Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY (PRWEB) April 1, 2009
Producer/Director Richard D. Lanni plans to arrived in Times Square, NY, today (Wednesday, April 1st), to appear on the Joey Reynolds Show on WOR's network in New York at 10 p.m., EST.
Lanni, who works for WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland has just completed his first of a series of battle tour films entitled, The Americans on D-Day, which will premiere Monday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m., (Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00 pm), at the American Legion Post #43, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA., 90068. The film is available for any American Legion Post or veteran organizations upon request.
This is WW2-Reflections' first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market.
"We are thrilled to have the chance to recognize American Heroes of D-Day this year, on the 65th Anniversary of Normandy, and what better place to do it than at the historical American Legion Post 43 building," said Lanni, WW2-Reflections.
The Americans on D-Day-- which will be on sale Online in April -- makes extensive use of smart graphics and veterans' recollections, as well as invaluable assistance from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded Warriors Inc., Los Angeles, which specializes in training actors for war-themed film and television productions.
"'The Americans on D-Day" provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century," Dye said. "I'm really proud to have a hand in this effort to provide a foxhole-level view of what happened in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
"I've seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark," Dye said.
Ellwood von Seibold, battlefield guide of "The Americans on D-Day," donning American and sometimes German uniforms, hops into an early model Army Jeep much like Gen. George Patton rode in, to show viewers what soldiers endured in one of America's bloodiest battles.
"If you can't afford a trip to tour the battlefields of Normandy, just get a copy of 'The Americans on D-Day' and you'll get a stirring look at events that changed the course of World War II in Europe," said Dye, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who lives in Los Angeles and has worked with Tom Hanks and other celebrities on award-winning productions including "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan."
The production crew shot its first interview 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.
Manoian was recently named a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion 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.
Veterans who would like to RSVP to the event on April 27, 2009 need to call 323-851-3030 and leave your name, your city and phone number. Media must RSVP with MAYO 818-340-5300.
Editor's note: EPK DVD with extras like uniforms and weapons used are available upon request. For more information contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity (at) mayocommunications.com or visit: http://www.mayocommunications.com.
On April 1, 2009 WW2 Reflections will launch a new site dedicated to the film:
http://www.Theamericansondday.com and preorders are available now.
(Press Clips are available at:
(EPK at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJIjD-MaRJw&feature=channel_page)
Film writers wishing to review the film in advance please call for a DVD to be mailed to your office. It is the entire film with film extras on uniforms of the day and weapons used at Normandy.