Show #3 Creating a Documentary of The Viet Nam War (Jan. 23)

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Ghost Money! Award Winning Filmmaker Lawrence Johnson talks about his new project Ghost Money and his use of super 8 films shot in 1972
War has many sides to it. Elections are won and lost by it. Nations are divided by it, lives are lost by it, and families are forever changed by it. Whether you are for or against it, it is part of our nation’s history and should be documented. My guest this week is creating a feature documentary about the legacy of the Vietnam War and the personal lives of those who lived through it. His current film project Ghost Money includes many reels of super 8 film he shot when in Viet Nam in 1972. He recently returned to Viet Nam to donate a copy of these films to the history and pres


ervation archives. In this episode you will hear about his return trip to Viet Nam, 40 years later to look for his former fiancee, Ms. Candy. This is a different side of war, Not one from the “hyper male perspective”.

Tech Talk with Phil Vigeant wraps the show with how to put legacy super 8 film shot at 18 frames per second into a modern HD digital workflow. Phil discusses how to choose 1080i or 1080p and common pitfalls that can be avoided.

Lawrence Johnson has been making documentary films and videos since 1983. His work in history and culture has been distinguished through many awards, including two from the American Association of State and Local History (Remembering Uniontown, 1985 and Steam Whistle Logging, 1987). His programs made with Jackie Peterson for the exhibition Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West received the Golden Muse Award, the American Association of Museum’s recognition for the best Audio/Visual program in 1995. His film Hand Game (2000) opened the American Indian film Festival in San Francisco. His film three possible scenes won best dramatic short at the 2004 River Run International Film Festival. Video installations by Johnson have appeared in several galleries in the Portland area. His feature-length personal documentary, Stuff, received the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and won a special jury prize at the 2011 Florida Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Talking Pictures Festival. In 2012, Johnson received the prestigious Individual Artists Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, honoring artists in the Portland metropolitan area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest.

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