In Letter From Cloudcroft, daughter/filmmaker Melinda Hess reveals the top-secret story of her Jewish father's participation in ‘Project Paperclip’ hidden from the American public for over sixty years. The letters home from the filmmaker’s father, Private Sanford Hess, a twenty-one year old US Army engineer, provide an eyewitness portal into a complex personal and national drama with overlapping mutually related lenses on family and geo-political history. In both the recent aftermath of the Holocaust and initial rise of the Cold War, this interdependent military endeavor launches not only rockets but also a new space program in America. The personal treasure hunt is a filmic archeology of time and place with concealed pieces of her father’s story exposing unlikely historic allies in unlikely places – Germans in the New Mexico desert with unexpected results – a new American government agency named NASA. Letter From Cloudcroft reveals the captivating story we haven’t been told through the personal, poetic and technical details letters of a young army private engaged in a provocative clandestine mission.

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