Texas-Made "The Long Road Home" premieres tonight at 9/8c on Nat Geo!

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Texas Film Commission

Texas Film Commission | "Now Showing!" Newsletter, November 2017

Crew Wrap
Photo Credit: Van Redin / Nat Geo

National Geographic's The Long Road Home premieres tonight at 9/8c

Based on Martha Raddatz's best-selling book, the series chronicles the real events of "Black Sunday" (April 4, 2004) when members of the U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division were ambushed in Sadr City, Iraq.

Filming locations include: Fort Hood in Killeen, Austin, Copperas Cove, Fort Worth & Harker Heights. 

 The Long Road Home is yet another production that showcases the far-reaching impact of the Texas moving image industry, and we are so excited to see what the Texas talent, crew, vendors, military personnel and veterans have created!

Michael Kelly
Photo Credit: Van Redin / Nat Geo

Employing Texas Veterans

Approx. 1,250 of 4,450 background cast bookings were veterans or active military personnel. Two of these were from the First Cavalry Division that is portrayed in the series.

Actual combat medics and ER nurses from local schools were hired as extras in those scenes to add to their authenticity.

Two actual members of the 2004 2/5 Cav Charlie Company were hired as military consultants to assist in the props department.

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KDH Image
Photo Credit: Kim Stock / Killeen Daily Herald

Texas Cast & Crew

Hired 485 local crew and 58 local cast members, including 40 crew and 3 cast members from the Killeen area.

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Overhead Set
Photo Credit: Van Redin / Nat Geo

On the Set at Fort Hood Army Base

A projected $1.05M was saved by shooting on the Fort Hood training range instead of an L.A. backlot. During the time of production, the series constructed the largest working set in North America.

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Filming Army Truck
Photo Credit: Van Redin / Nat Geo

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All numbers above are approximate/projected and were compiled and provided by members of The Long Road Home production.

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November 4
RGV's Weekend of Film (Brownsville)

November 12
The Long Road Home Sneak Peak Screening and Q&A + Livestream
(Austin, Corpus Christi, New Braunfels & San Antonio)

November 17 - 19
WIFD Production Boot Camp (Dallas)

December 6
WIFTH Holiday Party (Houston)

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