Short Film Honoring MARSOC, “The Detail,” set to Premiere at Cucalorus Festival

the detail short film

Film inspired by the true story of local veteran, MSgt. Thomas V. Saunders, will debut November 12

The upcoming short film, THE DETAIL, is set to make its world premiere at the 23rd Cucalorus Festival this Veteran’s Day weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina. THE DETAIL is a relevant and timely short film inspired by the true story behind the brotherhood of Special Operations Marines.

THE DETAIL will premiere on Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m. EDT at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC. Tickets and festival passes are available online at or in person at the box office at Thalian Hall.

“It’s an honor to debut THE DETAIL at one of the top festivals in the U.S.,” said Director and Producer Kat Croft. “My entire team is thrilled to premiere our film right in the heart of the Marine Raider community. We hope the audience is inspiredby our message.“

Writer/Director Kat Croft was directly inspired by the incredibly movingcelebration of lifeceremonies held to honor the fallen veterans of the Special Operations community, and specifically by the ceremony held for her close family friend, MSgt. Thomas Saunders who lost his life with 6 other Marine Raiders and 4 National Guardsmen while training for deployment in 2015.

THE DETAIL offers audiences an exclusive glimpse into the special traditions of Special Operations Marines in the moments just before one of their brothers-in-arms returns home from his deployment. The lead character, Master Sergeant Ian Teague, receives orders to prepare the perfect “Welcome Home” party for one of his brothers-in-arms and is forced to complete a task list as he attempts to wrangle his team to pull off an unusual mission.

Croft is thrilled that she was able to make this film with both retired and active veterans and hopes to raise awareness to support Raising Raiders, a non profit dedicated to supporting the families and children of the fallen. Croft is also extremely proud to have women at the helm of this project.

“It’s rare to find a production of all women filmmakers above the line on a project. I honestly didn’t plan it, but am proud of it looking back. I surround myself with people I love to work with and we had a stellar crew of both men and women, veterans and civilians. Truth is, we all work the same when we’re doing our job. I’m proud of my crew who worked so hard to make this film come to life.”

Cucalorus is a non-competitive festival focused on supporting innovative artists and encouraging creative exchange. The festival is held each November in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina with screenings of more than 300 films from around the world.



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