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Vietnam Aftermath


Sunday 27.10. | 21:30 HS


The horrors of war never die. The story emerging is not one on the War itself but on the horrors these men and women now face at home. Their story is of the war after the war, rejection, disenchantment, death, nightmares and resiliency. More than 40 years have passed since the official end of the Vietnam War. For years, many veterans of this war refused to talk about their experience. Now, however, as many begin to die out, four Vets that belong to the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial have decided to share their stories for the first time.

Director Biography – Tom Phillips

“Vietnam Aftermath” wins its third Award “Best Short Documentary” in the Independent Shorts Festival in LA. “Vietnam Aftermath” also won “Best Short Documentary” and “Best Inspirational Film” competing with hundreds of submissions with Emmy winning and Oscar Nominated directors in the Olympus Film Festival in LA.

Working mostly in television I’ve developed, written, shot and produced 78 hours of television programming for The History Channel, Discovery, Nat Geo, Outdoor Channel, Smithsonian, BBC, BBC Worldwide, Comedy Central and PBS. My main responsibility is to create story elements that will engage the audience and maintain high ratings.

Last year I produced for “Moonshiner’s” and “Masters of Arms” both for the Discovery Channel. Last year I worked on “Forged in Fire” for the History Channel and for “Hidden History” a new series for the Smithsonian Channel to be released in 2019.


Director Statement

Over two years ago while producing a television series I started to interview Veterans on the War in Vietnam. During the shoot I became very close to two of the Vets I spoke with.
Later on, the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial in New Jersey offered to pay me to interview all their Veterans.

My father served, I did not so it didn’t feel right taking money from them. Instead I offered to donate my time and gear and I would see what if anything I could do to get their story’s out to the public.

Over a year ago I started editing this and just didn’t think it was working. Then after being caught up on much needed paying gigs I went back to the footage and tried again editing a 34-minute documentary.

I included visits to the homes of four Veterans, to get a no holds barred view on what it’s like to live with the darker memories of War and the continuing horror of the effects of “Agent Orange” on their families.

Anyone that’s been in production knows whenever you do a program this way, with no plan, no real budget, no script, it will always only be what it is. So, what is it? Documentary or Experimental?

There is no added narration. I didn’t want to risk any interpretation on my part. I wanted viewers to hear these stories from the Veterans themselves. The open is very nontraditional and wrong by current Television Network formats.

Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. However, the stories of these four brave men are intact and told in “their own words”. They shared things with me that they never told anyone.

This documentary is not about the past but a grim warning for the future.

Tom Phillips Director Moonshiners, Master of Arms, Forged in Fire, MonsterQuest
Russell Denniston Crew Moonshiners
Bill McClung Key Cast “Bill McClung” Army Medic, Vietnam Veteran
Herb Worthington Key Cast “Herb Worthington” Vietnam Veteran
Anthony D’Altrui Key Cast “Anthony D’Altrui” Vietnam Veteran US Marine Corps
Cappy Everhard Key Cast “Cappy Everhard” Vietnam Veteran US Marine Corps
Carol Redlund Executive Producers First Film
Ruth Ann Burns Executive Producers Journalist / Former VP of PBS NYC
Ernie Diorio Military Advisor Vietnam Veteran Army
Richard Gough Military Advisor Vietnam Veteran Air force
Film Type:Documentary, Television
Runtime:30 minutes
Completion Date:January 9, 2019
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Film Language:English
Shooting Format:Digital
Film Color:Color
First-time Filmmaker:No
Student Project:No