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Houston Short Film Depicts PTSD Firsthand

Filmmakers Darren Tompkins and David Black talk about A Soldier’s Judgment.

A Soldier's Judgment
A scene from the short film, A Soldier’s Judgment, which was shot in Houston.


A Soldier's Judgment PosterA new short film shot in Houston aims to depict what many military veterans experience as they deal with PTSD.

A Soldier's Judgment has a pretty simple plot: an Army veteran is sitting in a bar having a few drinks. He tells some of his stories to the bartender, who's a veteran too.

Throughout the 20-minute film, we see some glimpses of what the soldier sees as he reflects – and some of it's disturbing.

Darren Tompkins, the film's writer and producer, is himself a 13-year Army vet, and he says the basic idea stemmed from a pretty common conversation many veterans will often have with each other about where they served.

The film's director, David Black, says he hopes the story illustrates what many veterans have had to deal with psychologically throughout history.

"We're asking these soldiers to go and sacrifice little pieces of themselves for the sake of their mission," he said. "And I think that it's important that we remember that."

A Soldier's Judgment: Darren Tompkins and David Black
Darren Tompkins and David Black of the Houston short film, A Soldier’s Judgment.

A Soldier's Judgment will be screened at the Austin Indie Fest on Saturday, Nov. 10, as a part of a series of films about veterans.

In the audio above, Tompkins and Black tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about the film.


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