• THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    SUNKEN ROADS will have its world premiere
    at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival in Middlebury,
    VT on August 25, 2019. We are honored to share our film
    as part of this celebration of emerging voices in film,
    and we'd love to see you there! SUNKEN ROADS is also an official
    selection at the G.I. Film Festival in San Diego,
    California, which runs from September 24-29, 2019.
    We are exploring options for domestic and international distribution
    and would value any suggestions you might have.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

CHARLOTTE JUERGENS

DIRECTOR

Charlotte Juergens is an independent documentary filmmaker and archival researcher, working to recover stories that have been obscured by time and memory. This is Charlotte’s first feature-length film.

Aside from SUNKEN ROADS, Charlotte works at NBC News Archives, helping documentarians and curators unearth archival footage for their projects. Charlotte previously served as an archival researcher for the Academy Award-nominated short documentary, Joe’s Violin.

She received her B.A. in History from Yale in 2016 and her M.A. in History from the University of Chicago in 2018.

Lydia Robertson

PRODUCER
Over the course of Lydia's 30-year career in film and television, Lydia has worn many hats of all shapes and sizes. Her efforts as a producer, fundraiser, director, news and documentary film editor, sound editor, audio and video engineer, rock photographer, and lighting designer have resulted in many international and domestic awards, including numerous Emmys and one Oscar. Lydia's most recent projects include YASUNI MAN, an award-winning feature documentary; SOLD, an award-winning dramatic feature; 79 PARTS, a comedy feature; and NBC Network News shows such as Nightly News, Dateline, and the Today Show. Lydia's grandfather Pat, a D-Day veteran and central figure in SUNKEN ROADS, inspired and influenced her more than words can say.

Mark Juergens

EDITOR
Mark has been a filmmaker in New York since 1982. His work as an editor has allowed him to stumble into documentary and feature films, music videos, episodic television and all sorts experimental video weirdness, as well as editing his daughter's birthday videos. Recently, he spent six years as the Senior Series Editor for How Democracy Works Now, as well as editing six of these feature length films. Forbes called the series "The Greatest Films On Government Ever Made." Some of his projects have aired on HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, Bravo, A&E, Discovery, History Channel, MSNBC, Logo, Lifetime and PBS. Films he's edited have screened at Sundance, the New York Film Festival, South by Southwest, DocNYC and Berlinale. Many have won awards and had theatrical distribution.

Jordan Plotner

COMPOSER
Jordan Plotner is a British/American award-winning composer and writer based in Los Angeles. His music has appeared in over forty films, television shows, and commercials worldwide, and his concert music has been premiered in New York, Los Angeles, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and Malta. He has worked with esteemed film composers Marco Beltrami and Joe Trapanese, and has worked on projects for artists ranging from Hans Zimmer and Angelina Jolie to Daft Punk. In 2017 he graduated from Yale University cum laude in American Studies.

SUNKEN ROADS

is a documentary film considering
the experience of WWII veterans returning to Normandy
for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

In 2014, I traveled with a group of D-Day veterans
as they retraced their wartime route through England and France.
I was twenty years old—
the same age the veterans were when they stormed the beaches.

My late great grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr.,
belonged to the same division as these men, and so I was also following the path he took.

A young woman joins a group of D-Day veterans
on a pilgrimage to retrace their route from WWII.

SUNKEN ROADS follows their journey,
painting an intimate portrait of these soldiers during their final return to Normandy.
SUNKEN ROADS tells a story of inter-generational friendship,
offering a new perspective on D-Day
by presenting the memories of 90-year-old men through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman.

Filmmaker Charlotte Juergens spent weeks traveling with the veterans
and serving as a health aide to Don McCarthy, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.
Don and the other veterans came to see Charlotte as a granddaughter,
trusting her with their stories and speaking openly
about the trauma they experienced in Normandy as young men.

SUNKEN ROADS is particularly timely,
given the recent 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019.
The film allows us to see this history through the eyes of the men and women who lived it,
to understand the meaning of D-Day as both an historic event and a personal nightmare,
and to contemplate its significance 75 years later.

Charlotte Juergens, Director

SUNKEN ROADS - The Trailer

Sunken Roads - The Trailer

SUNKEN ROADS - Our Crew
Director Charlotte Juergens,
Co-Producer Lydia Robertson, and Editor Mark Juergens
discuss the story and what they like best about it.

Sunken Roads - Our Crew

SUNKEN ROADS - What Inspired This Film
Here our Director, Charlotte Juergens, talks about her grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr. as the inspiration of this film.

