From Imperial Beach Patch:
While playing the role of a Marine in 1968 Vietnam named Private Joker, director Stanley Kubrick asked Matthew Modine to keep a journal to document his experience during the creation of the 1987 film many consider to be one of the best movies about war of all time.
Full Metal Jacket Diary, an interactive iPad app version of the diary, has been chosen as an official selection of the New Media Film Festival, according to the event's organizers. Adam Rackoff is the app's producer
The 4th Annual New Media Film Festival will take place June 11-12 in Los Angeles and will include webispodes, short films, music videos, apps and other non-traditional media.
Modine grew up in Imperial Beach and San Diego's South Bay.
Click here to see photos of Modine with the Mar Vista High School Thespian Troupe.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, played by R. Lee Ermey, also has connections to San Diego. Ermey spent part of his service as a Marine as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, according to his biography.
The app was released last summer and funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign.
"Every time I start to feel like I understand Joker I realize how little I know about him," Modine said in part of the diary. "Trying to understand Joker is like trying to understand the Vietnam War."
Along with journal excerpts and high-quality photos, the app features more than four hours of narration by Modine that explores a range of subjects including the film's characters, the Vietnam War and how Kubrick and others created a Vietnam landscape in England where the film was shot.