A feature documentary that brings together a choreographer, her dancers, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author
A Film by Ron Honsa Featuring Robin Becker Dance
Inspired by They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss
“To fully understand the impact of the Vietnam War and the splintering emotions it brings to bear, there are many places one need look: to the battlefield, of course, but also to college campuses, living rooms, cemeteries and the dark landscape of a veteran’s mind. ‘Into Sunlight’ is a sweeping survey of all those settings.”
THE WASHINGTON POST
“Whether military or civilian, “Into Sunlight” is not just worth one’s time. It’s a necessary experience in today’s society, for it reflects with rare sincerity on the echoes of Vietnam as they reverberate in American life right now. At its best, art has the potential to heal. This is art at its best.”
Colonel Scott T. Krawczyk
WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY
David Maraniss’ They Marched Into Sunlight is a nonfiction account of two days in October 1967 when war was raging in Vietnam and the antiwar movement was raging in America. The book inspired choreographer Robin Becker to re-imagine this story into a dramatic dance performance – a rare marriage.
Into Sunlight – The Film combines the dance performance, historic events in Vietnam, and student protests on the University of Wisconsin campus into a powerful documentary. Director Ron Honsa weaves choreography and archival footage with interviews with Robin Becker, David Maraniss and key figures from the book.
The documentary comes full circle when the dancers are invited to perform their work in Vietnam, adding another layer of depth to this provocative story of war and its lasting imprint on all of us.
CHOREOGRAPHER, Robin Becker
“When I read They Marched Into Sunlight, David Maraniss’ powerful book on the Vietnam War, I immediately responded to the timelessness and universality of the themes and events he documented. I was deeply moved by the integrity, honor, and commitment of both those who fought the war, and those who fought against it. I embarked upon the creation of this dance, Into Sunlight, hoping that the universal language of the body would reflect and offer the same sense of healing that David’s words evoked in me.”
AUTHOR, David Maraniss
“Like most authors, I’ve occasionally imagined my books as movies, or documentaries, or plays, but until Robin Becker came along I had never thought of one being transformed into dance. Of all my works, They Marched Into Sunlight, with its themes of struggle, dissent, bravery, and overwhelming loss, is best suited for this art form, and I was absolutely thrilled by seeing what a choreographer with Robin’s insight and emotional power did with it. Dance is a universal language, which is also the language in which I tried to write this book.”
DIRECTOR, Ron Honsa
“I was fascinated to explore this union of a nonfiction book and a dance performance, which allowed me to create a film from multiple viewpoints. I was able to edit the dance performance against provocative conversations and archival footage to capture the volatile Vietnam era, which has always resonated deeply with me.”
“Into Sunlight” is far-reaching … forceful, reverential remembrance of the lives lost in that era.
Sarah Halzack, WASHINGTON POST
“Into Sunlight” is poignant and devastating.
Lindsay Christians, THE CAPITOL TIMES
From a memoir of war and loss, “Into Sunlight” seeks to heal.
Sarah Kaufman, THE WASHINGTON POST
Listen to the Pod De Deux podcast of Director Ron Honsa, Producer Nan Penman, and Choreographer Robin Becker speaking about the making of the documentary.
PREMIERE AT DANCE ON CAMERA
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA
Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
Southampton Art Center in Southampton, NY
Wine Country Film Festival in Sonoma, CA
BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago, IL
DIRECTOR – Ron Honsa
PRODUCER – Nan Penman
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER – Robin Becker
INSPIRED BY They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Anh-Tuyet Nguyen
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS – Elyn & Jeffrey Kronemeyer
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Jeff Hodges & Jimmy O’Donnell
POST PRODUCTION – Moving Pictures
EDITORS – Eric Solomon, Paul Dougherty, Jaclyn Lee
ONLINE COLOR CORRECTION – Evan Anthony
AUDIO MIX – Onomatopoeia, Inc.
MUSIC DIRECTOR & COMPOSER – Arthur Solari
COMPOSERS – Chris Lastovicka & Andrea Bauer
Robin Becker Dance