A fallen hero from Lexington will be at the center of a new documentary in the works. Chase Prasnicki was killed last year while serving overseas in Afghanistan -- and his story is one the film's creator says needs to be told.
"None More American" will share the stories of 12 Army football players who chose to attend West Point in the post-9/11 era, knowing they'd likely have to serve in combat zones after graduating. Filmmaker Rob O'Sullivan says he wanted to feature young men who he felt embodied the spirit of Army football -- and Chase Prasnicki immediately came to mind.
"The fact that we have those types of people that are stepping up and taking on that mission for us as Americans is something we really need to be grateful for," said O'Sullivan. "And I just want that story to be told."
Prasnicki was recruited as a quarterback for the Black Knights. When he arrived at the academy, O'Sullivan was working as a beat writer for Army football. He says the Rockbridge County High School standout caught his attention right away because of his work ethic, his enthusiasm, and his willingness to do what the team needed him to do.
"Maybe he's not the starter, but when he gets in the game and on the field, he's going to make the best of every opportunity he has," said O'Sullivan. "I can remember looking at him and saying to myself I hope my son Chase can be the type of man this kid is."
O'Sullivan says after speaking with Prasnicki's family, friends, and commanding officers it's clear to him those qualities guided him throughout his entire life. He points out that just three days into his deployment, he volunteered for the foot patrol that ultimately led to his death.
"And to me that's what Army football is all about and reason why Chase needs to be a part of this and why this story needs to be told," said O'Sullivan.
Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of the month and run through December. O'Sullivan has launched a Kickstarter page to help raise the money he needs to produce the film. If you're interested in donating to the project, you can do so by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1575534281/none-more-american-army-football-in-post-9-11-amer.
O'Sullivan says once the film is complete, he's looking at entering it into several major film festivals -- possibly the Tribeca Film Festival or SXSW. His production company is represented by an agency in LA that will also be working on getting it broadcast on a cable network. In addition, he'd like to do a special screening of the film in Lexington.
"I'm so impressed with the community down in Lexington," said O'Sullivan. "I can tell how much they care about him."