1.1 million Canadians served in the Second World War. Today there are less than 41,000 remaining, and that number is shrinking every day. Soon there will be no WWII veterans left. Will we remember what these men and women sacrificed for the Canada we live in today?
My name is Eric Brunt and I'm a 25 year old documentary filmmaker. My grandfather Clifford Brunt was in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. When he passed away at the age of 95, I realized I had no record of his war time experiences. This made me wonder - what other veterans' stories were out there, never recorded and on the verge of being lost.
In May 2018, I left Victoria, BC, in a small van, with the goal of traveling across Canada to interview and film as many surviving WWII veterans as possible. As of November 2018, 200 veterans have shared their experiences on camera for me. These interviews will be used in my documentary titled "Last Ones Standing."
Very few of these veterans have ever been filmed before. Many have not even shared their experiences with their families. Some have already passed away since I have interviewed them.
Soon all of these veterans will be gone, and their stories will be lost forever. Unless they can tell them now.
But we need your help. I have been on the road, living in my van, for five months. So far I have driven almost 4,000 km. There is a long way still to go – and many stories that still need to be told. Response has been amazing wherever I’ve gone. I’ve been interviewed by numerous newspapers and radio stations across the country, and appeared on CBC The National.The film is currently 100% self-funded. It has become clear that I can't do this alone. I need your help to continue making "Last Ones Standing".
Funding will be used to hire editors to help transcribe and edit the footage, which is currently over 200 hours worth of material. I also need assistance sourcing and licensing archival photos and footage to go with my interviews.
The warm summer weather allowed me to keep costs relatively low, as I have been camping across the country. However, with winter coming this is no longer an option. Funding will be used to help me reach more veterans and preserve their memories on film forever. The goal is to reach St. John's, Newfoundland, so that veterans are represented from coast to coast.
Most importantly, "Last Ones Standing" needs to be seen, by as many people possible. Any funding raised will help with securing distribution for the film. I am also personally mailing complete interviews on DVD for each veteran's family.
This is an important chapter of Canada's history. These men and women sacrificed their youth and in return we have our freedom. Please consider supporting this project and donating to "Last Ones Standing" today!
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