To Feature Film Director Richard Lanni of
The Americans On D-Day Released in
will be New Orleans April 10-12th
and L.A. April 16 - 28 LA. WW2-Reflections, Dublin, Irelandplans
to show the battle tour film to American Legion Post #43 in Hollywood
CA, April 10, 2009 —
Producer/Director Richard Lanni, of The Americans on D-Day will be a featured
guest live 7:30 a.m., on WWL-TV, Eyewitness
News, Friday, April 10, 2009, New Orleans. The morning news show airs
is meeting with military dignitaries, museum officials and veterans of World War
II.Lanni is researching Louisiana,
for future interviews with veterans from WWII and plans to interview historians,
museum officials in a series of films on Normandy.
been 65 years since the end of World War II and remnants of Louisiana's Prisoner
of War Camp remain amongst the 175 Branch Camps that was serving 511 Area Camps
containing more than 425,000 prisoners of war,” said Producer Director Richard
Lanni, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland, who arrived in New Orleans this week.
have film interviews with surviving veterans of Normandy that will be showcased
in Hollywood later this month to relive those days. I am here to meet more veterans
and visit museums so our films will be accurate.”
has just completed his first of a series of battle tour films entitled, www.theamericansondday.com/,
which will premiere Monday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m. (PDT), (Cocktails
6:00 - 7:00 pm),
at the American Legion Post #43, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA., 90068.
film is available for any American Legion Post or veteran organizations upon request
will be shown for free. Veterans need to RSVP with the American Legion. (details
Lanni, WOR's Historian Albert Wunsch, and Producer
Myra Chanin discussed the making of the film, which is a first of a series on
this 65th Anniversary year of D-Day in Normandy.
WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media &
Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS
for the U.S. Market.The film goes
on sale later this month at the official website: http://www.theamericansondday.com/.
are thrilled to have the chance to recognize American Heroes of D-Day this year,
on the 65th Anniversary of Normandy, and what better place to do it than at the
historical American Legion Post 43 building," saidLanni, WW2-Reflections.
grew up in the early 1950's, and I have always been fascinated by the second
World War," said Ellwood von Seibold, battlefield guide of Americans on D-Day,
the first battlefield tour film of WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media
& Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW2 battlefield
tour DVDs for the U.S. market. "The Americans on D-Day" coincides with the 65th
anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy invasion.
became a focus point of my interest, and I decided to live a dream and move to
France and take people all around these areas," explained Seibold. "And the producer
and director of WW2-Reflections
said 'why don't we put one of your tours on film in Normandy'."
will be in Los Angeles for the April 27th premiere at the American
Legion Post #43, noted that WW2-Reflections had assembled a remarkable and accurate
collection of soldier's testimony, stories and witnesses who survived one of America's
most bloody battles in war history. Seibold, donning American and sometimes German
uniforms, hops into an early model Army Jeep much like General George Patton rode
in shows you what brave solider endured.
film uses smart graphics and extensive use of veterans' recollections, as well
as invaluable assistance from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded
Warriors, Inc. - which specializes in training actors for war-themed film and
television productions. Dye was in France researching an upcoming film project
and worked with Siebold on historical accuracy. "We are thrilled that he has supported
this tour film," Producer Richard Lanni said.
Americans On D-Day provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events
of the 20th century," said Captain Dye. "I'm really proud to have a hand in this
effort to provide a foxhole-level view of what happened in Normandy on June
seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant
Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark.
Americans On D-Day provides a stirring, GI-level look at one of the most momentous
battles of World War II," explained Dye.
the trailer for the tour film Dye said, "I am a big fan of Normandy Tour Guide
and Historian Ellwood von Seibold, who takes you for a ride in his 1943 Dodge
Command Jeep for the D-Day landings in the real time, you'll see the uniforms
they wore and the weapons they used."
you can't afford a trip to tour the battlefields of Normandy, just get a copy
of The Americans On D-Day and you'll get a stirring look at events that changed
the course of World War II in Europe. Ellwood von Seibold knows his history and
how to present it to people in an exciting, understandable fashion.
insights and revelations in this work are extremely valuable to everyone interested
in military history."
wanted to show a snapshot of that 'Day of Days' through the individual soldier's
eye," Lanni said. "Ellwood, who is an incredible 62-year-old, who put on all the
different uniforms, allowed himself to be suspended on a rope ladder over a cliff,
ran out of the freezing water on Omaha Beach at 6.30 a.m., crawled through hedgerows
and shinned up trees."
production crew shot its first interview in 2007 with Howard Manoian, a veteran
of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne who landed in Normandy on D-Day and returned many
years later to live in the country that he helped liberate.
the addition of archive footage and stills we have turned this interview into
a short biographical documentary under the title of 'A Soldier's Journey,' which
we also hope to launch for the 65th anniversary," Lanni said.
was recently named a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the
French government. He will be presented with the award in June at St. Mere Eglise,
where U.S. paratroopers suffered heavy losses during the Normandy invasion.
note: EPK's are available to credentialed media, which includes the 45 minute
film, a trailer, the making of the film, uniforms of the day and WW2 machine guns
and other weapons used in Normandy. There are some gripping interviews with military
officers who were charge on land and sea. There are also still images of the area
and on the scene production photographed by Mike Forst. Please call for interviews
or a press kit. Some of the EPK is posted Online, too.
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