Film: Hearts and Minds

Army veteran and Columbia University MFA Film Candidate, Jesse Gustafson (, has completed principal photography on his thesis film, HEARTS AND MINDS. The film follows a young US Infantryman on a mission during his first tour in Afghanistan.


The film highlights the moment when a young teenager faces the battlefield for the first time. He encounters things he could never prepare for and in the process grows beyond his years. This is not a political film and the message is simple: war changes people. At the end of the film the young soldier has only one option, continue the mission despite what he feels or what he’s gone through.


You can learn more about the film, the filmmakers, see photos from the production process and see a trailer here:


This film was created with the veteran experience in mind and we had several talented veteran collaborators on board, including several Columbia vets who served as technical advisers and appear in the film.


Though photography is complete we’re still in the long process of postproduction. The film has already been awarded several development grants by the Tribeca Film Institute and Light Iron Post Production, but there is still more to go.


The film is currently seeking finishing funds. With that comes an Executive Producer credit. HEARTS AND MINDS is a non-profit film, as such any monies going to the film are tax-deductable. If anyone is interested in joining the HEARTS AND MINDS team as a financial backer and producer, please contact the director directly at:

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