John Kiesewetter reports:
Gary Williams photo 1.7.14Today the DVD release. Next week an Oscar nomination?
“MURPH: The Protector,” a feature-length documentary based on local author Gary Williams’ book, was released Tuesday on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download.
The West Chester Township resident also is co-producer of the film under consideration for four Academy Award categories –Best Feature Documentary, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Film Editing – says publicist Cresta Williams.
The film is based on Williams’ book, “Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT Michael P. Murphy, USN.” It features friends and family talking about Murphy, a Navy SEAL from Long Island killed in a 2005 gun battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously in 2007.
Williams uncovered Murphy’s story while doing research for another book he was writing about his father, a decorated Korean War combat veteran. Williams sought permission from Murphy’s parents to write a book about their son.
“I really believed that Michael’s story needed to be told,” said Williams in a media release. “In order to do that, I wanted to learn as much about Michael as possible. So I spent months with his family and friends to study the life of this brave hero. I stayed in Michael’s childhood room, combed through newspaper articles, talked with high school classmates and spent time with old friends.”
The DVD release comes days before the movie “Lone Survivor” opens Friday in theaters. “Lone Survivor” stars Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) as Murphy and Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of the 2005 Navy SEALS mission.
Williams, a former Warren Correctional Institution training officer, has written another book about the leadership of Michael Murphy (“Heart of a Lion”), and a book about the Lucasville Prison riot (“Siege in Lucasville”).
“MURPH: The Protector” can be ordered at the murphmovie site here. Signed copies of “Seal of Honor” can be purchased at sealofhonor site here. A portion of the proceeds go to the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
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