DVD: Ears Open. Eyeballs Click.
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Directed by Canaan Brumley. An amazing documentary chronicling 12 weeks of bootcamp; true to life. This is a must-see for recruit parents that want to know what bootcamp is like.
From Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder of Marine Parents:
Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click is a documentary, both raw and real. I watched the film for the first time, not during bootcamp, but after my son had already completed three combat tours in Iraq. The video helped me to visualize the toughness of bootcamp, but more importantly, I understood that the disciplines and skills he and his brothers learned were exactly what they needed as a combat team. It is my hope, for the recruit family members watching this video for the first time, that you too will have the benefit of that understanding.
From the Producer:
If you thought the drill instructors from The Boys in Company C and Full Metal Jacket were pure fictions, this vivid documentary chronicling 12 weeks of Marine Corps recruit training shows how true-to-life those loud-mouthed portrayals can be. From the first moment the bus arrives at a San Diego marine base, the screaming begins. Drill instructors shout at the top of their lungs "Open your mouth!" and "Hurry the freak up!" as frazzled, fresh-faced recruits tackle any number of tasks. Without judgment or bias, EARS, OPEN. EYEBALLS, CLICK presents an unfiltered, fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the chaos and pain of bootcamp.