There is a three minute clip in Jaws that tells the story of the USS Indianapolis from the view point of a ragged sailor Quint.
The USS Indianapolis The Legacy tells the story through 104 interviews from survivors, rescuers and family. A passion project by director Sara Vladic the story beautifully crafted.
Location, location, location.
Mare Island was the last port of call in the USA for the Indianapolis, the screening took place in the Mare Island Museum. We were surrounded by Navy artifacts, photos and a great big Old Glory.
Passion is infectious
Each group involved in the screening showed amazing passion in keeping the story alive for future generation.
Ryan from Mare Island Brewery called looking for a screen to air the documentary, his dedication to making this event special was evident, I was honored and happy to be involved. Both Ryan and Kent interest and love for Mare Island and its history are seen in their actions and, along with the museum are sure to keep its history available to all.
Funds raised went towards USS Indianapolis/Gwinn “Angel” Scholarship Fund. They even served a special Survivor’s Tale Pale Ale (“A specialty brew crafted for the USS Indianapolis Survivor’s Reunion on July 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana commemorating the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis”)
300 people plus at each screening were transported through the history of the Indianapolis, the crowd included many veterans.
After this screening had finished there was a Q&A. Included in the panel was Harold Bray, a survivor. A wonderful story teller, his additional insight added an emotional punch.
|Sara Vladic (director) , Melanie Capacia Johnson, Harold Bray, Ryan Gibbons|
|Harold Bray, survivor|
|Mike Emery, nephew of lost seaman holding a Purple Heart|
Wonderful people, incredible film in a fitting location.
You can find the film here.
Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy