Penny Allen’s award winning film closely documents her encounter with an American soldier on his way home from Iraq. Sitting next to her on a plane, he struck up a revealing, anguished conversation that she turned into The Soldier’s Tale.
Allen is a seminal figure in Portland film history – her first film, Property, gave two recent art school graduates named Gus Van Sant and Eric Edwards their first professional exposure to low budget, entirely independent filmmaking.
Allen worked again with Edwards on The Soldier’s Tale. Catch it on the big screen if you go to Paris this spring. Or buy the DVD straight from Allen.