Exit 12

Exit 12

After two tours in Fallujah in the Iraq War, US Marine Roman Baca came home a different person. His experience ravaged him with depression, anxiety, and anger issues. With the encouragement of his wife, Lisa, Roman decided to return to ballet as way to cope. He found that dance helped him “reprogram” his mind and body.

Now, as the founder and artistic director of the Exit12 Dance Company in New York City, Roman with other veterans and military families, uses dance to tell stories about the effects of war. Through movement and creative expression, they work to not only reprogram and reclaim themselves, but also change the perceptions and stereotypes of the Veteran community.

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Mohammad Gorjestani




Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Executive Producer: Justin Lomax, Malcolm Pullinger
Producer: Taylor Feltner, Erick Kwiecien
Cinematographer: Logan Triplett
Editor: Ashley Rodholm
Sound Designer: Joel Raabe
Music: William Ryan Fritch


Publicity Contact
Malcolm Pullinger
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 23:37 mins