• THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

  • THE STATS

    Setting & Shooting Locations
    England: London, Truro, Trebah, Tavistock, Poole.
    France: Paris & Normandy
    (St. Lô, Bayeux, Vire, Isigny, Utah and Omaha beaches)

    Post-Production

    Budget: $50K USD

    Genre: Documentary

    Period: 1940s & present day

    Proposed Schedule

    Post: 6mos / Festivals: 1yr

    Format: 1080p HD

    Language: English & French

    Although we will submit the film to a variety of festivals and distributors,
    no audience could be more important than the veterans who form the core of this film,
    most of whom are in their late nineties. For that reason, it is crucial that we
    raise at least $50,000 in order to finish as efficiently as possible.

    We'd be thrilled to have you as the newest member of our team,
    whether you'd prefer to donate financially or contribute
    your skills and expertise.

    Thank you for for your interest in SUNKEN ROADS
    and we would love to hear from you.

CHARLOTTE JUERGENS

DIRECTOR

Charlotte Juergens graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a BA in History with honors. At Yale, she was Co-President of the Yale Film Society and helped to found the Yale Film Alliance and the Yale Student Film Festival. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago and will receive her MA in Social Science with a History concentration in June 2018. Her research focuses on the history of French and American commemorations of WWI and WWII.

Outside of Sunken Roads, Charlotte’s filmmaking experience includes serving as Assistant Archivist on Joe’s Violin, an Academy-Award nominated short documentary. Charlotte’s fascination with history and nonfiction storytelling have led to the appearance of her work in publications such as the West Point Historical Review, Newsweek Magazine Online, and the blogs of the Connecticut State Library and U.S. Embassy in New Zealand.

Lydia Robertson

PRODUCER
Over the course of Lydia's 30-year career in film and television, she has worn a great many hats of all shapes and sizes. Her efforts as a producer, fundraiser, director, news and documentary film editor, sound editor, audio and video engineer, rock photographer, and lighting designer have resulted in many international and domestic awards, including numerous Emmys and one Oscar. Lydia's most recent projects include SOLD, an award-winning dramatic feature, 79 PARTS, a comedy feature soon to be released, and NBC Network News shows such as Nightly News, Dateline, and the Today Show.

Lydia's grandfather Pat, a D-Day veteran and central figure in Sunken Roads, inspired and influenced her more than words can say. She is delighted to be working on this project that is, among other things, a tribute to Pat's comrades in the 29th Division and to his generation.

Mark Juergens

EDITOR
Mark has been a filmmaker in New York since 1982. His work as an editor has allowed him to stumble into documentary and feature films, music videos, episodic television and all sorts experimental video weirdness, as well as editing his daughter's birthday videos. Recently, he spent six years as the Senior Series Editor for How Democracy Works Now, as well as editing six of these feature length films. Forbes called the series "The Greatest Films On Government Ever Made." Some of his projects have aired on HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, Bravo, A&E, Discovery, History Channel, MSNBC, Logo, Lifetime and PBS. Films he's edited have screened at Sundance, the New York Film Festival, South by Southwest, DocNYC and Berlinale. Many have won awards and had theatrical distribution.

Jordan Plotner

COMPOSER
Jordan is an award-winning Junior composer at Yale University and has written the music for over 20 short films. In addition, his music has appeared on television shows on FOX and TLC and has been premiered in New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and Malta, including his opera which premiered in New Haven. Jordan has also composed extensively for commercials, working with companies including Ben and Jerry's, Shell Oil, The Onion and, Felix Cat Food. He is an alumni of the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz Program.

SUNKEN ROADS

is a documentary film considering
the experience of WWII veterans returning to Normandy
for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

I spent most of June 2014 traveling with a group
of American veterans from the 29th Infantry Division,
as they retraced the route they took
as young soldiers during the invasion.

My late great grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr.,
belonged to the same division as these men, and so I was also following the path he took.

After the group of veterans returned to the United States
I remained in France, staying at the home of a French woman
who had experienced the invasion as a child.
I spent my days visiting the sunken roads and foxholes that still remain from WWII,
interviewing her about her childhood memories of the war and archiving
a collection of postcards between her father and grandfather from WWI.
This film will be an exploration of memory, intergenerational relationships,
and the human desire to commemorate.
Most importantly it will be a record of the voices of a fading generation.

Charlotte Juergens, Director

SUNKEN ROADS - Introduction Promo
Promotional introduction for SUNKEN ROADS: SEVENTY YEARS AFTER D-DAY.
Here you meet the main characters and get a feel for the journey.

