Emmy Award-Winning Actor Kyle Chandler, Honorary Chairman of the 2017 Film Fesitval
“I am extremely honored and excited to be honorary chairman of the 2017 Normandie-World War II International Film Festival. The Normandie-World War II International Film Festival seeks to recognize those who are chronicling the personal stories of the dwindling World War II generation. With roughly 800 WWII veterans passing on each day, the time is now to share their stories with the world so that we may truly understand their courage, determination and the sacrifices they endured, in both battle and on the home-front. We are who we are today because of their belief in protecting our freedoms. I hope you will support the efforts and mission of the festival in the coming year and I hope to see you in Normandy, France in June of 2017.”–Kyle Chandler
Kyle Chandler Biography:
Kyle Chandler won a National Television Emmy Ward for Outstanding Actor in a Television Drama Series for his role as Head Football Coach Eric Taylor in NBC’s critically acclaimed show Friday Night Lights. Kyle is currently starring in the Netflix Drama Bloodline. Other television shows featuring Kyle Chandler include: Grey’s Anatomy, Early Edition, Homefront, Tour of Duty and Friday Night Lights. Kyle has also appeared in the major Hollywood films: Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Super 8, The Day the Earth Stood Still and King Kong.
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United Kingdom Based Band of Brothers Actors Invited to Attend the Red Carpet Event on June 2 Include:
Rick Warden-Harry Welsh
Bart Ruspoli-Ed Tipper
Robin Laing-Babe Heffron
Shane Taylor-Doc Roe
Philip Barantini-Skinny Sisk
Nick Aaron-Popeye Wynn
Ben Caplan-Smokey Gordon
Doug Allen-Alton More
Stephen Graham-Mike Ranney
Phil McKee-Robert Strayer
Official Film Venue for the 2017 Festival in Bayeux, France is the Cinema Le Melies
Click Here for information on the Cinema Le Melies in Bayeux. Films will be shown each night on June 3, 4 & 5 from 8PM-12PM.
2017 Festival Categories Include:
*Outstanding World War II Feature Film
*Outstanding World War II Documentary Film
*Outstanding World War II Short Film
*Outstanding Veteran Produced World War II Film
*Outstanding Student Produced World War II Film
*Outstanding Writer World War II Documentary Film
*Outstanding Videography World War II Documentary Film
The Festival Includes:
-Opening night red carpet event at the Utah Beach Museum on June 2nd honoring D-Day veteran and 2nd Ranger George Klein who attacked the cliffs at Pointe-du-Hoc on June 6, 1944.
-Film screenings and receptions over 3 nights in Bayeux
-Q & A sessions with the actors, directors and producers
-Q & A sessions with World War II veterans
####Please note that the film festival is NOT a Band of Brothers Actors Reunion. There may be a few BoB actors visiting with us, but we will not know until late spring which actors. Again, this is NOT a reunion event, but a WWII film festival.
“The Normandie-World War II International Film Festival is near and dear to my heart and those of the actors from Band of Brothers. The festival honors the best in World War II related content and keeping the memories and stories of what these veterans accomplished is so very important. We feel a connection to the men we portrayed in Band of Brothers and preserving their legacy and those of all veterans who fought in World War II is important to understanding their dedication to the cause of preserving democracy throughout the world. Any festival that highlights this is a true treasure.” James Madio, Sgt. Frank Perconte in HBO’s Band of Brothers. Please note James Madio will not be attending the film festival in 2017.
Hosted by the Utah Beach Museum in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France (website)