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Palm, HBO Donate DVDs

17 May, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

Palm Pictures and HBO Video are supporting the troops with DVD.

Palm will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the documentary Gunner Palace DVD to the Fisher House Foundation, a home for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Veterans Administration hospitals. Palm last week presented an initial $10,000 donation to the organization.

The Fisher House was the perfect tie-in for the partnership, said Lisa Nishimura, GM of Palm Pictures.

“It was really important to show our commitment to the Fisher House Foundation because their mission correlates directly with [Gunner Palace director] Michael Tucker's commitment to share a rare glimpse into the day-in and day-out experiences of the soldier, without a right- or left-leaning agenda,” she said.

Gunner Palace follows the U.S. soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, known as “gunners,” whose home base was a hollowed-out palace built by Saddam Hussein. The division participated in skirmishes in the months after President Bush declared the war in Iraq to be over. Sixty gunners died in the Bush-described “minor combat” shown in the film.

Tucker is heading back to Iraq to shoot follow-up footage to Gunner Palace, which was released in U.S. theaters early in March.

Palm releases the DVD June 28.

Meanwhile, HBO Home Video and Amazon.com have teamed up for an exclusive with the Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields of Iraq DVD. The disc is available now for sale only at Amazon and will street at retail Nov. 1.

A portion of the sales from the Amazon exclusive will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The program features readings of letters from perished soldiers to family and loved ones and was produced in association with LIFE Books.

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