APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home” is the journey of
two filmmakers, born after the conflict in Vietnam, who are searching for the
“truth” between what is commonly taught, and
what is the reality for the veterans tasked with fighting this unpopular war.
The 1st Squadron of the 9th Cavalry Regiment (1st of the 9th) was the first Air Assault unit in history. The 1st of the 9th was made up of gunships (the Reds), scout helicopters (the Whites) and infantry (the Blues).
Company heavy machine gunner. Duane received a Silver Star for his actions during their battle on March 19th, 1970. They call that “the day they should have died”. In Kregg’s view, if it wasn’t for Specialist Bloor, many of them them would have.
(WriterDirector) is a former federal law enforcement officer with a focus in counterterrorism. He left the government in 2011 to cofound Rainbows and Unicorns Entertainment, LLC with his friend and business partner, Dustin Sweet.
It is Dave’s relationship with Kregg Jorgenson that has been the driving force in bringing this project to life.
(WriterDirector) is an animation artist with work in the film, television, and music industries. Starting out in Taos as an award winning painter, he picked up photography in college and transitioned easily into cinematography as his work moved into effects animation.
(Producer) Jack Faris holds the Ph.D. in
sociology from the University of Chicago. His dissertation was on Basic Combat
Training in the Transition from Conscription to the All-Volunteer Force. After
a successful academic career, with promotion to associate professor with tenure
at Towson University, Jack moved to Seattle and took a position with the city’s
largest advertising agency.
We visited the museum
in Mineral Wells, TX to get a better sense of the history of the war. Founded
and run by Vietnam Veterans, the museums artifacts and vehicles on display
offered us a greater perspective on the war as a whole. We would also like to
thank museum treasurer, Jim Messinger, for sitting down for an interview with
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