Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger Co-Executive Producer

Sebastian Junger is a renowned journalist and documentarian, and best-selling author of The Perfect Storm. His critically acclaimed filmRestrepo, and book, War, document his time as an embedded journalist with a platoon of the United States Army’s 173rd Airborne Division in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous parts of that country. With acclaimed photographer Tim Hetherington, Junger shot and directed Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize for a domestic documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Time magazine named Junger’s book War “a Top 10 Non-fiction Book” of 2010. In his Washington Post review of War, Philip Caputo wrote: “Junger masterfully chronicles the platoon’s 15-month tour of duty… makes us see the terror, monotony, misery, comradeship and lunatic excitement that have been elements of all wars since, say, the siege of Troy.” In 2015 Junger published Tribe, which turns the complicated problem of returning veterans on itshead by examining what’s missing the society they come home to. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe offers a privileged view of the importance of loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning, and considers the loneliness and dislocation of veterans as they seek out these qualities in modern civilian life.

Junger’s documentary for HBO Films, Which Way is the Front Line From Here?which was nominated for an Emmy, chronicles the life and career of his friend and frequent collaborator Tim Hetherington, the veteran photojournalist, who was tragically killed by a mortar blast in Libya. And more recently, Junger released Korengal, a companion film to Restrepo, as well as The Last Patrol for HBO, which chronicles the challenges of homecoming for veterans. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, Junger has covered major international news stories around the world, many of which have won numerous awards, including: the DuPont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism for the ABC News program The Other War: Afghanistan and the National Magazine Award for his Vanity Fair article, “The Forensics of War.” He has also written for such magazines as Harper's and The New York Times Magazine. Junger currently lives on Cape Cod and in New York City where he co-owns a bar, The Half-King.