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AMERICAN GENERATIONS

An uplifting television experience
 with the senior generation

One of our documentaries in development, "Tin Can Sailors" highlights interviews with some of the colorful destroyer sailors of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as the peacetime eras.  Another (completed and on the market)  is dedicated entirely to the story of the USS Houston (CA-30) which, along with HMAS Perth, was lost in the suicidal battle of Sunda Straits in March of 1942.  The story of the harrowing first months of WWII in the Pacific and the climactic Battle of the Java Sea are enough for a full feature, but the story continues as the survivors are forced into labor to build the Burma Railway, "The Railway of Death", which was made famous in the movie "The Bridge over the River Kwai". 

The nomadic culture of Corporate America tears our youth from the roots of their personal heritage.  The great sacrifices of our older population in the years of the Great Depression and WWII are no longer felt or understood by much or our under thirty population.  It is not only the story of sacrifice of our veterans, but of all those who lived in those times that is being lost ever so quickly.  We are moving ever farther from our heritage. 

The documentary projects and the concerns of lost history  led Grade-A to produce a pilot program, wherein students interview veterans.  Our first program was produced under austere circumstances with a difficult stage arrangement.  Future productions will address these technical issues and lay groundwork for a template for a national program. 

Grade-A Productions works in many  market segments, but one of the most  rewarding groups is our veteran   population.  Grade-A is currently producing documentaries with several groups of veterans.

We have an opportunity to preserve this heritage through video.  A single producer can do only so much.  Our concept is to develop a means by which history, computer and video classes all over America can work within a structured program  to collect interviews that will add to professionally produced theme programs in a central studio or other controlled environment.  The finished program will lend itself to interactive multi-media archives and specialized video collections accessible to future generations. 
   
  To make this concept come to life, we feel we will require a committed corporate sponsorship or a grant.  With appropriate funding, Grade-A can commit itself entirely to this concept.  Veteran's Organizations,  School History Departments building a living history archive and Corporations 
 

Those looking for a valuable contribution can all find a rewarding association with this concept.  And, America will benefit in strengthening the social fabric that binds our generations together.  
Current digital editing technology with "distance learning" programs currently in use by schools on the cutting edge give this program an immediate national audience within the educational world alone.  The program development can be easily formatted for extension into the commercial or public broadcasting arena for an even wider audience.  Video collections of significant interviews as well as interactive multi-media will find a ready market with history buffs, libraries and educational institutions. The material produced through this program will become a treasure of first person historical resources, available to schools, libraries and individuals for years to come.  
  
The opportunity to capture first person accounts of the World War era is nearing an end. We must do what we can with the technology and the resources available and we must do it soon. We seek appropriate supporting partnerships to allow this  project to come together for the mutual benefit of the children and the seniors who have a story to tell.

A survivor of The Battle of The Java Sea and the loss of the USS Houston in Sunda Straits has the absolute riveted attention of young students who have never heard of any other event in WWII except the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. 

Their questions are more telling than those of an adult.

"When you were starving and disease ridden, working as a slave to build the Burma Railway, didn't you develop a hate for the nation that put you in that situation?"