Vietnam Documentary Funding Update

Escape From Firebase Kate, the documentary film being produced by Storytellers International for an early 2015 release, has received tremendous public, private and grant support. Since launching the funding campaign in late 2013, funds totaling roughly $45,000 have been committed to the project. The funds will pay for all production, post-production, promotion and distribution of the 1-hour film.

With the overall project goal of $70,000 well in sight, the campaign to raise the remaining funds will continue throughout the films production and release in 2015. Donations may be made from the film website EscapeFromFirebaseKate.com. Offline donations may be made by calling 563-650-4862.

Storytellers International would like to thank all of our private donors as well as the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, for a $10,000 grant awarded to the project through the Iowa Arts Council, and Tee It Up For The Troops, for a $5,000 grant.

Al Dykes and filmmaker Paul Kakert

Filming Commences on Firebase Kate Documentary

As June arrives, filming commences on Escape From Firebase Kate, the documentary set for release in early 2015. The first set of interviews was completed between June 1 and June 7 and included 6 veterans scattered across the east coast  and onto Texas. Paul Kakert, the film’s Director, logged 4,200 miles on the first part of his quest to record the stories of those who served on, or in support of, Fire Support Base Kate in 1969. Remaining interviews with the veterans living throughout the western half of the country will commence June 13th and be completed by months end.

Spooky gunship

A Spooky gunship, on display in Florida, is one actually flown in Vietnam by Al Dykes (Spooky 41).

Historical Documentary Film Will Recount Heroic Efforts

Vietname Documentary FilmVietnam, 1969: U.S. Army Special Forces Captain William Albracht, a 21-year-old from Rock Island, Illinois, is assigned command of Firebase Kate. The day he arrives the post comes under heavy attack. The severely outmanned and outgunned outpost will soon be overrun. Out of options, and against all odds, he leads a desperate late night escape. All but one man survives the escape.

layout-1_page-1This historical documentary and inspirational film project is in development for a release coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the United States official involvement in Vietnam. The film will be more than a simple historical depiction of the events that occurred. As we hear from many of the men who served at Firebase Kate, the film will capture the human drama and the heroic efforts undertaken to survive in dire circumstances. Nearly 50 years later, it’s important to make this story known to those familiar with the Vietnam War, as well as convey the significance of this story to a new generation.

The film is being produced by Storytellers International, an Iowa corporation and 501c3 non-profit charitable organization based in Davenport, Iowa. Paul Kakert, Director of the award-winning 2010 documentary “Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation” and Founder of Storytellers International, is the film’s Director.

Your donations will help produce this original documentary film and make it available to the largest audience possible. The distribution model will follow the successful plan used for Train to Nowhere that included DVD sales on high-profile websites including Amazon and Creatspace, national and international broadcasts, streaming movies sites including Netflix and iTunes, and free distribution to educators for us in their classrooms.

Please consider making a donation today by clicking the PayPal secure donate button below. You may also call Paul Kakert directly at 563-650-4862 to make a donation by credit card over the phone or arrange a donation by check. Storytellers International accepts cash, check, credit card and stock donations.