Washington D.C. Premiere
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Directed by: John D. Lukacs
Directed by: Tim Gray
Production Studio: World War II Foundation
Tim Gray Media-Ocean State Video
Playing: Sunday, May 25 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:55 PM | Ticket Info
On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts broke out of an escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines. The secret that they carried out with them would shock the world. Called the “Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific” by the U.S. War Department in 1944, the full, uncensored true action adventure tale has been lost to history for nearly seven decades – until now.
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About the Filmmaker
John D. Lukacs, Executive Director
Writer, adventurer, historian and documentary filmmaker John D. Lukacs specializes in one-of-a-kind stories – the unusual, the unprecedented and the virtually unknown.
Lukacs is the executive producer, writer, fundraiser and promoter of “4-4-43.” He is also leading the companion “Mission of Honor” campaign to have Col. Ed Dyess reconsidered for the nation’s highest miltary award, the Medal of Honor. “4-4-43” is his first film.
His first book, Escape From Davao: The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War, was published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster in 2010 and in paperback by Penguin/NAL Caliber in 2011.
Recognized as a “gifted stylist and storyteller” and a “top-notch non-fiction writer,” Lukacs’s work has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, World War II Magazine and on ESPN.com. Lukacs has made numerous local and national television and radio appearances, including on ESPN and C-SPAN, as well as Sirius Satellite Radio.
A hands-on historian who enjoys forensic documentary research and believes that first-hand knowledge of a geographical location is essential to fashioning a riveting narrative, Lukacs has explored World War II battlefields and historic sites throughout both Europe and the Pacific, including: Attu, the Ardennes, Bastogne, Bataan, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden, Cabanatuan, Corregidor, Coral Sea, Dachau, Dutch Harbor, Fiji, Guadalcanal, Guam, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Iwo Jima, Kiska, Manila, Midway, the Maginot Line, the New Hebrides, Paris, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Rabaul, Reims, Saipan, the Siegfried Line, Singapore, Tarawa, Truk and Wake Island.
Lukacs’s current projects include a book and documentary film on the Battle of Manila (the only urban battle of the Pacific war) and a book on the Aleutian Islands Campaign (the only WWII battles fought on U.S. soil).
A former resident of New York City’s famed Hotel Chelsea, Lukacs, 37, received the 2011 Senator John Heinz Community Advocate Award from the Veterans Leadership Program of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
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