World War II Foundation Teams with Executive Producer David F. Alfonso on Documentary Film “Remember Pearl Harbor”

KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES, August 17, 2016 / — The Non-profit World War II Foundation is pleased to announce that its 17th World War II documentary film, Remember Pearl Harbor, will be a part of the official commemoration events recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II in 1941.

The documentary film, narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Tom Selleck, chronicles the personal stories of veterans and citizens who were a part of and witnessed the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II.

The film is executive produced by David F. Alfonso, board member of the World War II Foundation and produced, written and directed by Tim Gray, who is also Chairman of the World War II Foundation. Jim Karpeichik is Director of Videography and editor of the project.

“There are moments in time that change the global landscape and although tragic, forces those impacted to stand up to defend good over evil,” said Alfonso.

“This film in no way attempts to glorify the horrific events that occurred on the island of Oahu, but to provide a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women to preserve freedom. Tim Gray’s undying passion to keep these stories present is essential work that should be supported and commended,” Alfonso continued.

“It is my third collaboration with David,” said Gray. “His passion for preserving these stories for future generation’s is as strong as anyone I have met. I always enjoy his support and belief in the vision of the
World War II Foundation and Tim Gray Media,” Gray said.

The Premiere in Hawaii will be hosted by former Good Morning America anchor David Hartman and be shown in World War II Hangar 79 on Ford Island on December 4th in front of the remaining survivors of the USS Arizona, as well as other WWII veterans, survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack and other guests.

“It’s an honor for one of our film premieres to be included as an official event by the 75th anniversary committee,” said Gray. “The real honor however has been gathering the interviews of those veterans who witnessed the attack, especially aboard the Arizona, as well as civilians who also have lent an intriguing perspective to December 7th, 1941,” Gray continued.

‘There are interviews with over 35 WWII veterans in the documentary, but we focus on a core group of those veterans and survivors who lived through the events of December 7, 1941,” Gray concluded. Also featured in the film is Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese flight leader of the Pearl Harbor attack.

“The film is not focused on the strategy of that day, which has already been dissected over the decades, but rather the personal stories of those who were there,” said Gray.

Remember Pearl Harbor will debut nationally on PBS affiliates around the country next December. World War II Foundation films rank in the top 5 of most requested programs nationally by PBS stations.

Last month Hollywood actor Tom Selleck finished up two days of narration in Los Angeles for the project. Selleck, who starred for years as “Magnum, P.I.” and now in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” is the chief narrator for the one and a half-hour documentary.

“Having Tom lend his voice to this project is very meaningful,” said Tim Gray, Chairman of the World War II Foundation and the Director and Producer of “Remember Pearl Harbor”. “Besides having a truly outstanding voice, he was a member of the National Guard when he was younger and obviously knows Honolulu and Pearl Harbor well from his days filming Magnum, P.I. in Hawaii.”

In preparation for this film and for the first time ever, Navy Base Pearl Harbor and the FAA allowed a drone camera to fly over the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Those scenes are included in Remember Pearl Harbor.

TGM/WWII Foundation films rank in the top-5 of most requested programs by PBS stations nationally.

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