Charlie Bewley will be spending the next five to six weeks on a road trip across the United States of America to research and interview war veterans for Into the Heart of America: A Soldier’s Story. Charlie Bewley is a co-founder of the company behind the project, Astoria Entertainment, and Chairman of Into the Heart of America: A Soldier’s Story.
Throughout the months of July and August 2011, we will be embarking upon a research and development road trip across the United States for approximately 5-6 weeks. During this time we will be meeting with soldiers (and their families) who have returned home to the US from active duty abroad.
Our research will encompass the entire scope of a soldier’s life from before enlistment, through basic training to active duty abroad, and then returning home. Our prime focus is on the physical and emotional hardship suffered and how well the needs of these returning servicemen are met by the institutions who support them. We’d like to add that this is not a political project by any means. We believe that putting politics into the equation distracts from the more important concern, that of the soldiers themselves.
Additionally, and in keeping with ASTORIA’s ongoing integrated philanthropic efforts*, we will be working with several charities and relief foundations during our travels, including but not limited to: tornado relief in Joplin, MO, and community outreach programs in Louisiana, rebuilding homes in the post-Katrina aftermath. We are also volunteering for and presenting awards to the veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburg, Penn.
Joining us on our team for the journey will be Elizabeth Cook- Disabled US ARMY Veteran and Associate Producer for Astoria Entertainment, Jupiter Baudot- Researcher/Documentarian, Matt Dallas- Actor, Steven Grayhm- Actor and Co-founder of Astoria, Charlie Bewley-Actor and Co-Founder of Astoria.