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  • Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans
  • Film Sunken Roads Documentary
  • Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans
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  • Sunken Roads Film Three Generations After D-Day

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Sunken Roads Film historical documentary

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Sunken Roads Film Three Generations After D-Day

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Sunken Roads Film Three Generations After D-Day

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Sunken Roads Film historical documentary

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

  • Sunken Roads Film historical documentary

    SPECS

    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Genre: Documentary
    Languages: English and French
    Country of Origin: United States

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

    SUNKEN ROADS is represented by the New York-based
    distributer First Run Features.
    We are exploring options for 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.

Sunken Roads - Filmmaker Charlotte Juergens

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. She will start her Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan next fall.

Sunken Roads - Lydia Robertson

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.

Sunken Roads - Mark Juergens

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.

Sunken Roads - Jordan Plotner

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.

THE STORY

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - PAT HANNA

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - DON McCARTHY

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - SUZANNE (SUZETTE) GANDON

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - ARDEN EARLL

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - STEVE MELNIKOFF

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - HAL BAUMGARTEN

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Veterans - GEORGE BAYLISS

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.

Film Sunken Roads D-Day Historian - JOSEPH BALKOSKI

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 12-JUNE 19, 2020 *** POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 ***
Theatrical distribution in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
JUNE 5-JUNE 12, 2020 *** POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 ***
Cinema Village Theater,
Theatrical distribution in New York City timed to the 76th anniversary of D-Day
Ticket Link
New York, New York
JUNE 5-JUNE 7, 2020 Normandie-World War II International Film Festival,
Sunken Roads awarded the prize for Outstanding Feature Documentary. Festival screenings cancelled due to Covid-19.
Normandy, France
JUNE 4-JUNE 21, 2020 Sunken Roads Virtual Sneak Preview,
Virtual sneak preview of our film co-hosted by the following festivals, museums, and nonprofit organizations:
  • G.I. Film Festival San Diego
  • Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
  • 29th Division Association
  • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
  • USS Midway Museum
  • World War II Foundation & the
  • Normandie-World War II International Film Festival.
  • JUNE 1-JUNE 4, 2020 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival,
    Sunken Roads chosen as an Official Festival Selection. Festival postponed due to Covid-19.
    Llanelli, Wales
    MAY 31-JUNE 1, 2020 *** POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 ***
    Cleveland Museum of Art,
    Two special screenings at the Cleveland Museum of Art
    Ticket link to come.
    Cleveland, Ohio
    MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 25th, 2020 *** POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 ***
    Florida State University,
    Invited by FSU's Institute on World War II and the
    Human Experience to present Sunken Roads as the
    central event of a new conference on WWII Memory at
    Chipola College.
    Marianna, Florida
    MAY 5, 2020 *** POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 ***
    Mystic Luxury Cinemas,
    Special one-time screening in Mystic, Connecticut.
    Ticket link to come.
    Mystic, Connecticut
    APRIL 24-MAY 2, 2020 Visions du Réel Festival,
    Sunken Roads selected for the Visions du Réel Media
    Library. It will be available for industry professionals
    to view during the Festival and for 3 months after
    the festival.
    Nyon, Switzerland
    JANUARY 15, 2020 Gene Siskel Film Center, as part of their
    2020 Stranger Than Fiction series.
    Ticket Link
    Chicago IL
    JANUARY 12, 2020 Gene Siskel Film Center, as part of their
    2020 Stranger Than Fiction series.
    (Director and Producer will be attending for a Q&A)
    Ticket Link
    Chicago IL
    SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 10:30am G.I. Film Festival
    Ticket Link
    San Diego CA
    AUGUST 25, 2019 10:00am World Premiere at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival
    Ticket Link
    Middlebury VT
    JUNE 8, 2019 Sneak peek screening at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
    Honolulu HI
    JUNE 7, 2019 Sneak peek screening for the 29th Infantry Division Association at the Duke de Canisy’s château in Normandy
    Normandy
    JUNE 6, 2019 Sneak peek screening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
    Dayton OH
    JUNE 5, 2019 Sneak peek screenings on National WWII Museum cruise ships off the coast of Omaha Beach
    Normandy
    JUNE 4, 2019 Sneak peek screening at the National WWII Museum in New Orelans. Q&A was with the director afterwards.
    New Orelans

    PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA

    July 9, 2020
    Publication: Saturday Evening Post
    Seriously Good Films for a Sulky Summer
    "In a disarmingly sweet film that is part historical documentary, part home movie,
    Juergens provides the men with a chance to make one final plea that the world
    not forget the things they did and saw."



    June 1, 2020
    Publication: Fast Company
    Spike Lee, Run the Jewels, and 89 other pop-culture musts for June 2020



    June 7, 2020
    Publication: Voice of America (VOA) - Russian Service



    September 21, 2019
    Publication: Cerebral Overload



    September 17, 2019
    Publication: San Diego Entertainer



    September 9, 2019
    Publication: patch.com



    June 6, 2019
    Publication: Cincinnati Public Radio WVXU



    June 3, 2019
    Publication: U.S. Department of Veteran’s
    Affairs Official Blog, VAntage Point



    May 31, 2019
    Publication: Dayton Daily News



    Summer Issue, 2017
    Publication: The 29er (Military Magazine for the 29th U.S. Infantry Division)



    March 11, 2016
    Publication: The Clan Hannay Society



    February 29, 2016
    Publication: The Tab Yale



    November 11, 2015
    Publication: Yale Journal of International Affairs







    SUNKEN ROADS - Official Trailer

    Sunken Roads - Official Trailer

    SUNKEN ROADS - Kickstarter Sizzle

    Sunken Roads - Kickstarter Sizzle

    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?
       

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