D-Day: Over Normandy Narrated by Bill Belichick has been selected for acceptance for the 2017 Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of Flickers and RIIFF. D-Day: Over Normandy was selected from over 6,000 submissions from more than 60 countries.
Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF, as noted, is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award and the Short Documentary Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 19 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. RIIFF is truly a place where the stars align!
The World War II Foundation hired one of France’s top aerial Drone camera companies to film some of the most iconic locations in Normandy from D-Day.
The result is some of the most spectacular scenes of the landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy, France viewers have ever seen.
The WWII Foundation tells the story of these famous locations utilizing ONLY aerial footage from our Drone camera, along with archival footage from June 6, 1944.
The foundation also matches 1-2 actual D-Day veterans with each location filmed by the drone, so these veterans can share their stories of where they were and what they experienced on D-Day.
“The then and now of archival footage and modern day drone filming is something that brings the environment of D-Day to life. Hearing from the men who were actually there in combat wraps up the film as something that is important to preserve historically and unique to view via today’s modern technology, which in this case is filming with a drone camera. Viewers get a real sense of being on the beaches, in the small villages and among the thick hedgerows of Normandy, France where the fierce fighting took place on June 6, 1944,” Gray said.
“Of course, also having the greatest coach in NFL history narrate the film as a tribute to his own father’s service in World War II is something special in itself as well.”
About the World War II Foundation:
The Rhode Island based World War II Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations committed to educating future generations about the enormous sacrifices and achievements of sixteen million Americans who served in WWII.
The WWII Foundation tells the stories of those in Europe and the Pacific who fought in the war and also experienced its horrific events, from survivors of the Holocaust to citizens of European countries who endured German occupation to those who witnessed the Blitz in England.
The foundation has also visited several Japanese camps in the Philippines where thousands of Allied soldiers were brutally treated and murdered.
With a strong focus on film and television documentaries which air nationally on PBS stations, the Foundation has successfully produced a series of 18 award winning documentaries.
WWII Foundation documentary films rank in the top-5 of most requested nationally by PBS stations.
Among the Foundation’s awards, Tim Gray, Chairman, personally has won 5 regional Emmy’s for documentary film writing and outstanding documentary film.
The Foundation captured three prestigious Indie Film Fest Awards in their international competition
In addition, the World War II Foundation/Tim Gray Media has received the prestigious Programming Excellence Award from American Public Television for its series of WWII films.
Project participants and supporters include: Gov. Tom Ridge, Dan Aykroyd, Curt Schilling, Tom Selleck, Tim McCarver, Kyle Chandler, Bill Belichick, Matthew Broderick, Donnie Wahlberg, Jason Beghe and Damian Lewis.
The goal of our foundation is to preserve the individual experiences of those who witnessed the most devastating conflict known to man and to hopefully, pass on the lessons learned from World War II to a new generation.
We also seek, through educational outreach, to honor those who showed great examples of dedication, sacrifice and courage during one of the most horrific time periods in history.
We do hope you will support our mission and honor those who still remain, while also recognizing the cost paid by those who did not come home or were caught up in the path of World War II. Time is critical.
The foundation donates its films to American Public Television, schools and libraries so young people understand the sacrifices made by the WWII generation.