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FALLEN ANGEL – CALL SIGN: EXTORTION 17 (2021)
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FEATURING
JEFFREY ADDICOTT
JERRY BOYKIN
DON BROWN
EDDIE GALLGHER
SEAN HANNITY
BILLY VAUGHN
KAREN VAUGHN

WRITTEN BY
STEPHEN SPIVEY

CINEMATOGRAPHY BY
CHRIS GAROFALO
ETHAN SNEED
CHARLES TUDOR
PETE WAGES
BRIAN WINGERT

EDITED BY
STEVE HULLFISH
LONNY PELOT

MUSIC BY
WILL MUSSER

PRODUCED BY
KARL HORSTMANN

DIRECTED BY
KARL HORSTMANN
STEPHEN SPIVEY

GENRE
DOCUMENTARY
WAR

RATED
AUS:NA
UK:NA
USA:NA

RUNTIME
93 MIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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With a mournful yet defiant spirit and unquenchable desire for the truth, Fallen Angel – Call Sign: Extortion 17 delves into the facts, the lies, the cover-up, and the legacy of one of the worst tragedies in US military history.

It always comes back to 9/11. That tragic day 20 years ago set forth a series of events that still shapes America today. Among the debris of metal and concrete and flesh and blood that was the Two Towers lies with it a mountain of stories chewed up and spit out by an insatiable news cycle.

Among those is the story of Extortion 17, the call sign of a military helicopter shot down in Afghanistan by an enemy RPG in 2011. Thirty Navy SEALs lost their lives in the attack, the worst loss of U.S. military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign.

The ramifications of what happened with Extortion 17 run especially deep, with many questions still asked about what happened, how it could happen, and what events transpired afterwards. Fallen Angel: Call Sign – Extortion 17 attempts to get to the bottom of these questions, and the results are equally perplexing and disturbing.

Written by Stephen Spivey, who co-directs with Karl Horstmann, Fallen Angel: Call Sign – Extortion 17 uses Don Brown’s book “Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot Down of SEAL Team Six” as its guide to the events of that night, which Spivey and Horstmann replicate with rather impressive dramatic recreations that, on their own, could be used in a war movie.

What truly brings the story of Fallen Angel… home is the testimony of not only those who have strong military expertise, but of the soldiers who were there that night and were forced to watch on by restrictive rules of war that have become bogged down by bureaucratic politicians who care more for saving face as opposed to protecting soldiers.

It speaks to an attitude towards the men and women in the military who are viewed as expendable, with those who have not died in the field of battle having to deal with the physical and psychological consequences. The rates of PTSD and suicide among those who served in the military is an insidious issue.

That the results of an investigation into the Extortion tragedy had led to more questions than answers, especially from gold star families left in the cold, brings to the fore the importance of a documentary like Fallen Angel: Call Sign – Extortion 17, a movie fuelled by the pleas of those seeking the truth, and crafted with impeccable skill, unquenchable curiosity, keen intelligence, and a passion to ask the questions that still need to be answered.

****

 

 

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