Concord University Hosting Screening Of WVPB Documentary Vietnam: West Virginians Remember

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 31 2017

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University 

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PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY HOSTING SCREENING OF WVPB DOCUMENTARY VIETNAM: WEST VIRGINIANS REMEMBER

 

 

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University is hosting a community screening of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) documentary Vietnam: West Virginians Remember on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

 

The film will be shown in the Main Theatre of the Fine Arts Center on the Athens campus beginning at 2 p.m. The general public is invited to join Concord students, faculty and staff in viewing Vietnam: West Virginians Remember. There is no admission charge.

 

The one-hour documentary, written and produced by award winning WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins, features the experiences of five West Virginia combat servicemen. Per capita, more West Virginians served and more West Virginians died in Vietnam than from any other state.

 

Vietnam: West Virginians Remember profiles the five veterans approximately 50 years after their service, examining their lives before the war, chronicling their experiences of combat, and allowing these men to reflect on the impact of those experiences on the rest of their lives – and the lives of their loved ones.

 

The film explores the reasons why more than 36,000 West Virginians served during the Vietnam War, and speculates on why the death rate was so high for West Virginians who served. It examines the conservatism and political environment of the time, both nationally and in the Mountain State. It also traces public opinion of the war, from support of actions by the Kennedy administration through the U.S.’s ultimate pullout of Southeast Asia in 1973.

 

WVPB was inspired to produce Vietnam: West Virginians Remember as a companion film to The Vietnam War, a Ken Burns’ Public Broadcasting Service series that airs this fall, Scott Finn, executive director of WVPB said.

 

Vietnam: West Virginians Remember premieres on WVPB on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Encore presentations are scheduled for Sept. 17 and 24 at 7 p.m. nightly.

 

With an original musical score, Vietnam: West Virginians Remember threads the intimate conversations with the Vietnam veterans with background and analysis, using personal photos and home movies. Additional video and film was provided by the West Virginia State Archives, the James E. Morrow Library of Marshall University, and the West Virginia and Regional History Center at WVU Libraries.

 

Visual material was also obtained through the National Archives, the Library of Congress, veterans groups, the U.S. Defense Department, and various private and public domain collections.

 

For more information on the Concord screening of the documentary contact Chuck Elliott at celliott@concord.edu or 304-384-5334. Additional information on Vietnam: West Virginians Remember may be found by visiting https://tv.wvpublic.org/vietnamwv/

 

Vietnam: West Virginians Remember is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional funding has been provided by AARP, the WV Lottery, and Bowles Rice, Attorneys at Law.

 

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