New Documentary Blows the Cover Off the Iraq War's Untold Story

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Shadow Company the movie, now available on DVD, shows the use of mercenary forces in US lead wars around the world. Now the second largest component of coalition forces on the ground in Iraq.

Director: Nick Bicanic, Jason Bourque

Total Running Time: 86 Minutes

New DVD Release Exposes the Secret World of Modern Day Mercenaries

Wednesday August 23, 2006-Shadow Company, a groundbreaking feature-length documentary, gives audiences unprecedented access to the hidden world of modern day mercenaries, and the significant role they play in Iraq and other global conflicts.

A two-minute trailer of the film, posted in early 2006 (http://www.shadowcompany.com) has already been download over 1 million times.

Numerous film festival screenings have resulted in rave reviews and lengthy post screening discussions.

The film is generating debate at the highest echelons of power in Hollywood and Washington DC.

"Shadow Company is a must-see film for anyone who is concerned about our military and our security being privatized." stressed Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), after a recent screening on Capitol Hill coordinated by Senator Edward Kennedy.

First time director Nick Bicanic traveled to four continents to deliver a balanced and unflinching look at the men and the companies behind the phenomenon of the modern day mercenary.

Edward Zwick, who used Shadow Company as part of the inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in his upcoming feature length film The Blood Diamond raves ”In addition to being extremely well-executed, I thought its even-handed tone was particularly sophisticated - encouraging an audience to consider the complexity of the issue, rather than the more exploitative depictions with which the subject is usually treated”

“I made this film to show the true story of soldiers for hire. Who they are, what they do and why" added Bicanic “I discovered along the way that the rules of war have changed”

The trailer for Shadow Company can be viewed at http://www.shadowcompany.com.

Press kits and DVD screeners can be requested via the contacts below.

Nick Bicanic: Director, Producer & Creator

A co-founder of Purpose Films - http://www.purposefilms.com, Nick Bicanic comes to the Film and Television industry from 8 years of experience in the world of New Media. In the late 1990’s, Nick abandoned PhD studies in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to found and run a multimedia design and strategy company in London. After steering the company successfully through wild changes in the Internet marketplace (and writing numerous newspaper articles and books on the industry in the process) the company was sold and Nick took this opportunity to freely explore ways of fusing his two main interests – storytelling and technology. His very first dramatic film - ‘Art History’ - which he wrote, directed and produced was to reap awards and get picked up by Panasonic for their worldwide demo reel. While co-producing ‘Under The Cover’, a dramatic mini-series for CBC, Nick met Jason Bourque, whom he convinced to collaborate with him on Shadow Company. When not behind or beside a camera, Nick also likes to ski, fly helicopters and windsurf – a lot.

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