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with the senior generation
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
|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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
questions are more telling than those of an adult.
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