Sunken Roads - What Inspired the Film

SUNKEN ROADS - What Does "Sunken Roads" Mean?
Hear how the director, Charlotte Juergens,
explains the significance of the sunken roads to the troops in Normandy.

Sunken Roads - What does Sunken Roads Mean?

PAT HANNA

VETERAN
PARKER (PAT) DAVIE HANNA JR. was a Texas native, who discovered his passion for journalism while studying agriculture at Texas A&M University. Pat served as a war correspondent for Stars and Stripes during WWII, and he also engaged in intelligence work for the US Army. Pat attached himself to the 29th Division, Infantry, and traveled with them to Normandy for the D-Day invasion. A highly decorated soldier during World War II and the Korean War, Hanna received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in action outside of Saint-Lô., Bronze Star with V device, the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantry and Airborne badges, foreign decorations, and several service awards.

A newspaperman most of his life, Hanna worked for the San Antonio Express, Houston Post, Dallas Times-Herald, Los Angeles Examiner, Chicago Sun-Times and several small daily newspapers and weekly papers. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for his editorial campaign against the crime syndicate "Murder Incorporated."

His editorials and articles formed a part of the Kefauver Committee's investigation into organized crime in Southern California. His granddaughter Lydia and great-granddaughter Charlotte are, respectively, the Producer and Director of SUNKEN ROADS.

DON McCARTHY

VETERAN
grew up in Boston and joined the 29th Infantry Division in England in early 1944 as a member of the 116th Infantry's 1st Battalion. His landing craft capsized on D-Day, and later on he was wounded on Omaha Beach. He worked for Bell Telephone for more than three decades after the war and lived in Rhode Island.

SUZANNE (SUZETTE) GANDON

SURVIVOR
grew up near the commune of Juaye-Mondaye in Calvados, Normandy, where she experienced D-Day as a young girl. During the invasion, Suzette lived with her mother and two sisters in a trench outside their home, dug for them by a veteran of WWI. Suzette's grandfather served in the French Army during WWI, her father was a prisoner-of-war during WWII, and her late husband fought in Algiers. Suzette remains in Juaye-Mondaye, where she lives in a restored thirteenth-century farmhouse near her childhood home.

ARDEN EARLL

VETERAN
is a Pennsylvania native who landed on Omaha Beach in the first minutes of the D-Day invasion as a member of Company H, 116th Infantry, 29th Division. He holds two Purple Hearts for war wounds. After the war he settled in Erie, Pennsylvania, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

STEVE MELNIKOFF

VETERAN
is a Rhode Island native. He joined the 29th Infantry Division in January 1944 as a member of Company C, 175th Infantry. He was wounded outside St. Lo in June 1944, but later returned to the 29th and fought through to V-E Day. After the war, he worked for four decades in Bethlehem Steel and currently resides in Cockeysville, Maryland.

HAL BAUMGARTEN

VETERAN
is a native of New York City who took pre-med courses at New York University before being drafted. He joined the 29th Infantry Division in February 1944 and was wounded on Omaha Beach in the first minutes of the D-Day invasion as a member of Company B, 116th Infantry. He gained an M.D. degree after the war and currently resides in Florida.

GEORGE BAYLISS

VETERAN
is a highly-decorated British veteran of the Bedfordshire- Hertfordshire regiment. George served as a minesweeper and fought with the Pioneer Corps during WWII, and he barely survived the Battle of Monte Cassino. George is currently a pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

JOSEPH BALKOSKI

HISTORIAN
was born in New York City and has been researching and writing about the D-Day invasion and the World War II exploits of the 29th Infantry Division for nearly forty years. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and runs the 29th Division Museum and Archives in a historic Maryland National Guard armory.

EVENTS

JUNE 04, 2019 sneak peek screening at the National WWII Museum in New Orelans. Q&A was with the director afterwards.
New Orelans
JUNE 05, 2019 sneak peek screenings on National WWII Museum cruise ships off the coast of Omaha Beach
Normandy
JUNE 06, 2019 sneak peek screening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Dayton OH
JUNE 07, 2019 sneak peek screening for the 29th Infantry Division Association at the Duke de Canisy’s château in Normandy
Normandy
JUNE 08, 2019 sneak peek screening at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Honolulu HI
August 25, 2019 World Premiere at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival
Middlebury VT
September 24 - 29 (exact date TBD) 2019 G.I. Film Festival
San Diego CA

News & Social Media


June 6, 2019

Publication: Cincinnati Public Radio WVXU

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June 3, 2019

Publication: U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Official Blog, VAnatage Point

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June 3, 2019

Publication: The New Orleans Advocate

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May 31, 2019

Publication: Dayton Daily News

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