“Project Titan” Short Film Debuts Today for Veterans Day
Nissan and Wounded Warrior Project Team Up to Honor Vets
“Project Titan,” a short film produced by Nissan in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) premiered today across several media outlets. The film follows the journey of Project Titan, a crowdsourced Nissan project truck that served as the chariot of WWP alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon during their epic 10-day expedition through Alaska.
Project Titan was built by Nissan under the “direction” of its fans on Facebook, who voted on which products would go on a specially upfitted Nissan Titan. In March, Nissan revealed that Project Titan had a very specific purpose: raising awareness for WWP by carrying McMahon and Guzman on their Alaskan adventure. We first saw Project Titan in the flesh at the State Fair of Texas, where it was revealed to the public fresh off its journey.
The 21-minute short film (embedded below) is one of the products of that expedition. It follows Guzman and McMahon as they use the truck to travel from one Alaskan destination to the next, meeting other veterans on their way. One of the most emotional parts of the film is the segment where Guzman and McMahon give photographer Cory Richards a ride to a glacial lake for a September 11 memorial photoshoot.
Richards is a citizen who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after surviving a terrifying avalanche while on a photography trip. He says that even though the reasons behind his PTSD seemed less valid than many veterans’, he was offered nothing but empathy from vets for their shared experiences with PTSD. Richards says that “the Wounded Warriors help people move forward” by giving them reason to believe they aren’t alone and that there’s help available for people with PTSD.
The trip also involves Guzman and McMahon presenting veteran Chris Kendrick with a new set of outboard boat motors, which he will use on a specially prepared boat to take disabled veterans on fishing trips. Kendrick says that the money he saved on the motors will help him keep his work going with better life jackets, electric reels, and other implements.
Finally, Project Titan visits a team of veterans volunteering on Red Shirt Friday, a weekly tradition in which vets at home wear red to Remember Every Deployed. Guzman and McMahon visit chef Evan Funke, helping him prepare a roast-pork barbecue for the veteran volunteers. The volunteers share an obvious brotherhood that’s representative of the rest of the video.
The entire film is brimming with respect, admiration, and gratitude for veterans. As the saying goes, freedom certainly isn’t free, and the short film by Nissan and WWP do an excellent job of raising awareness for the “visible and invisible wounds” that many veterans carry.
Watch the video here, or check it out at the Nissan YouTube page, on Hulu, or on Xbox Live. It will also be shown tonight on the History2 Channel at 11 p.m. EST. On this Veterans Day remember to thank a vet for her or his service.