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Romeo 6721

"A young marine rotates home from Vietnam to find his biggest battles are still to come."

A young African American Marine returns home from Vietnam in 1969 after fighting for his life and the life of his fellow Marines for 14 months. While waiting for his sister to pick him up in the first bar he can find he can’t rid himself of the smell of the jungle and the memories of what he had to endure in Southeast Asia. Having to instantly assimilate into an evolving America, he has acquired new skills that saved his life during war but might take his life during peace.

  • Sean Michael Ryan
  • Sean Michael Ryan
  • Dony Lugo
    Gratuitous Behaviour
  • Sean Michael Ryan
  • Matt Murray
    Key Cast
  • Claude Duhamel
    Key Cast
  • Treasure Cooper
    Key Cast
    "Mary Grace"
  • Jake Miller
    Key Cast
  • Kristina Pesic
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Period, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Cinema Pocket 4k
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Director Biography - Sean Michael Ryan

Retired Fire Captain and Marine from St. Paul Minnesota. His studies include a BA in English, as well screenwriting courses from the University of Minnesota. Since his move to LA 4 years ago Ryan has worked as a Technical Advisor for shows such as Fox’s 911, HBO’s Little Big Lies, NBC’s This Is US and many more.

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Director Statement

I decided to make Romeo 6721 for many reasons. Some obvious - to showcase the talents of myself and the people I have met in Hollywood since retiring from the fire department four years ago, and some not so obvious, mainly - my dad. He passed away over five years ago and this story is based on his life and his struggles with alcoholism and untreated PTSD. I always thought it was an isolated incident with my family, but it’s not. I have a friend that has PTSD and is going through a horrible time right now. The similarities with these two men and the many others I have interviewed for a larger project are frightening… but there is hope, and that’s what this short film is about.

I made many mistakes shooting my first film. Number one - do not attempt 70 shots over a two-night period between the hours of 2 am and 8 am. The actors and crew will not be happy!

I also did many things right. By using the skills I acquired throughout my life as a fire captain and Marine, I got this project done in a timely manner and got the best out of talented actors and crew under extreme circumstances.

I’m proud of it and the people that helped me build it.

Thank you,
Sean Ryan