CREDITS: DIRECTOR, EDITOR
In the past 15 years we have seen the Towers fall again and again in a series of powerful documentaries and TV shows. Movies have expertly rendered the courage of first responders and the passenger takeover on United Flight 93. But in the smoke of 9/11, one story still remains largely overlooked: the attack on the Pentagon.
On September 11th, 184 people lost their lives at the Pentagon. Today many people are surprised to hear that the Pentagon was ever a target, let alone the loss of life that occurred there. And even fewer know about those who escaped and how many people were terrifyingly close to the impact zone.
On the 15th anniversary of the attack, survivors — many for the first time — tell their stories. There are harrowing accounts of crawling blindly through dark, smoky corridors, leaping from windows to escape, reentering the inferno to find colleagues, carrying the wounded to safety and tending to gravely burned, unrecognizable co-workers despite the dangerous conditions that surrounded them.
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For the 70th Anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe, History tells the story of D-Day in HD. Rare footage is rendered in High Definition, then combined with interviews from the men who lived through it. Allied and German survivors tell their first-hand stories about the war that changed the course of the world. Through these stories, the long held belief that an Allied victory was secured after a single, bloody day will be dispelled. In truth, it would take weeks of back and forth struggle before the Allies could cement their foothold in enemy territory. And the final death toll far exceeds anything seen on the beaches. D-Day remains one of the most important turning points of WWII, yet very few of us know the real story…until now.
CREDITS: PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR
September 11th… Pearl Harbor… the assassination of JFK. Days that forever changed America. But the Kennedy assassination is different: 50 years after it happened, most Americans think we don't know who did it. Now History has conducted the largest nationwide survey ever attempted on the topic to learn exactly what the country believes. Who do Americans suspect was really responsible for JFK's death? It's an entirely new way to look at the assassination–through the eyes of those to whom it matters most: the American people. Premiere experts Vincent Bugliosi, Max Holland, Gerald Posner, Robert Groden, Jefferson Morley and others will break down why each leading theory has captured the American imagination, where the evidence supports it, and where it comes up short. The entire range of conspiracy theories will be examined, from the mainstream to the fringe, and the big questions will finally be answered: who does America think really killed JFK–and why?
CREDITS: CO-PRODUCER / CO-DIRECTOR / EDITOR
In April 2012, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, HISTORY® seeks to answer the questions surrounding this infamous disaster once and for all. In a major, exclusive underwater expedition, HISTORY partners with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and RMS Titanic, Inc. to conduct the most extensive exploration and imaging of Titanic's wreck site ever undertaken. CGI will illustrate what happened structurally to the ship, minute by minute, after it's fatal collision with an iceberg.
CLIENT: HEWLITT PACKARD
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Global Health Media Project designs and develops videos that are tailored to the needs of health workers and populations in low-resource settings. Internet and mobile technology give us the power to reach large numbers, cost-effectively and across vast distances, resulting in significant impact at minimal cost per patient.
Starting in 2014 Tony has been the senior editor for Global Health, not only editing new content and reformatting / alt-languaging existing content, but often acting as graphic designer and photographer. In 2014 he filmed on location with the Global Health team in Toronto Canada and Itahari Nepal.
CREDIT: CO PRODUCER / EDITOR
In 1961, President Kennedy set a goal for the nation: beat the Russians to the Moon and do it within the decade. In 1969, NASA met that goal--but no one defined what should happen next. As a growing number of political, social, and economic problems vie for the nation's attention and money, Congress, Presidents, and the public aren't certain if manned space flight is really worth the cost and risk. But for legendary flight director Gene Kranz and the men and women of Mission Control, there's no doubt. Despite waning public support and shrinking budgets, they still have a job to do with no room for error. This feature-length sequel to Failure Is Not an Option tells the story of America's post-Apollo space program, from the point of view of the engineers ofMission Control. Through their experiences, we get a firsthand look at life inside Mission Control, as these driven engineers continue to push the boundaries of space flight from 1972 into the new century.
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It began innocently enough. In 1938, two German chemists accidentally discovered how to split the nucleus of the uranium atom: nuclear fission. Einstein’s E=mc2 equation predicted that the amount of energy released from just one atom would be enormous.
