"The Hornet's Nest" movie opening in Wichita


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Wichita, Kan. -- Monday night will be the first public screening of the movie, "The Hornet's Nest."

The invitation only showing was sold out. But the rest of us in Wichita will get the chance to see the movie opening May 16th.

A publicist with Motive Entertainment says 'The Hornet's Nest' is 100% real and raw battlefield combat footage taken from the most violent part of Afghanistan. The film is not re-enactment.

The war video comes from two embedded journalists, Mike Boettcher and his son Carolos Boettcher. Mike Boettcher has covered wars and revolutions around the world for 35 years for CNN, NBC and now for ABC.

Boettcher tells KAKE's Chris Frank, "The Hornet's Nest is the real life experience of our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan. That's what it is. And it's meant to connect the 99 percent of the American public who do not feel the pain of war with the less than one percent who do feel it."

Boettcher is no stranger to Wichita. He grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma and often came to Wichita as a youth.

Boettcher says, "Essentially this story is a father/son story that is set in the midst of a bunch of other fathers and son and mothers and daughters who are in uniform in Afghanistan."

Boettcher says the project was an opportunity to reconnect with his son Carolos. Boettcher says his son used to hate the news business because it often required his dad to be away from home too much.

Yet his son winds up choosing father's occupation and is a producer for ABC news.

"I never dreamed my son would want to be a journalist. But he suddenly changed and wanted to come with me."

But that also made for very intense, stressful times in Afghanistan as the bullets were flying a bombs exploding all around them.

"And it is intense, no doubt. We almost died several times."

Boettcher hopes many of the airmen from McConnell Air Force Base watch the movie. He says, "Those refueling tankers saved our rears many a time because it allowed a continuous combat air patrol over us."


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