Ed Gendron is an independent artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Inspired by the stories of people whose portraits he painted, he began to experiment with documentary filmmaking six years ago and Playing Soldier is his first feature-length film. He is a recipient of a Durham Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, which allowed him to travel and document WWII reenactments in the several states in the South, Northeast, and Midwestern United States. Ed approaches filmmaking with an artistâ€™s sensibility. Wanting to blend in with WWII reenactments, he filmed scenes for Playing Soldier with modern-day digital cameras that he concealed in faux WWII-era camera shells that he hand crafted himself. Ed previously taught art courses at Radford University and currently lives in the Paris of the Piedmont - Chapel Hill, North Carolina.