Friday, February 6, 2009

New Film on 65th Anniversary of D-Day Coming

Image by Mike Forster

WW2-Reflections, Chooses
MAYO Communications

MAYO Communications, a full service entertainment
and public relations agency based in Los Angeles, has
been retained to promote “The Americans on D-Day.”

It Is the first battlefield tour film of WW2-Reflections,
a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of
Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW2 battlefield
tour DVDs for the U.S. market. "The Americans on D-Day"
coincides with the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the
Normandy invasion.

The film's presenter, Ellwood von Seibold, tells the story
with smart graphics and extensive use of veterans'
recollections, as well as invaluable assistance from Dale
Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded Warriors,
Inc. – which specializes in training actors for war-themed
film and television productions.

Dye was in France preparing for his forthcoming production,
"No Better Place to Die." "We are thrilled that he has
supported this tour film," Producer Richard Lanni said.

"We wanted to show a snapshot of that 'Day of Days'
through the individual soldier's eye," Lanni said.
"Ellwood, who is an incredible 62-years-old, put on
all the different uniforms, allowed himself to be
suspended on a rope ladder over a cliff, ran out of
the freezing water on Omaha Beach at 6.30 a.m.,
crawled through hedgerows and shinned up trees."

The production shot its first interviews in 2007 with
Howard Manoian, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd
Airborne who landed in Normandy on D-Day and
returned many years later to live in the country
that he helped liberate.

"With the addition of archive footage and stills
we have turned this interview into a short
biographical documentary under the title of
'A Soldier's Journey,' which we also hope to
launch for the 65th anniversary," Lanni said.

(Clips available at:

Manoian was recently named a recipient of the
Chevalier de la L├ęgion d’Honneur by the French
government. He will be presented with the award
in June at St. Mere Eglise, where U.S. paratroopers
suffered heavy losses during the Normandy invasion.

For more about MAYO Communications contact
Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade call 818-340-5300,
or email: or

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1 comment:

  1. Looks exciting and I can not wait to see the full documentary film, thanks, Dave Weeks, Seattle, Wa.