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Filmmakers are scouting locations around Fort Benning for an upcoming documentary about the War to End All Wars.
Over There: Doughboys in The Great War will be a four-part series for public television hosted by Hollywood actor-trainer retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye. Dye, famous for the HBO series Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan, says the series will be an in-depth, intriguing and inspiring look at one of the most pivotal and costly conflicts in the history of mankind. It will give our audiences a feel for the brutal, dehumanizing experience of static war in muddy, bloody trenches.
The series will be completed by 2017, in time for the 100th anniversary of Americas entry into World War I. It is a co-production between independent filmmakers Livingbattlefield and the National Infantry Foundation, the non-profit organization charged with the operation of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia. Viewers will be treated to an on-location battlefield experience in Northern Europe, while seeing the actual battle scenes acted out near the home of the U.S. Army Infantry.
This is an exciting opportunity for us, said Foundation President Ben Williams. We are thrilled to be part of a production that will explain how young Americans fought in the ugliest of wars.
The filmmakers hope the trench that will be built for filming could remain open for visitors after production is complete.
The state-of-the-art museum already features a life-size diorama from the bloody battle of Soissons on the Last 100 Yards ramp, a recreated trench immersion experience and a vast array of memorabilia on display in the WWI gallery.
Rats, waterlogged trenches, barbed wire and shell holes will add to the authenticity of the series. Our re-enactors will be young U.S. Army veterans, says Director and Executive Producer Richard Lanni.
Livingbattlefield forged a partnership with the National Infantry Foundation after the filmmakers groundbreaking World War II series The American Road to Victory aired nationwide on PBS stations. Adopting a quirky and engaging style, Livingbattlefield has rekindled an interest in history among families. We expect this upcoming World War I project to provide an enlightening explanation of a little-known period of American history, says Lanni. Work on the production will begin in spring 2013. The series will be distributed by American Public Television.
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