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Watertown movie ‘extra’ finds no shortage of work

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City native Ed Abbate is continuing his extracurricular activities as a movie extra, something he has done since 2004, with a couple of recent film projects.

Abbate has an “extra” role in the film, “Manodrome,” filmed in the Syracuse region and released in November. The drama/thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg, Adrien Brody and Odessa Young. Abbate’s scene, with Eisenberg, was shot at Destiny USA. The film is available to rent on various sites such as Amazon, Google Play and Vudo for $6.99. Its plot: “Tormented by personal demons, Ralphie (Eisenberg) encounters a mysterious organization of men who welcome him as one of their own. As he struggles to define himself, pressure mounts and a powder keg is lit as he blows a hole in the lives of everyone he touches.”

“Jesse is a quiet guy,” Abbate said. “I was standing right next to him.’’
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WPBS is the presenting broadcaster for film focusing on 10th Mountain combat team

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WATERTOWN — One of North America’s leading producers of documentaries on military themes will continue filming interviews with veterans and active duty soldiers on Friday and Saturday for the upcoming one-hour documentary, “For Country: First In, Last Out.”

The documentary by Thomega Entertainment Inc., profiles the experiences and achievements of members of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (light Infantry). WPBS-TV, 1056 Arsenal St., is the presenting broadcaster and distributor of the documentary, appropriate given its location near Fort Drum, the home of the 10th Mountain Division.

After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which took the lives of nearly 3,000 people, the United States embarked on a global war on terror that began by taking the fight to Afghanistan.

Elements of the 4/31, nicknamed the Polar Bears, from the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, were among the first conventional U.S. forces to engage Al-Qaeda. Over the next 20 years, the Polar Bears deployed multiple times to Afghanistan fighting the Taliban and training the fledging Afghan army.

With the signing of the Doha agreement in 2020, the Polar Bears were some of the last conventional forces in Afghanistan, shuttering bases, conducting security missions, and defending the Hamid Karzai International Airport, the final staging point of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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