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Dreamkeeper Films on location at American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor final reunion, April 2009
Writer-director Dan Traub and his wife, Producer Sylvie Traub spent a week in San Antonio, Texas for the final reunion of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. The week was spent filming interviews with the former P.O.W.'s, and attending all of the events at the reunion, which included a speech and apology by Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. Their ninety-minute documentary film, entitled Forsaken Legion, the Defenders of the Philippines in WWII is set for release in March 2010. It will also feature the original artwork of WWII P.O.W. Ben Steele. The reunion marked the passing of the torch, as the veteran's group, founded in 1948, is officially disbanded, and a new "descendants group" will now conduct annual reunions. The first descendants reunion is set for April 2010 in Reno, NV. For information, please email email@example.com. Former ABDC Commander Houston Turner, who is interviewed at the Alamo in the film, said, " we are just getting too old to do this anymore. We did it for as long as we could, but now younger folks must take over."
Heroes of an American Town, a Film Detailing Bob Mathias' Hometown Released on DVD OXNARD, Calif., Nov. 28
-- Dreamkeeper Films announces the DVD release of Heroes of an American Town, a 128-minute documentary featuring the last interview given by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Congressman Bob Mathias, who passed away on September 22nd, 2006, after losing his battle with cancer. In the film, which explores the principle of heroism, Mathias tells his own story of coming from humble beginnings in Tulare, CA, to rise to great heights. With Mathias' story, the exploits of two other local heroes are detailed: Maurice A. Preston -- a WWII B-17 commander who became a four-star general, and Manuel Toledo: a highly decorated WWII infantryman. Writer-director Dan Traub investigates what these three have in common -- the experience of coming from the same small town. »Read More«
Watch Heroes of an American Town was featured on Fresno's FOX T.V. KMPH News, on 9/27/06
Film captures 'heroes' Movie features late Bob Mathias' last interview
In 1948, a Tulare teenager entered the National Decathlon Championship in Bloomfield, N.J., and won, scoring a place in the Olympics. But he didn't go to New Jersey just be a part of Team USA.
His humble motive was explained of an interview shown to Tulare movie-goers Wednesday night.
"I've never been out of the state," said Robert "Bob" Mathias, who would eventually win two Olympic gold medals. "I'll get to see New York City."