Celebrate ITSOTB’s 10!






August 2 – 4, 2012 is the anniversary reunion of In the Shadow of the Blade in New Orleans, Louisiana and we are hoping every ITSOTB cast member, crew member, LZ coordinator, supporter and fan will be there to join the celebration!

We’re so excited that the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association has invited us to celebrate ten years of ITSOTB as part of its annual gathering. And where better than New Orleans, midway on the ITSOTB route – yeah, we know it’s hot as Vietnam there that time of year but hey- nobody’ll be shooting at you. Great food, jazz, all of us together in New Orleans…it doesn’t get more cool than that, right?

VHPA is graciously providing us with our own ITSOTB gathering room and two nighttime film screening slots on the program. On Thursday August 2 at 8:00 p.m., we will premiere our newest documentary (more on that in a bit), and on Friday August 3 at 8:00 p.m. we’ll be doing a special “Anniversary Cut” screening of In the Shadow of the Blade!

Let us know if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you registration information.  Can’t wait to see you.


Save the Date to Celebrate: 2-4 August, 2012!

Ten years ago next year, a war-battered Huey helicopter lifted off on a beautiful fall morning from a Fort Rucker ceremony on a documentary film mission to capture the untold stories of Vietnam War veterans and their loved ones. [Read more…]

Why the Huey?

Every modern war has its icon, the technological development essential to the conflict, the one that changes the course of battle and becomes, ever after, symbolic of the time. The Civil War’s cannon, World War I’s machine gun, World War II’s tank — each left its mark on the landscape and the soldier. Vietnam’s icon was the helicopter, specifically the UH-1 utility helicopter soldiers referred to as “the Huey.” [Read more…]

Welcome to In the Shadow of the Blade

Welcome!  In the Shadow of the Blade is a documentary film about the cross country flight of UH-1 “Huey 091″ which is now part of the Smithsonian American History “Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibit.  The film started as an idea to take a restored Vietnam War Huey helicopter across America to find out who our Vietnam veterans are, and became that and something much, much more: a community where American veterans and their loved ones can share, connect, and enlighten the rest of us about what it was like to live in and with that war. [Read more…]