Local teen produces '1944' war film
He spent the last year and a half researching, writing, directing, filming and producing an original film called "1944." The film is about the 101st Airborne, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and their days during the Battle of the Bulge. He spent hours in his school library poring over books and maps of Europe. He studied online journals from the 101st Web site.
Hawkinson's film started as a junior class project. He set out to make a 30-minute comedy, but his research led him in a different direction. He gained a huge amount of respect for the men he researched. So he wanted to take a new approach with his film.
"The more research I did the more I wanted to make something that would be meaningful," Hawkinson said.
Now this is another example where I hope the parents are aware of what a great kid they have. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for the effort.
Take a look at the banner on the page--the Bitterroot Mountains, as in Montana and Idaho. Do you suppose that there is some connection between where he grew up and how he was raised? I wonder what the likelihood of getting a kid like this would be in, say, Chicago or San Francisco? I won't even go into the odds of his getting his film made--he used real guns! *GASP!*