A new documentary by filmmaker Scott Mactavish depicts courage and character among American military personnel in a response to what he calls Hollywood portrayals of American troops as rapacious, homicidal sociopaths.
He says that "God and Country," which is now ready for distribution, is different from recent movies like "Redacted" and "The Valley of Elah." Mactavish says those films portray American troops as "bloodthirsty thugs."
Mactavish, a veteran who served in the Cold War and Gulf War era, says he wants to disprove the Hollywood image of American soldiers as "rapists and murderers."
Mactavish's company, Mactavish Films, has produced a variety of videos and films, including "Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer" with Albemarle County resident Sissy Spacek.
"God and Country" includes a segment on the late Corporal Bradley Arms, who graduated from Charlottesville's Covenant School. He was killed in 2004 in Iraq.
The documentary includes an interview with Arms' family in Charlottesville.