almost sunrise

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almost sunrise

hope is on the horizon WATCH TRAILER DONATE

Almost Sunrise

Hope is on the horizon WATCH TRAILER DONATE

About The Movie

Film Synopsis

Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey -- a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves. Will this epic pilgrimage allow them to begin the new life they so desperately seek?



Caroline Jones BY Washington City Paper’s Guide to AFI Docs 2016
Seth Shire by Unpaid Film Critic
Janet Donovan of Hollywood on the Potomac
Steve Kopian of Unseen Films
Mark Rifkin on This Week in New York

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Impact Campaign

Our vision for the Almost Sunrise IMPACT CAMPAIGN is to walk with veterans on a path towards healing.

The goals for our impact campaign are three-fold:

Changing the narrative

The campaign will seek to challenge stereotypes through public education, engage communities through the use of visual and performance arts, and partner with targeted NGOs to use the film to support and promote their missions.

Promoting wellness

The campaign will challenge the current view of vets as sick or disordered and promote the growing body of research and experience around alternative, live-changing treatments that are being proven to address the issue of moral injury, such as meditation and outdoor, adventure experience therapy.

Support current national strategies.

There are current efforts led by federal policymakers and legislators to improve Veteran Service Organizations ability to promote good psychological health through increased holistic practices. Using existing veterans centers, federal resources would help transform facilities into places of comfort, familiarity and health for thousands of men and women and their families.




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Veteran Resources


We are the first national civilian not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing active duty and Veteran suicide.


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for returning veterans and their families. We provide safe and effective techniques for stress relief, greater health and well-being, and empowerment.


The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces.


  • 01October

    Milwaukee Film Festival

    • Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 7 pm
    • Landmark Oriental Theatre, 2230 N Farwell Ave
  • 02October

    Milwaukee Film Festival

    • Sunday, October 02, 2016 at 10:30 am
    • Landmark Oriental Theatre, 2230 N Farwell Ave
  • 03October

    Mr. Zappla's War and Peace Class

    • Monday, October 03, 2016 at 7pm
    • University of Wisconsin at Washington County Theater, West Bend
  • 06October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Wingate, North Carolina

    • Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7 PM
    • The Batte Center at Wingate University
  • 07October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Hapeville, Georgia

    • Friday, October 7, 2016, 7 PM
    • City of Hapeville Association of Trade & Tourism
  • 10October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Troy, Alabama

    • Monday, October 10, 2016, 6 PM
    • Troy University, Office of Service Learning & Civic Engagement
  • 12October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Jackson, Mississippi

    • Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 7 PM
    • Crossroads Film Society
  • 13October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Barbourville, Kentucky

    • Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 PM
    • Union College, Barbourville, KY
  • 13October

    Reel World Film Festival - Toronto, Canada

    • Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8:25 PM
    • Harbourfront Centre Theatre
  • 14October

    Reel World Film Festival - Toronto, Canada

    • Friday, October 14, 2016, 8:15 PM
    • Studio Theatre
  • 14October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Sheffield, Alabama

    • Friday, October 14, 2016, 7 PM
    • The Tennessee Valley Art Association/Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL
  • 15October

    Southern Circuit Tour - Roswell, Georgia

    • Saturday, October 15, 2016, 7 PM
    • City of Roswell, Roswell, GA
  • 21October

    Washington West Film Festival

    • Friday, October 21, 2016, 8 PM
    • Bow Tie Cinema 11940 Market St, Reston, VA 20190
  • 22October

    Syracuse International Film Festival

    • Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8:15 PM
    • SHEMIN AUDITORIUM, Shaffer Hall, Syracuse, NY 13210


Latest news

“War Wounds That Time Alone Cant Heal”

  Jun 6, 2016     almostsunrise

byJane E. BrodyNo doubt in the course of your life, you did something, or failed to do something, that left you feeling guilty or ashamed. What if that something was in such violation of your moral compass that you felt unable to forgive yourself, undeserving of happiness, perhaps even unfit to live?   Read more...

“Mountainfilm awards announced”

  Jun 1, 2016     almostsunrise

By Laurel Black At this years Mountainfilm, people literally dropped out of the sky. A bold, larger-than-life mural sparked discussion in the community. The festivals Moving Mountains prize gives money to a nonprofit featured in a film this year, Project Welcome Home Troops, featured in Almost Sunrise,   Read more:  ...

“Documentary follows Iraq War vets across country”

  May 30, 2016     almostsunrise

FOX News Shepard Smith Reporting Veteran in 'Almost Sunrise' describes his journey

“Almost Sunrise soars as deeply moving film portrait of two men trying to heal”

  May 28, 2016     almostsunrise

By Steve Kopian We have to applaud Michael Collins for making a film that genuinely will move you to tears. World Premiering at the Tellluride Mountainfilm Festival and playing soon at several other festivals ALMOST SUNRISE is the story of Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, two veterans who decide to walk across America hoping to find a way to heal themselves by spreading awareness of PTS and the fa...

“Veteran Overcomes PTSD with Help of Breathing Meditation”

  May 26, 2016     almostsunrise

By Kristen Shaughnessy   In this Healthy Living report, Time Warner Cable News Kristen Shaughnessy explains how yoga-based breathing techniques helped one veteran overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.  ...

Almost Sunrise documentary delves into moral injury among veterans”

  May 26, 2016     almostsunrise

KOTO Community Radio 91.7 FM By Cara Pallone

“Steps toward healing”

  May 26, 2016     almostsunrise

By Laurel Black Almost Sunrise shows transformation of veterans through nature Its not uncommon to turn to a long walk perhaps a mile, maybe two to clear ones head.Less common is the 2,700-mile walk that took Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss from Wisconsin to California.But then again, the pair of Iraq combat veterans had more to work through than most civilians can comprehend. ...

“Veterans Walk 2,700 Miles to Help Their Own”

  May 26, 2016     almostsunrise

By Kat Long Their epic trek, both physical and psychological, is chronicled in the new documentary Almost Sunrise, premiering at Mountainfilm in Telluride, Coloraldo over Memorial Day weekend. As we walked toward the ocean, I knew my wife, daughter, and sister were waiting at the finish line, Anthony Anderson remembers. The walk was over, and now it was about putting my money where my mouth...

“Almost Sunrise Documentary to Help Open Telluride Mountainfilm Festival”

  May 26, 2016     almostsunrise

By Gregg Kilday The film about two Iraq War vets also will screen at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and AFI Docs.Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco's documentary feature Almost Sunrise will have its world premiere on the opening night of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, which kicks off Friday.   Read More  ...

“Telluride Mountainfilm 2016 features movies with a conscience”

  May 24, 2016     almostsunrise

By John Wenzel The festival offerseverything from short environmental documentaries shot on iPhones to epic nonfiction features on political, spiritual and humanitarian topics, such as the healing-focused Almost Sunrise, which followstwo Iraq veterans on a 2,700-mile foot trek across America. Read More...

“Demonstrates the Power of Meditation & Nature in Healing Moral Injury of War”

  May 19, 2016     almostsunrise

By Lawrence Gleeson Once in a while, a film comes along that breaks from the genre. But a unique new film takes a rare, uplifting look at the life of veterans beyond their demons. Read more  ...