LOS ANGELES – Nov. 2017 – NO GREATER LOVE—the first theatrical documentary filmed and directed by an active-duty soldier—brings to vivid the battles of the “No Slack” Battalion (of the famed 101st Airborne Division) in Afghanistan . . . and back .

Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans weekend, the multiple-award-winning NO GREATER LOVE premieres in select nationwide. (For current theaters and to request local showings, check the website.) NO GREATER LOVE, after one round of cuts, is still a contender for Documentary Feature in the 2017 Academy Award ®.


NO GREATER LOVE shows No Slack’s most intense firefights since Vietnam,” said former Army Chaplain Justin Roberts, who directed and filmed in Afghanistan for more than three years. “But ’s the stories behind the video that changed my life. How can soldiers who know this kind of danger, hardship and loss, transition back to civilian life? Home becomes a whole battleground.”

Consider that:

Most Americans are unaware that U.S. military chaplains carry no weapons, even in battle—and it’s true that while deployed in Afghanistan, Roberts initially had no plans to make a film. The courage around him, however, spurred him to ask: “What drives men to commit acts of valor and sacrifice?” (As “No Slack” won decisive, strategic victories in intense battles, it also suffered multiple fatalities, returning home with more than 200 purple hearts.) Roberts also interviews Gold Star members.

“The only way a person can really come back from war is with love,” Roberts said. “And it has to come from friends. It has to come from family members, neighbors and the people you were fighting for, and from each other. That is the only way we can fully come home.”

NO GREATER LOVE producers want the film to motivate theatergoers to get involved and veterans in their local area.


Distributed by Atlas Distribution Company, NO GREATER LOVE has won 11 awards to date, including Best Documentary at the Boston Film Festival and the Louisiana Film Festival.  



  • No Greater Love has won 11 awards including:
  • Best Military Filmmaker, GI Film Festival
  • Santini Patriot Spirit Award, Beaufort Film Festival
  • Best of Fest, Bentonville Film Festival
  • Best Military Film, San Diego Film Festival
  • Impact Award, Boston Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Boston Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, Phoenix Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Foyle Film Festival (UK)
  • Best Documentary, Louisiana Film Festival
  • Best of Festival, Lake Charles Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Lake Charles Film Festival


“No Greater Love cuts to the heart of why our warriors serve and needs to be seen by every American.” – General Stanley McCrystal

“The brotherly love of soldiers on the battlefield needs to be a part of their arsenal for the battles to come, far from the combat zone.” – The Leaf Chronicle

“The only solution in being able to connect veterans at the local community level.” – Army Times

“No Greater Love is a documentary composed of real footage captured by Roberts in Afghanistan that shows what it is truly like to be at war.” – Stephenville Empire Tribune

“When it seemed the traumatized battalion should be at a low point, the unit began to bond looking out for and talking to each other.” – The Leaf Chronicle

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