Deepwater Horizon Director Peter Berg Announces "6 Certified" Status

Posted October 3, 2016

Kicking off opening weekend of Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon,” director Peter Berg announced that the film has received Got Your 6’s “6 Certified” designation. The certification campaign recognizes film and television programs that help normalize the depiction of veterans as leaders and community assets.

Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the film chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon. Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, a veteran Marine who epitomized leadership and refused to leave anyone behind even when faced with dangerous circumstances. While Williams’ service is only mentioned once, his veteran character provides a strong and positive portrayal of veterans.

The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”

To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations

CAST A VETERAN
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role

HIRE A VETERAN WRITER
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative

PORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER
Develop a multi-dimensional veteran character

TELL A VETERAN STORY
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes

USE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS
Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking process

Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.