By Gregory Crofton
The filmmakers followed Adam Sorensen, a U.S. Marine, for six years to document his adjustment to life as a civilian, a move forced by a bomb blast he survived in Afghanistan in 2010.
At first he seemed OK. He completed a marathon, found love and got married.
But the severe concussion he suffered in the blast, and the trauma he experienced in 68 firefights on the battlefield, caught up with him, as it does with many veterans.
In “HOMEMADE” we watch the life of this decorated Marine slowly fall apart. It’s an incredibly important film because it puts a face on the terror and suffering many members of our military deal with after completing their service.
Sorensen overdoses on pills at one point. He was lucky and survived the ordeal, but last year 321 veterans died by suicide, 57 of them Marines. If you’re a veteran in need of immediate help you can find it here.
The best part of “Homemade” is that today Sorensen is alive and doing well. He’s remarried and working at a horse ranch in Moab, Utah.
I watched this documentary at the 2019 Nashville Film Festival. Sorensen was in attendance, as were co-directors Jason Maris and Danielle Bernstein. They, along with other veterans and healthcare professionals, participated in a post-screening discussion about issues presented in the film.