Welcome Home
Film by Doug Cunningham

    Welcome Home


    Welcome Home is a short documentary film that recounts the story of a United States Veteran returning home. On his 2nd tour overseas in Afghanistan, Marine Sgt. Ben Tomlinson was severely injured. Ben was shot through the neck while on rooftop patrol; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. After months of surgery and rehabilitation, Ben finally returned home to his small town of Jacksonville, Alabama. He was met with a patriotic welcoming from his close-knit community. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation heard of his story and wanted to give back for the sacrifice he made while serving in the military fighting for our freedom. They created the Building For America’s Bravest program and decided to build Ben a specially adapted smart home from the ground up. We see the unveiling of Ben's new home along with a personal guided tour given by him. Ben describes how this unique meaningful gift will help him with his daily individual independence.


    Directed & Edited by Doug Cunningham

    Special Thanks to Sgt. Ben Tomlinson and the Tomlinson family, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Organization and their Building For America's Bravest Program.


    Marine Sgt. Ben Tomlinson


    Doug Cunningham gained his interest in Film while attending Nassau Community College making his first 16mm short film. After NCC, Doug attended SUNY Old Westbury where he studied Media and Communications with a concentration in Film. His graduating film ME, MYSELF AND MOM was accepted to the first annual SUNY-Wide Film Festival in 2009. He was the only student from Long Island, south of Westchester region to be accepted. Shortly after that Doug collaborated with local friends who also had a passion for filmmaking and started a small crew called STOFAI Productions. Together they entered NYC's 48 hour film festival in 2010 and was awarded 2nd place for the genre of Horror for the film they created "MINUTES TIL MIDNIGHT", Doug was lead camera/cinematographer for this short film. He also worked on a short visual trailer for April M. Reign's upcoming book IOU that same year. Doug is currently working as a production assistant for Part2 Pictures, a documentary production company located in Brooklyn, NY, he also works as a freelance photographer / editor for News 12 Long Island while pursuing his MFA in Media Arts Production at City College of New York. His future aspirations include doing documentary film work in various fields while traveling the world.

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