FTA is an anti-war documentary that went missing shortly after its premiere in 1972. Now restored and available to the public, the film is an important record showing the strength of the American people’s opposition to the Vietnam War.
FTA’s title–a three-way acronym standing for “Free Theater Associates,” “Free The Army,” and, as the soldier would say, “F*ck the Army”– is a good tease about the film’s subject. Documentary filmmaker Francine Parker (who unfortunately died before the film’s restoration) followed Free Theater Associates, a theatrical touring troupe, as they toured to coffee houses, arenas and other venues near U.S. military bases across America and abroad, performing their anti-war cabaret show–and its catchy anthem song, Foxtrot, Tango, Alpha: F…ree the Army., to cheering audiences of G.I.s. In the Free Theater Associates troupe: folksinger Len Chandler, Holly Near, Rita Martinson, Michael Alaimo, Pamela Donegan, Steve Jaffe, Paul Mooney, Donald Sutherland and a young and energetic Jane Fonda, who was subsequently dubbed Hanoi Jane for her strong anti-war activities. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN