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Inspired by the passing of U.S.O. perennial Bob Hope, Friars Club roast-master Jeffrey Ross takes Drew up on an invitation to join the U.S.O. in their ongoing mission - delivering punch-lines on the front lines. Having just bought a new camcorder, he travels to Iraq and captures his rare, intimate, and often times hilarious experience on camera. Armed with nothing but that camcorder and some jokes, Ross shoots his own life-changing experience as he travels alongside six other well known comics, entertaining battle weary G.I.'s stationed in some of the most remote parts of the Sunni Triangle. Written by
an honest, unbiased documentary about the war in Iraq.
Jeffrey Ross, a Friar's Club regular and comedy club mainstay for the past 15 years, steps into the role of documentary filmmaker in "Patriot Act." As part of Drew Carey's USO tour, Ross recorded over 15 hours of footage during a five-day trip through Iraq. What had begun as a home movie soon turned into something more for Ross as he was faced with the realities of war. Although the film is essentially a comedy, "Patriot Act" contains many heart-felt moments. Blake Clarke, one of the comedians on the tour and a decorated Vietnam Vet, recounts memories of war, the 60's anti-war movement, and military life then and now. Ross interviews many soldiers stationed throughout Iraq, giving the viewer honest, first-hand accounts of the controversial "war on terror."
"Patriot Act" is a wonderful film about war, the healing power of comedy, and one man's journey from the comedy club circuit to the front lines in Iraq.
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