Physicists all over the world immediately realized that fission might make a bomb of extraordinary power — and that Nazi Germany might be capable of creating one. The fear of Adolph Hitler getting a nuclear weapon led to a race to deter him by developing such a bomb first. Thus began a chain of events that would lead inexorably to Hiroshima, the nuclear arms race, the hydrogen bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis and some of the greatest fear and tension ever in world history.
CREDITS: Co-producer / Editor
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched an unassuming orb into orbit around the earth. This satellite, the first ever to orbit the earth, started an unprecedented space race, and arms race, between the Soviet Union and the United States. The United States formed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to bring America to the forefront of space travel. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy pledged that the United States would put a man on the moon before the decade was out. NASA fulfilled that legacy in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon uttering the historic phrase “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Today, space travel is as much a part of our history as any other type of exploration. Astronauts today remain in space for weeks and months at a time with astronauts from other countries. But for the decades of the second half of the twentieth century, especially from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, NASA and its accomplishments were the focus of national pride and honor. Failure Is Not An Option tells the story of the men and women behind the space program—the men and women of mission control.
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During the Vietnam War, the neighboring kingdom of Laos was home to a sideshow with Alice in Wonderland rules. Because Laos was nominally neutral, the outside powers kept their presence secret and fought in part through proxies. The Communist North Vietnamese soldiers camouflaged themselves as members of the local Pathet Lao. The C.I.A. ran a three-way anti-Communist alliance of Americans, Thais (who camouflaged themselves as Laotians) and a guerrilla force of Laotian tribesmen, principally the Hmong.
The man in the center of this odd alliance was a shy but remarkable Texan, Bill Lair, who not only started the C.I.A. operation but also founded the Thai and hill tribe forces.
From the early- through the mid-1960's the operation actually succeeded against the North Vietnamese regulars. The Hmong enlarged the territory under their control until they were pushing up against the North Vietnamese border. This was a huge achievement, accomplished with a handful of Americans and a minuscule budget. It reflected a little-known alternative strategy for fighting wars in Southeast Asia, with as few Americans as possible. But it was the road not taken in South Vietnam, where eventually the United States stationed a half-million men, with no better results.
In 1965 and 1966, when the North Vietnamese doubled and then quadrupled their force in Laos, the guerrillas started retreating. To compensate, the United States made increasing use of air power from the main conflict next door. This high-tech solution created fresh problems. The bombs were inaccurate. The planes couldn't stop the Communists without the help of strong friendly forces on the ground, but how could Iron Age tribesmen who didn't speak English coordinate with the pilots of supersonic planes?
In response the C.I.A. and the United States Air Force created a unit of forward air controllers that became known as the Ravens, after their radio call sign. A capable bunch, they had all flown propeller-driven spotter planes in South Vietnam. They volunteered for Laos, a looser, more creative war, where they could indulge their disrespect for authority and unleash their all-out warrior zeal. Their upcountry headquarters was a kind of Shangri-La for unconventional warfare: Long Tieng, a secret air base in the Laotian mountains created by Mr. Lair, who had left Laos. The Ravens were ''sheep-dipped'': they wore civilian clothes and pretended to be civilians, although nobody was fooled.
The documentary ''The Ravens: Covert War in Laos,'' on the Discovery Times Channel tonight, ably portrays what it was like to be a Raven, and how the experience could forever change a young pilot's life. Well edited, with surprisingly abundant archival film, this is probably the best documentary on the Laos war yet made, although it doesn't have many serious competitors.
The film makes one error of omission, failing to mention the Hmong who sat behind the pilots in the spotter planes, helping coordinate the tribal soldiers on the ground with the jets in sky.
A more general complaint may be made against the one-hour documentary format, which compresses a big, fascinating subject into small segments. Nevertheless there's terrific eye candy here, along with a compelling story.
The film follows four Ravens, now middle-aged, on a journey to Laos to revisit the war of their youth. Their goal is to return to Long Tieng, where no American war veterans have set foot since Laos fell to the Communists in 1975.
The deceit and mistrust between the returning Americans and the Laotian Communist government continues as though the war had never ended. The Ravens pretend to be ordinary tourists making home movies, but their Laotian guide, a retired colonel in the Communist army, meets them at the border wearing a ''Raven'' T-shirt. Blown cover!
For reasons that are never entirely clear, which is typical in Laos, the Ravens are prevented from returning from Long Tieng. Instead they are taken to a Potemkin-style Hmong village that turns out not to have been populated by Hmong after all but by members of a different ethnic group. It is as though all those involved can't stop lying to one other. Old habits die hard.
