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Film Editing in Progress: Honor in the Air


Hello friends! We're realize we've been pretty quiet lately regarding the Honor in the Air documentary project. There's been a lot happening in our efforts to bring you the story of Vietnam War Veteran Captain Scott Alwin and the members of the 68th Assault Helicopter Company with whom he flew.


Members of our outreach team, Pamela Alwin Fullerton, Penny Alwin Kleinhans, and myself, have had the pleasure of making several presentations over the past few months, including one at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. We had a great turnout of attentive audience members, and a magnificent backdrop. When we walked in, there was music from the Vietnam War era playing, and the stage was set up with the iconic Huey helicopter behind us. Thanks Chris and team for treating us so well!


We are deep into editing, and it's been amazing. The hardest part was whittling down all the powerful material we gathered from interviews with Scott's widow (Tess) and their two children (Scott II and Heather), seven of Scott's siblings (Deborah, Gabrielle, Jill, Lance, Pamela, Penelope, and Sean), Scott's lifelong friend (David), the director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum (Christopher), and eight of the brave men who served with Scott in the 68th Assault Helicopter Company (Bill, Dave, Ed, Frans, Jack, Larry, Lee and Walt). Wow! We probably have enough material to make two more films, especially when we consider the never-before-seen footage loaned to us by Scott's friend and fellow 68th AHC member, Frans Vanden Broek, photos supplied by family, friends and more Veterans, hours of Vietnam War footage shared with us by Public Television Wisconsin, and footage we filmed from and of a Vietnam era Huey with Vietnam Vet Dave Schmitz who, along with his crew, generously gave us the 'birds eye' view.


We are still working to complete our fundraising goal, so if you know of someone who may be interested in contributing to the production fund through our 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal receiver, Film Green Bay, Inc, send them to our homepage at honorintheair.com to see all the ways to donate.


We will be ready to start showing the film in November and are already starting to schedule screenings. Two notable showings will be at the EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh, WI) 2024, and the 2024 Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Reunion (Reno, NV). We hope to re-visit many of the Veterans groups who have been so supportive throughout this project with screenings, and show the film in several film festivals.


If you're interested in scheduling a screening or other presentation for your group, please get in touch with Susan Reetz at 715.212.6239 or Pamela Alwin Fullerton at 715.675.4115. www.HonorInTheAir.com https://www.facebook.com/honorintheair



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fullertonwrites
Sep 26, 2023

WooHoo! The finish line is in sight! I am personally so grateful for all the support of my fellow HIA team members and every veteran. veterans group, museum staff, and "civie" who has supported and encouraged us along the way. A huge THANK-YOU to all. PJAFullerton.com

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