SUNKEN ROADS - The Trailer

SUNKEN ROADS - Our Crew
Here our Director, Charlotte Juergens, talks about her collaborators,
Producer, Lydia Robertson and Editor, Mark Juergens.
They all discuss the story and what they like best about it.

SUNKEN ROADS - What Inspired This Film
Here our Director, Charlotte Juergens, talks about her grandfather,
Sgt. Parker Davie Hanna Jr. as the inspiration of this film.

SUNKEN ROADS - What Does "Sunken Roads" Mean?
Hear how the director, Charlotte Juergens,
explains the significance of the sunken roads to the troops in Normandy.

SUNKEN ROADS - Hal Baumgarten interview excerpt - AUDIO ONLY
One of our US WWII Veterans, Hal Baugarten,
describes how he used the Star of David as an act
of defiance against the Nazis.

PAT HANNA

VETERAN
PARKER (PAT) DAVIE HANNA JR. was a Texas native, who discovered his passion for journalism while studying agriculture at Texas A&M University. Pat served as a war correspondent for Stars and Stripes during WWII, and he also engaged in intelligence work for the US Army. Pat attached himself to the 29th Division, Infantry, and traveled with them to Normandy for the D-Day invasion. A highly decorated soldier during World War II and the Korean War, Hanna received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in action outside of Saint-Lô., Bronze Star with V device, the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantry and Airborne badges, foreign decorations, and several service awards.

A newspaperman most of his life, Hanna worked for the San Antonio Express, Houston Post, Dallas Times-Herald, Los Angeles Examiner, Chicago Sun-Times and several small daily newspapers and weekly papers. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for his editorial campaign against the crime syndicate "Murder Incorporated."

His editorials and articles formed a part of the Kefauver Committee's investigation into organized crime in Southern California. His granddaughter Lydia and great-granddaughter Charlotte are, respectively, the Producer and Director of SUNKEN ROADS.

DON McCARTHY

VETERAN
is a Boston native who joined the 29th Infantry Division in England in early 1944 as a member of the 116th Infantry's 1st Battalion. His landing craft capsized on D-Day, and later on he was wounded on Omaha Beach. He worked for Bell Telephone for more than three decades after the war, and currently lives in Rhode Island.

SUZANNE (SUZETTE) GANDON

SURVIVOR
grew up near the commune of Juaye-Mondaye in Calvados, Normandy, where she experienced D-Day as a young girl. During the invasion, Suzette lived with her mother and two sisters in a trench outside their home, dug for them by a veteran of WWI. Suzette's grandfather served in the French Army during WWI, her father was a prisoner-of-war during WWII, and her late husband fought in Algiers. Suzette remains in Juaye-Mondaye, where she lives in a restored thirteenth-century farmhouse near her childhood home.

ARDEN EARLL

VETERAN
is a Pennsylvania native who landed on Omaha Beach in the first minutes of the D-Day invasion as a member of Company H, 116th Infantry, 29th Division. He holds two Purple Hearts for war wounds. After the war he settled in Erie, Pennsylvania, and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

STEVE MELNIKOFF

VETERAN
is a Rhode Island native. He joined the 29th Infantry Division in January 1944 as a member of Company C, 175th Infantry. He was wounded outside St. Lo in June 1944, but later returned to the 29th and fought through to V-E Day. After the war, he worked for four decades in Bethlehem Steel and currently resides in Cockeysville, Maryland.

HAL BAUMGARTEN

VETERAN
is a native of New York City who took pre-med courses at New York University before being drafted. He joined the 29th Infantry Division in February 1944 and was wounded on Omaha Beach in the first minutes of the D-Day invasion as a member of Company B, 116th Infantry. He gained an M.D. degree after the war and currently resides in Florida.

JEAN MIGNON

SURVIVOR
is a native of St. Lo, Normandy, and as a young boy he fled to the countryside with his family during the 29th Division's effort to liberate St. Lo from German occupation. After the war he served as mayor of St. Lo and currently runs a museum in a restored chapel devoted to the American units that liberated the city.

GEORGE BAYLISS

VETERAN
is a highly-decorated British veteran of the Bedfordshire- Hertfordshire regiment. George served as a minesweeper and fought with the Pioneer Corps during WWII, and he barely survived the Battle of Monte Cassino. George is currently a pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

JOSEPH BALKOSKI

HISTORIAN
was born in New York City and has been researching and writing about the D-Day invasion and the World War II exploits of the 29th Infantry Division for nearly forty years. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, and runs the 29th Division Museum and Archives in a historic Maryland National Guard armory.

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