Anti-War Comedy Shorts

The seven films that have been shot so far can all be seen on the Videos page of this site.

  • G.I. Hospital (Animation)

    Shot in summer 2016

    A group of wounded veterans are okay with their injuries because it was "for our country." Until one guy asks,  "What does that really mean, anyway?"

  • Gonna Be a Soldier

    Shot in summer 2016

    Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents tell him he has to be a soldier, and kill people. Joey has some serious questions about that future.

  • Dear Commander Biff

    (So far, one episode shot.)

    A series of two-minute episodes in which the good commander explains war to civilians. I've shot one, and will be shooting the rest after polishing the writing. In episode #1 Biff explains that "War is hell. Unless you're in the Navy...and then it's fun."

  • Here's Your Flag

    Shot in fall 2016

    An Army colonel arrives at a woman's house to announce that her son, who just enlisted yesterday, will die in battle. But she'll get some medals and a flag. Initially she’s upset, but she comes to terms with it. After all, he did sign the papers.

  • We Saved Private Ryan

    Shot in fall 2016

    It's WWII, and Captain Hodges shows up on the doorstep of Mrs. Ryan to give her the good news that one of her four sons...is alive! Of course, the other three are dead, but the good captain thinks Mrs. Ryan is looking at the glass 3/4 empty.

  • Block This Caller

    Shot in summer 2016

    Based on Mark Twain's observation that:

    “All war must be just the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it.”

    An Arab and an American meet randomly in the desert, and receive cell phone calls from "the powers that be" suggesting that each one kill the other because of their nationality.

  • A Man in Uniform

    Shot December 2016

    An Air Force colonel waiting at an elevator is approached by a sexy woman who tells him she just loves a man in uniform. He receives the compliment humbly, but then she adds that she thinks the uniform is a symbol of his power to kill another person with impunity, that he'll kill when he gets the chance, because being a killer is part of who he is. It's in his heart. She says all these things in admiration, but suddenly he's not so sure he likes these "compliments."

  • Cadence

    Shot in March 2017

    Sadly, the U.S. military has some cadences—chants by drilling soldiers—that are racist and inhumane. This film uses humor to bring that to light, and to spotlight the absurdity of seeing "other" as "inhuman," so that soldiers can feel okay about killing their fellow human beings.

  • Truth in Recruiting

    Now in postproduction..

    A young man desperate for work goes to the Army recruiting office. But he sees a disclaimer on the “Be All You Can Be” poster that says “You might die, or get your arms and legs blown off. But the recruiting officer, undaunted, still does his best to sign the young man up.

  • Town Meeting

    I have the location and crew, but this film has a lot of actors and is beyond my current resources to be able to shoot it.

    Two government officials offer a town new jobs. The catch is that the jobs entail killing women and children. The townspeople raise a few objections, but quickly sign up after assurances such as "the children don't look like your children, and they live very far away."

 

 

Jonny Lewis