Press Release

Documentary film about military families to be shown in Waterville

WATERVILLE, Maine — “Flat Daddy” is an 82-minute-long documentary that takes its name from the

life-sized cardboard cutouts many military families employ to ease the pain of separation while a loved one is serving overseas. The film follows four families,  one of them from Caribou, Maine, over the course of a year to explore the impact of war and deployment on those left behind.

The filmmakers first learned about flat daddies in 2006 when the Associated Press noticed that cardboard soldiers had begun popping up across the Pine Tree State, thanks to the efforts of the Maine National Guard Family Program. They quickly realized, however, that the story they needed to tell lay in the day-to-day struggles of the families who turn to these two-dimensional proxies out of necessity.

The film will screen at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, and 3 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. The filmmakers will host a question and answer session after the July 15 screening and will be joined by special guests from the film and representatives from the Maine Family Program.

To purchase tickets and watch a short trailer, go to To read more about the film, visit or email