"Stalag Luft III  - One Man's Story"  project description

Originally created for Patek Philippe clients - online. It's a story of hope within our feature documentary "Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story" about the oldest living PoW from Stalag Luft III during WWII. The same PoW camp depicted in the iconic film "The Great Escape." To learn more about the feature documentary Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story
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director/producer: Louise Woehrle
cinematographers: Bill Carlson, Chip Johnson, Greg Winter
editor: Chip Johnson
post production: Channel Z

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"Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story" project description

Whirlygig Productions PRO

WELCOME ~
I invite you to view the video clips on these 2 project pages from my feature documentary in post production. Clips include excerpts from my uncle's interview, stills from raw footage of our reenactment imagery segments, NBC "Today Show"…


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WELCOME ~
I invite you to view the video clips on these 2 project pages from my feature documentary in post production. Clips include excerpts from my uncle's interview, stills from raw footage of our reenactment imagery segments, NBC "Today Show" and more. Please click "more" below for more information. All footage posted here is rough, with no final editing, treatments, proper music, etc. The only piece on this site that is finished is "The Watch Story" created for Patek Philippe watch company in Geneva, Switzerland.

FILM SYNOPSIS – feature documentary
"Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story" told by World War II prisoner of war U.S. Army Air Force Bombardier Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of 10,000 PoWs crowded into Stalag Luft III barracks that would later be made famous by the iconic film "The Great Escape." Woehrle was shot down May 29th, 1943. His parachute malfunctioned when he bailed from his crippled B17, the "Concho Clipper," yet miraculously he survived. At age 94 this remarkable man and gifted storyteller takes us back with vivid detail as he relives his experiences that include: his rescue by a French fisherman, capture by the Nazis, eating bread crumbs to survive, the below zero 70 mile "Forced March,” and being liberated by General Patton after two long years of uncertainty and tremendous hardship. Woehrle at age 98 was the oldest living PoW from Stalag Luft III. He shares his personal story - filled with grit and grace of how he survived physically and psychologically. A man who lived his life in service to others, Charles Woehrle, one of thousands of heroes from the Greatest Generation, has much to teach us about war and about life.

UPDATES
We are currently in post-production and seeking more funding to complete the film. If you are interested in supporting this project through a tax deductible donation, please go to our 501©3 fiscal sponsor project page: ifpmn.org/fiscally-sponsored-projects/stalag-luft-iii-one-mans-story/ where you will find a pay pal button to donate online. You may also write a check payable to IFPMN with the title of our film in the subject box and mail to:
IFP MN Center for Media Arts
Fiscal Sponsor Administrator
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL PRESS
NBC "Today Show," thanks to Tom Brokaw (see video clip on this page), feature in the "New York Times"
nytimes.com/2011/06/23/fashion/a-prisoner-a-watch-a-war-story.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
London "Telegraph" November 2, 2013 titled "The Great Escapement" telegraph.co.uk/luxury/watches/13549/the-great-escapement.html

Hodinkee: hodinkee.com/blog/2011/7/11/exclusive-interview-charles-woehrle-world-war-ii-pow-shows-u.html

PRODUCTION VALUE PERKS
Within the feature we have shot and edited three reenactment sequences including green screen: The 70-mile forced march in below zero weather, inside the B-17, bailing out of the plane, and on the home front in 1943. I’m thrilled to say that the SFX already created for the shot down sequence really adds to the production value and takes us into that very dramatic near death experience, as told by my Uncle Charles.

WITH GRATITUDE
I would not be where I am with this project if it were not for all the generous contributions – financial and in-kind, along with the dedication of my amazing production/post production team: Bill Carlson(DP), Greg Winter(DP), Chip Johnson (DP/editor), Alex Fournier (SFX/editor/camera), Victor Rukavina (editor/camera) and Channel Z. My Uncle Charles preferred calling financial donations, “investments.” So, with a little more investment, our film will be finished by the end of summer or early September!

RIP Uncle Charles ~
My Dear Uncle Charles passed away peacefully March 25, 2015. He was eager to meet his Maker. He continued being a caring and generous friend right up until the end. Thankfully, he did see all the sequences to date and gave me a thumbs-up! I wish I could have completed it before he died, but know his spirit is forever with this film and all of us involved in its creation. It gives me comfort to know he is with my dad Fritz (identical twin) and his beloved wife Elizabeth.

Star Tribune Obituary article April 7, 2015: startribune.com/obituary-charles-woehrle-was-a-world-war-ii-pow/298835141/?c=y&page=2

Thanks to you all for your time, interest and support. I hope that you can join us in making this film a reality by September, 2015. Blessings to you all ~ Louise Woehrle ~ lawhirly@gmai.com

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