Thank You for Your Service
The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. Thank You for Your Service takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that have resulted. Director Tom Donahue interweaves the stories of four Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap of hope. Interviews include Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Colonels Lawrence Wilkerson and Dave Sutherland.
Tom Donahue – Director
Prior to Thank You For Your Service, Tom Donahue directed HBO’s Casting By which was nominated for an Emmy in 2014. It was hailed as one of the top five documentary films of 2013 by the National Board of Review and reviewed as “outstanding!” by legendary critic Leonard Maltin.
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and then domestically at the New York Film Festival, Casting By played in over 50 festivals worldwide and was released in over 35 countries. In 2014, it won the Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary of the Year from the National Alliance of Women in Media.
Donahue is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about Constantine Stanislavsky and his legacy; and in post-production on The Best is Yet to Come about actor/performer Robert Davi and his journey to put on a 100th birthday concert tribute to his idol, Frank Sinatra. Recently, Donahue produced the feature film, Ponies (directed by Nick Sandow of Orange is the New Black), starring Johnny Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) and Kevin Corrigan. It was named a New York Times Critics Pick upon its theatrical release in 2012. Donahue directed the feature documentary, Guest of Cindy Sherman which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews (5 stars, Time Out NY).
The film, which opened theatrically in March 2009, was selected by the New York Times as recommended watching when it made its premiere on the Sundance Channel in May 2009. Donahue has produced and edited numerous features and documentaries that, combined, have won over 25 awards at such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SXSW, Venice, San Sebastian and Tribeca.