have on a child's mental health, I aim to inspire audiences to prioritize the power of human connection and empathy in their own lives and communities. My goal is to create a film that not only entertains but also educates. I believe it is our responsibility as artists, to use our platform to shed light on important issues, and there are few issues more important than mental health in children. Our young people are facing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety, and it is our duty to tell their stories with empathy and compassion. Through our films, we can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage young people and their parents, to seek the support and resources they need. By addressing mental health in children, we are not only creating art but also promoting healing, growth, and resilience in our communities. I am honored to be a part of this important conversation, and I hope that through our work, we can inspire positive change in the world around us.