The Kill Team
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Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2013
Running Time:79
Original Language:English
Awards:GGA Documentary Feature Contender
dir:Dan Krauss
prod:Linda Davis
Dan Krauss
cam:Dan Krauss
editor:Lawrence Lerew
mus:Justin Mellan
source:f/8 Filmworks
2261 Fifth Street
CA 94710

To mix two aphorisms: war is hell, and hell is other people. When Spc. Adam Winfield headed to Afghanistan in 2009 with his Army platoon, he anticipated dodging bullets and enduring roadside bombings. He did not expect long, dull stretches of inactivity punctuated by trips into dusty villages to "ask old dudes questions." Having grown up with specific ideas about honor and patriotism learned from his father, a Marine, he would never have guessed that his fellow soldiers would decide to inject a little excitement into their routine by murdering Afghan civilians. Bay Area-based filmmaker Dan Krauss (The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club, Golden Gate Award winner, SFIFF 2005) investigates the chilling story of the so-called "Kill Team," focusing on Winfield as the haunted man as he prepares to go to trial for charges related to the case. Was he a willing participant, or a whistleblower being punished for going against the platoon's bloodthirsty groupthink? The Kill Team offers compelling evidence for the latter, as it interweaves interviews with Winfield's fellow soldiers, including two who freely admit to their gruesome crimes. "It was impossible not to surrender to the insanity," one man admits, recalling how random acts of appalling violence became an accepted (and even expected) way to stave off boredom and frustration. More than just an examination of a horrific series of incidents, The Kill Team is a deeply disturbing look at modern military culture.
-Cheryl Eddy

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Dan Krauss

Bay Area-based Dan Krauss' 2004 short documentary, The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club, was nominated for an Oscar and won several festival prizes, including a Golden Gate Award at the 2005 San Francisco International Film Festival. A former photojournalist, he holds a Master's Degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Among his many projects as a cinematographer are 2009's Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012).