Forgotten Soldiers—a hit with every audience.
Jan 18, 2012, National World War II Museum—World Premier. Forgotten Soldiers sells out its World Premiere at the U.S. National World War II Museum’s Solomon Victory Theater in New Orleans. Forgotten Soldiers became one of several films to premiere at the theater, including feature films and documentaries by Ken Burns, and HBO’s The Pacific.
Dave Walker, New Orleans Times-Picayune (click here) Deborah Burst, Louisiana Road Trips (click here)
February 16, 2012, Beloit International Film Festival—top prize. Producer/Director Donald Plata (center) accepts the “Power of Film” Award at Beloit, Wisconsin, the first festival for the finished Forgotten Soldiers documentary. From the BIFF web site: “A film that has the power to change our way of life. The Power of Film Award recognizes emotional, inspirational films that have the potential to change people’s life view.”
The Round Table (click here)
March 23 and 24, 2012, Bataan Memorial Death March. At the annual event held at White Sands Missile Range, Colonel Leo Puller presented Forgotten Soldiers with the missile range’s “Coin for Excellence.” The overflow audiences stood in the aisles to see Forgotten Soldiers. At the Memorial March, many young American soldiers got to meet and understand survivors of the real Bataan Death March for the first time.
Steve Ramirez, Las Cruces Sun-News (click here).
April 9, 2012, Bataan Day. The state of New Mexico remembered the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan with ceremonies in Las Cruses, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, culminating in the fourth public showing of Forgotten Soldiers, at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. CCA management had to open a second theater to accommodate the crowd. CSM Kenneth Adair awarded his “Command Sergeant Major’s Coin” to Forgotten Soldiers on behalf of the enlisted soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard.
Mark Oswald, Albuquerque Journal (click here).
April 10, 2012, Philippines Premiere. At its Philippines Premiere in Manila, Forgotten Soldiers again sold out the theater in a performance attended by Ambassadors Bill Tweddell of Australia, Reuben Levermore of New Zealand, Tomas Javier Clavillo Ulna of Mexico, and other members of the Manila diplomatic corps. Philippine Scout veterans from the U.S. and the Philippines, such as Primitivo Cuenca, 57th Infantry Regiment (pictured), were honored by the audience.
Mikhail LeCaros, GMA News (click here) Tonette Orejas, Philippine Inquirer (click here)
May 6, 2012, National Museum of the Pacific War. On the 70th Anniversary of the fall of Corregidor, the U.S. National Museum of the Pacific War featured Forgotten Soldiers, followed by a Q&A session with Bataan survivors Frankie Ramirez, Ely Arzaga and John Oliver. Guests packed the theater and additional seating had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd.
The FilAm, GMA News (click here)
May 26, 1:00 pm. Pritzker Military Library, Chicago. June 11, 2012. Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Illinois. June 28-30, 2012. Filipino-American National Historical Society conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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