WWII Unheralded Courage Presentation May 3rd

To commemorate the victory of World War II seventy years ago I will be giving a video presentation on UNHERALDED COURAGE featuring clips from my WWII films and a Panel Discussion with 3 Local WWII Veterans.

Edward Torres - Private First Class, Army - Fought in Battle of the Bulge,
Wounded in Action, Awarded 8 Medals
Frank Fazzalore – Corporal, Army - Wounded after crossing the Rhine River,
Awarded 5 Medals
Robert Hileman – Ship Service Second Class Petty Officer, Navy
Re-enlisted to serve in Korea, Awarded 4 Medals

When: Sun., May 3rd - 3 to 4 pm. Adults $5; Students Free
Where: Masonic Lodge - Edgewood & Heacock, Lower Makefield (Yardley, PA)

Sponsored by McCAFFREY’S MARKETS & KOHLBEK CONSULTING (I.T.)
Event Benefits Veteran Square Monument in Yardley  www.veteranssquare.org

I will share stories, video clips & behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the making of my three WWII films:
USS FRANKLIN: HONOR RESTORED
 
 USS Franklin survived a direct hit by a Japanese armor-piercing bomb, and the events that followed made the story one of the most dramatic and inspiring in naval history.


THE WERETH ELEVEN


Wereth Eleven is the story of 11 Black GI’s who escaped capture during the Battle of the Bulge, only to be found killed by the Nazi SS.


SILENT WINGS

Silent Wings chronicles the unsung heroism of America’s WWII Glider Pilots.


Wednesday
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Pearl Buck Film Available on Amazon in May

After months and months of work, Pearl S. Buck: A Life, A Legacy, will be available for sale next month on Amazon.com This project was actually four years in the making as I had been invited to the Pearl Buck Foundation and historical site in Buck County to determine if "there was a story to be told".
There most definitely was and myself along with my co-producers, Robert G. and Robert E. Campbell, of the Continental Film Alliance got down to work. It seemed quite a mystery to me that Ms. Buck such a literary giant was not more widely known and celebrated for her accomplishments. This film I hope will go a long way to help change all that. We had the full cooperation of Pearl S. Buck International and the film was shot on global scale with film work being done in the UK.
This was a departure for me from my mainstays of war and history but a refreshing one in both the writing and execution of the film. I am exceeding proud of the final result and many folks who have seen it are quite emotionally moved for which I am gratified and humbled. I wanted to do justice to Pearl Buck and it was quite a tall challenge I set for myself; bring this literary icon to life, humanize her, cheer for her and cry with her and ultimately make you a devoted fan of hers. You can judge the final result for yourself when the DVD becomes available worldwide next month. If you can't wait the film is currently now on sale at the Pearl S. Buck house gift shop in Bucks County. I'd recommend a trip there to see the site as well as meet the folks who are keeping her legacy vibrant and alive. It's well worth the trip!
Tuesday
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Excerpt from the forthcoming The London Vermeer


Releasing later this spring the follow up Riley Spenser / Monuments Men thriller. This is the next book in the series led by The Russian van Gogh.
I wanted to share an excerpt from a chapter with you.

Chapter 4

St. Stephens Tavern, London

The morning debrief  had unfolded as Justin had expected - disastrous. He was not used to coming out on the short end of a mission. Being recalled home was the height of professional embarrassment. Transfer was a looming possibility, demotion or worse. Justin pondered it all and his next move as he raised a Dorset ale to his lips at a small black circular table near the curving mahogany bar. St. Stephens, a gilded age era pub, boasted tin-coffered twenty foot ceilings and dark paneled walls. It had a comforting old world feel that Justin needed right now. At his table by the window he regularly glanced back over his shoulder out to the busy street. Suddenly beside his table appeared the lanky man he was hoping to see. Justin turned back from the window surprised, “Director?”
“Never use the front door, Watson, especially when there is a need for discretion,” Jeremy Lloyd deadpanned.
Justin nodded and motioned him to a chair, “Thanks for seeing me.”
The Director of Special Investigations had pretty much saved Justin’s hide during the recovery of the van Gogh in Russia directing insertion of Georgian Special Forces and enlisting CIA support. Justin knew he would be dead in a Grozny alley or worse if weren’t for Jeremy Lloyd.
“ I cannot stay long but I will have a pint,” Lloyd said as he turned back around and waved two fingers in the air to the bartender who snapped to attention. In short order two frothy pints arrived.
“I hear events did not go well.”
“Well? Disastrous might be a more appropriate term.” Justin moaned.
“Syria is fluid. The situation grows graver by the day.”
Justin nodded.
“And British strategy has been constantly evolving.”
“And there’s the issue,” as Justin leaned forward intense, “We are now propping up a regime that has killed hundreds of thousands. First we are supplying arms to the rebels, next we are cutting ties… No one trusts us. I had to put a bullet in the head of the Commander I had sheparded arms to the month before. It is madness.”
“It is Britain’s new homeland protection strategy. There is a looming chemical catastrophe in Syria. Assad has vast stockpiles of Sarin, Ricin, mustard gas and VX. We have confirmed usage from the Americans of multiple deployments of Sarin on bands of opposition fighters.”

Sunday
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Now Available on Amazon America's First D-day film


Folks interested in a fresh retelling of the Crossing of the Delaware should check out the newly released DVD,  America's First D-day Washington Crossing. It is the film I wrote and directed last year for the Continental Film Alliance, LLC

Synopsis:
Our first President is often remembered as a humble, grey wigged, elder statesman. But by 1776 the American Revolution almost came to an end. George Washington made a bold move that saved the American cause. The Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day to attack the Hessians in Trenton. This was America's First D-Day.

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Happy Birthday today Alexander Hamilton

Today January 11th is Alexander Hamilton's birthday. In my view he was one of the most forward thinking and astute Founding Fathers. He created our modern banking system and so much more. I thought it would be a good time to share some of his quotes. Also check out, Rush on Boys: Hamilton at War my historical novel about his wartime service.


There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.
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