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Winner! Founders' Choice Award, Gi Film Festival

The 2 Sides Project is a feature documentary that follows
the unforgettable journey of six U.S. sons and daughters as they
discover a country and a people with a shared history.

Over 11 days in December 2015, American and Vietnamese sons and daughters—who had all lost fathers during the war—met for the first time. The film captures the entire story, not just the transformative two sides encounters, but the profoundly moving experiences these Americans had while visiting the sites where their fathers died, and the powerful encounters they had with the country itself.

Istrico Productions, led by Anthony Istrico, shot more than 150 hours of footage to cover every important moment and every vibrant detail of the journey.
 

 

Be transformed by the journey that opened our ears, and our hearts. 

September 5, 2017, I Will Tell Film Festival London
October 18 and 22, 2017, GI Film Festival San Diego

 
 
 
Anthony Istrico, Director and Founder of Istrico Productions

Anthony Istrico, Director and Founder of Istrico Productions

As director of The 2 Sides Project, Anthony
was able to bring together many of his
passions to produce a story that uncovers unexpected strengths to inspire and empower. “If our work can reach those who need it and help them feel they are not alone, than we’ve done our job.”  

 
Nora Kubach, Creative Producer and Editor

Nora Kubach, Creative Producer and Editor

A consummate creator with a background in theater and business, Nora’s stage today is the editing studio. She instantly develops a personal connection for the viewer, best evidenced in her recent work as writer and editor for The 2 Sides Project. With a limited timetable, Nora uncovered an untold story in an engaging and emotional film. 

 
Jared Groneman, Director of Photography/Animator  

Jared Groneman, Director of Photography/Animator
 

Jared brought his creative eye, an ability to adapt to any situation, and a passion for empowering his subjects to The 2 Sides Project documentary. His favorite part of the project? “The first 6,” the six Americans who took the journey to Vietnam.

 
Marco Duran, Post-Production Assistant

Marco Duran, Post-Production Assistant

Marco's appreciation of film and music keep his eyes and ears wide open, bringing a unique perspective to his work. His strong connection with the characters in The 2 Sides Project gave him a better understanding of the best way to bring a story to life. He provided not only assistance with sourcing assets, but also gave his brilliant creative perspective.

 
 

Film Stills

 

To those who have given financial support to the film:
Thank You! 

 

Patron

Anonymous (1)
Deanna and Mike Burkett
Maureen and Jack Donahue
Michael Evers
David Lareau
Susan Mitchell-Mattera and Neil Mattera
Sally Okun
Michael Rodensky
Shawn Steffey
Bob Taraschi
Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin

Pal

Anonymous (1)
Edd Barnes
Jennifer Bergantino
Catherine Buckler
Brian Burns
Jody Carlson
Greg Crist
Donna Draughn
Alison Dutton
Edward Garlich
Theodore Geibel Jr.
Jane Groneman
Jamie Heywood
Margaret McMorrow
Fran and Danny McNamara
Christopher Moore
Joy Morel
Robin Lynn Nadeau
Hoa Nguyen
Noosphere Productions
Heather Phibbs
Jerry Pinkerton
Mary Potter
Colman (Pat) Ryan
Brooke Yaeger

 

 

Pioneer

Jacqueline Aguanno
Mayer Baker
Daniel Gainer
Mary M. Garlich
Ben Heywood
Richard R. LaFace
Arthur Istrico
Timothy Robey
Lori Piscatelli Scanlon

 

And more!

Philip J. Allen
Kim Benner
Craig Bennett
Matt Bergiel
Julie Bilgor
Slavik Boyechko
Kim Chen
Lucas Darnell
Eric Fichtel
Sheila Fitzgerald
Thom Forbes
Gregory P. Francis
Alexis Gescheider
Dari Gessner
Linda Goldman
Elynor B. Hamilton
Amy Huang
Jan Lockhart
Suzanne Maxx
Doris Reicherter
Betsy Stephenson
Rachael Stockton
Mark Walter
Jennifer Weisberger
Jocelyn Winzer

 

“The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.”
Nhat Hanh