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Cinematic Salute to the Troops

Sat. May 27, 2017 – 7:00 pm | The Howard Theatre

All American

Directed by Michael Ayjian

Short Documentary
United States | 9 min | 2016

72 years later, WWII hero Les Cruise flies again on the same plane from D-Day. This time his family boarded with him. While he is one of the last surviving D-Day paratroopers, Cruise’s story is not only about his historic jump. It’s also about his familial journey: from orphan to great-grandfather.

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All American - Michael AyjianMichael Ayjian
Director

Michael Ayjian is Co-Founder of 7 Wonders Cinema, a Philadelphia-based production company that produces story-driven branded and original content.

In Kindergarten, he started making man-on-the-street documentaries with his father’s video camera, constantly curious about details of strangers’ lives. Both of Ayjian’s late grandfathers were in WWII – one was in Normandy. Ayjian has always had a passion for WWII media, and the effects that film has on people in times of duress. Along with Skeel, Ayjian has directed and produced content for multiple national brands, and been awarded for best music video at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).

All American - Stephen SkeelStephen Skeel
Director

Stephen Skeel is Co-Founder of 7 Wonders Cinema, a Philadelphia-based production company that produces story-driven branded and original content.

Skeel met Les Cruise through his grandparents at age 13. Inspired by the story, he labored on a 60-minute film throughout middle school. The efforts resulted in a disjointed, puberty-ridden mess, which was a lesson in storytelling. Since pursuing film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Skeel and Ayjian have achieved honors at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). They continue to produce nationally recognized and distributed content. Skeel and Ayjian finally felt ready to return to Cruise’s story and bring it to the screen).

Film Information

Director: Michael Ayjian & Stephen Skeel
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 9 min

Credits

Producers: Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel
Original Score: Herdís Stefánsdóttir
Cinematography & Editing: Michael Ayjian, Stephen Skeel
Sound Design & Mixing: David Britton
Color: Konstantin Lyubimov
Consulting Producer: Camden Elizabeth


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