When Marine Colonel Eric Hastings returned home to Montana in 1969 after flying missions, as he said, “high above the death and destruction” in Vietnam, he battled nightmares. Hastings, now retired, turned to fly-fishing to recover.
“When I came back from combat, I found I needed relief. And the more I went fly-fishing, the more I knew I needed more of it. It became an absolute desperate physical and mental need. And I had to do it, or I was going to kill someone,” Hastings said.
The film is about Hastings and five other veterans whom he took fishing as a path to recovery. Former U.S. Marine Erik Goodge, an Evansville, Ind. veteran featured in the film, and producers/directors Sabrina Lee and Steve Platcow, will do Q&A sessions following the screenings.
Lee and Platcow followed Col. Hastings as he led three marines, a soldier and a Navy SEAL to Montana’s fishing streams.
Wounded Navy SEAL Elliott Miller said through an automated iPad voice: “The hardest thing, and this probably goes for just about any wounded warrior out there, is having to learn every little thing all over again. Only this time, where you were once an able, barrel-chested freedom fighter and proud, now you are broken and weak and humble. And so it just adds a whole new level of difficulty to it.”
Details: Film general admission is $11, veterans $7. The Film Center is ADA accessible. Parking is available at InterPark Self-Park, 20 E. Randolph St. For more information call 800-982-2787 and 312-846-2800 and visit Film and Siskel. The Gene Siskel Film Center is at 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60601.