Upcoming National Broadcast of StoryCorps Short “The Last Viewing”
StoryCorps Animated Short “The Last Viewing” will be broadcast nationally on PBS’ POV on June 29th (10pm Eastern/9pm Central). POV is the premiere showcase for independent documentary work in the United States and is in its 28th season.
In “The Last Viewing,” Vietnam veteran Allen Hoe honors the memory of his son, Nainoa, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2005. Directed by the Rauch Brothers, the short originally premiered as a part of StoryCorps’ commemoration of Veterans Day 2014, which shared some of the most powerful stories from our Military Voices Initiative. The initiative provides a platform for veterans, military members, and their families to share their stories. It also provides a wonderful way for civilians to gain a deeper understanding of their service and sacrifice. “The Last Viewing,” along with “1st Squad, 3rd Platoon,” “The Nature of War,” and “Germans in the Woods” represent just a few of the experiences recalled during the 1,000 plus hours of interviews recorded by Military Voice Initiative.
At the end of May, “The Last Viewing” was also honored with a screening at the GI Film Festival during their “Best of the Fest” awards show in Fairfax, Virginia. Both the festival screening and the upcoming national broadcast are meaningful acknowledgments of the work of the Military Voices Initiative, the animation team, and everyone at StoryCorps.
We couldn’t be prouder that this short continues to connect with viewers because the need for these stories to reach wide audiences is clear. For civilians. For veterans. For military families. Sylvie Lubow, Program Manager of MVI, comments, “There’s not a lot of space when you are in active duty to reflect on what’s happening to you. You are reacting. Whether you are listening or telling your own stories it’s a different way to process what has happened. It can be hard, but it’s powerful.”
We hope that “The Last Viewing” will encourage people to listen more to our veterans and their families – and that it will encourage other military families to share their own stories, too. And we hope all who view it will honor Allen Hoe’s sacrifice and dedication, whether they recognize his experience in their own lives, a loved one’s service, or simply as a compassionate civilian.
POV has long been a broadcast partner of StoryCorps and we encourage you to enjoy the diverse and compelling lineup they are presenting this summer and fall. Find your local PBS broadcast schedule here.
Stories Selected for WHCOA
In partnership with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, StoryCorps is pleased to recommend these Animated Shorts and Audio selections from our archive.
“If we’re going anywhere, we’re going down the aisle, because I’m too tired, too sick, and too sore to do any other damn thing.” This remarkable couple personifies the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of every day people if we take the time to listen.
Priya Morganstern and Bhavani Jaroff interview their father, Ken Morganstern, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Bobbi Cote-Whitacre and her wife, Sandi, talk about their relationship.
4. Me & You (Animated Short)
On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie’s decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott’s trepidation at what the future holds.
94-year-old Betty Jenkins remembers a gift from her mother.
On December 7, 1941, thousands were killed when the Japanese bombed the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. Frank Curre was still a teenager then. He had enlisted just the year before and ended up at Pearl Harbor aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee. At StoryCorps, Frank remembered how he got from his Texas hometown to an island in the Pacific Ocean.
Elliot Reiken remembers how he and his identical twin brother, Danny, met and married another set of identical twins, Hunny and Bunny Feller.
Thompson Williams grew up in Oklahoma as one of eight children. His father, Melford Williams, was a tribal leader of the Caddo Nation and a World War II veteran who had a big impact on Thompson’s life.Â At StoryCorps, Thompson’s son, Kiamichi-tet, sat down with his dad to learn more about his grandfather.
Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Washington during the 1950s. As a teenager, Patrick began to understand he was gayÂ –Â something he thought he was hiding well. But as he told his daughter Robin, one day, when he went to perform at a school assembly, his father Charles Edward Haggerty, decided to have a serious talk with him.