8000 Miles On the Road to Recovery
PTSD is very strange disease and I bet that most of us rally have no idea how terrible it can be unless it happens in our own families. Let me say from the outset that this is not an easy film to watch but it is a very important look at a very major problem. Korey Rowe, who made this film gives us a very real look at PTSD. The film, “Mile Marker” is about Rowe and his two tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, Korey Rowe, along with his former Rakkasan Brothers on their long road to recovery from PTSD. The Rakkasans were the invading force for both Middle Eastern Theater Wars where Korey and his unit were in the midst twice.
This film looks at and investigates new and controversial techniques and methods for treating PTSD and as it does, it gives us a look into the lives of veterans in America today. To make this film, Rowe traveled 8,000 miles across the United States and back from his home in California. His purpose was to check in with his former battle buddies who served with him 15 years ago in the 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division. As he travels, he interviews psychologists and specialists from the National Center for PTSD in White River Junction, Vermont hoping to get a better understanding of the underlying symptoms and associated triggers of those with PTSD.
In investigating the techniques and methods for treating PTSD (such as marijuana), we look into the lives of veterans in America today. Korey was inspired by his former battle buddy, Jesse Snider, who lost his struggle to PTSD in 2014 and this film gives an authentic portrayal of veterans today in America as they fight combat to overcome drug addiction, criminal issues, and their own personal struggles with PTSD. These are real stories by real people who have lived through and survived this terrible growing epidemic.
Korey Rowe’s goal is to explore the truth of the life of veterans and the ongoing struggle with PTSD. He took care of everything about each interview he had including the lighting, the monitored audio and the focus—he conducted each interview, edited the entire film and secured distribution on his own, ran all equipment maintenance, and drove every mile of the trip without a support staff on a minimal budget and extending timeline. This is the result of his determination.
The film has already been awarded Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival, Award of Excellence at the IndieFest and more. For more information about Mile Marker, visit milemarkerfilm.com.
“In honor of the number 22 and its association with 22 veterans per day committing suicide, Mile Marker will be available on iTunes for presale on May 1st until May 22nd, when the movie will be released. 22% of all gross presale receipts will be donated to the organizations who have partnered with the film to help spread its message. Those organizations include: Hero Grown, MAPS, Weed for Warriors, Vet Cannabis Group, Heart Strings for Heroes, Veteran Health Solutions and The Mission Continues.”
Korey Rowe, currently lives in Los Angeles and is a producer, editor and owner of Prism Pictures, LLC. He served with the 101st Airborne Division 187th Infantry Regiment in the Afghanistan Invasion as well as the Iraq Invasion and lived in the Middle East for most of 2002 – 2004.