“Captain” Honors Fallen Iwo Jima Marine
One of the great benefits from having made the films and put out the books and keeping up this website is that it’s all out there for the world to discover and sometimes you hear back and will make a new friend and discover another fellow filmmaker.
Several weeks ago I got an e-mail out of the blue from Dave Esposito, a wood artist and documentary filmmaker in upstate New York, who is by now probably buried under several layers of fallen leaves and snow from Canada and the Great Lakes.
Dave wrote: “Thank you so much for “Naked Filmmaking”, which I recently ordered from Amazon. I read it within a day of receiving it and it is the best book I’ve ever read on how to make a film on a minimal budget – and mantain the joy of having complete control over your work. I could not put it down – it was engrossing and your writing style is entertaining yet full of hard-won knowlege. I usually pick up a book near bedtime and read about two pages, then I’m out. Instead, you’re book woke me up!
“I’m also half way through, “Nightbeats“, which I rented from your Amazon site. I am absolutely astonished at what you’ve accomplished. It was particularly rewarding to read how you made this movie in Naked Filmmaking and then get to actually watch it.”
Dave went on to tell me a little about himself:
“My own film work is documentary in nature and I wanted to provide you with a link to my site. I believe I read on your site how that Dad was a World War ll veteran of Iwo Jima. Well, as it happens, several months ago I completed a film entitled “Captain”, which is the story of a Vietnam Veteran and his quest to memorialize a 19 year old Marine Corporal who died on Iwo Jima – a man he never met. I’m very fortunate as this film is to be shown this weekend on our PBS station in honor of Veterans Day. I know how busy you must be but I’d like to provide you with a link to it and would be honored to have you take a look at it… The link is: http://www.agricolamedia.com/captain/“
Dave’s documentary Captain, which was broadcast on WXXI-TV, the PBS station in Rochester, New York, this past Veteran’s Day weekend. It is also can be viewed in its entirety on Vimeo and can be purchased on DVD from Dave’s site Agricolamedia.com at http://www.agricolamedia.com/captain/
Dave faced a lot of limitations in making his film, but I must say that I found it deeply moving. It was also a subject that is very close to home for me. My father was also in the Marines in World War Two and participated in five weeks of the battle for Iwo Jima. I, too, long to go to that hallowed ground.
Please check out Captain and visit Dave’s site. He’s a very diverse and talented fellow with irons in lots of fires, all very interesting. I don’t know where he gets the time. Dave has more documentary projects in the works which I look forward to writing about and posting here as well.