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.
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.”
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 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'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.
To those who have given financial support to the film:
Deanna and Mike Burkett
Maureen and Jack Donahue
Susan Mitchell-Mattera and Neil Mattera
Theodore Geibel Jr.
Fran and Danny McNamara
Robin Lynn Nadeau
Colman (Pat) Ryan
Mary M. Garlich
Richard R. LaFace
Lori Piscatelli Scanlon
Philip J. Allen
Gregory P. Francis
Elynor B. Hamilton