Back in the United States the film crew follows the Ravens to an annual reunion. These men forged their identities during wartime, and who can blame them if life has never been as colorful since? In a poignant scene they fling glasses into a fireplace while reading the names of fellow Ravens who died long ago in battle. These survivors were all warriors once, and their wounds from this doomed, secret war have never entirely healed.
Discovery Times, tonight at 8, Eastern and Pacific times; 7 Central time
Directed by Kirk Wolfinger; written by Rocky Collins; producer, Mika Holliday Lentz; director of photography, D. J. Roller; narrator, Miguel Ferrer. Produced by Lone Wolf Documentary Group for the Discovery Times Channel.
CLIENT: National Geographic
Ancient human bones are rare, so when the skull and upper torso of a child are found buried in a Moroccan cave, they raise many questions. When did she live? What did she look like? Was she one of us?
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Fire On The Mountain is a riveting documentary investigating the death of the 14 firefighters killed in 1994 on Storm King Mountain in Colorado, one of the worst disasters in U.S. wildfire history.
The show, based on a book by investigative reporter John Maclean, introduces viewers to the event with a dramatic reenactment of the tragic day and uncovers a story of "bureaucratic intrigue and mismanagement" that contributed to the firefighters' deaths.
Maclean is the son of author Norman Maclean, writer of "Young Men and Fire" about a 1949 tragedy called the Mann Gulch fire in Montana, one that claimed the lives of 12 firefighters. The elder Maclean, once a firefighter himself, wrote that book as a warning, "Mann Gulch must never happen again." But 45 years later the incident was repeated at Storm King.
The federal report on Storm King blamed the deaths on the firefighters themselves for having a "can-do" attitude which Maclean and many of the survivors found insulting and inaccurate.
"I wanted answers and I felt duty-bound to find them," Maclean says Maclean set out to answer three questions: 1) Why did the Bureau of Land Management wait three days before fighting the fire? 2) Why did the 49 firefighters on the mountain get fooled so badly by the fire, even though they recognized the similarities to Mann Gulch? 3) Why did the smokejumper in charge, Don Mackey, turn back after directing others to safety?
The documentary features stories from survivors, tearful interviews with family members, and explanations from investigators and administrative officials.
Maclean also talks to survivors of Mann Gulch to compare the two incidents. Although firefighting safety standards were issued after Mann Gulch in 1957, many of these were ignored at Storm King. Maclean discusses problems with the firefighter's strategy at Storm King, such as fighting the fire from an uphill position and not allowing for a change in conditions.
But numerous other problems are discovered as Maclean reveals the lack of communication between two BLM offices handling different aspects of the fire, and how a misguided BLM policy forced employees to hold back available resources despite firefighters' requests. We also learn about an important weather warning issued to all regional BLM offices, but never relayed to the firefighters at Storm King.
"All over western Colorado, crews are getting the message and pulling out. Don Mackey and the others on Storm King are the only ones who are not told what's coming," says local fire weather forecaster Chris Cuoco.
The documentary follows the fire's slow progress until finally, "Hell erupts." Helicopter pilot Dick Good saw everything as a wall of flame tore across the mountain and the firefighters ran for their lives. "My thought at that point was that no one is gonna survive that fire. This was the most terrible thing I had ever been through," says Good, a Vietnam veteran.
The production takes viewers though the last desperate moments as the firefighters are trapped in a U-shaped inferno. They can hear their gas cans and chain saws exploding behind them as they race up the steep mountainside. While some reach the limit of their endurance, stop and open their fire shelters, others keep going and make it over the ridge.
One survivor tells how he jumped to get away from the heat just as he crested the ridge, and was then slammed to the ground by the force of the fire. Officials said the only reason he lived is that he screamed as he went down, preventing him from inhaling the super-heated gases that killed those in the fire shelters.
Officials feared they had lost as many as 40 firefighters and it was hours before they got an accurate head count. The search for two of the bodies is a story within a story, Maclean says. Due to a lack of communication and lack of resources allotted for search and rescue efforts, it took 48 hours to locate the bodies and even learn whether they were dead or alive.
At the end of the show Maclean puts together the pieces of the puzzle to answer his questions, and to give some advice.
"One of the truths of history is that we learn from the big, cataclysmic events," Maclean says. "This is not war. Casualties are not inevitable and to be accepted. This is something different and there are times when you do step back."