Art in the Face of War

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Art in the Face of War- Feature Documentary. Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art for journalism, as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity. Covering all theaters of operation and all branches of the U.S. military, including the once top-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery (some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories) will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction.

Directed by David Baugnon. Shot and Edited by Ed Holt. Executive Produced by Cecelia Barnett. Click here for Artist Bios.

Press and Praise for Art in the Face of the War

"To say that these are moving stories is to grossly understate the measure and the power of these extraordinary personal watch Art in the Face of War is to be privileged with a rare gift." Excerpt from The Wave- May 23, 2008

"Art in the Face of War is an essential document of our history, one that should be shown in every classroom, library, and living room in the country" Excerpt from Mike Falcigno's article in The Fairfield Weekly- June 14, 2007

"They tell their stories with such clear-eyed detail, they could be recalling the events from last week." Excerpt from The Stamford Times- October 6, 2006

"Beautifully and movingly told" Excerpt from The Fairfield Citizen- September 29, 2006


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Screening and Award History for Art in the Face of the War


Veterans Day screening at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor in the Florence Gould Theater, May 20th, 2011

ACTIVISM Film Festival, Israel, May 20th, 2011

RealHeART Film Festival - June 24th, 2009

Texandance International Film Festival - June 6th, 2009

G. I. Film Festival - May 15th, 2009

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - May 3rd, 2009, Encore Screening

Lake Havasu Film Festival, Lake Havasu City, Arizona- April 5th, 2009, WINNER: Best Documentary

Twin City Arts Festival, Kernersville, NC - February 13th, 2009

Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, Old Lyme, Connecticut - November 12th, 2008

Rockport Film Festival, Texas - November 9th, 2008

Great Lakes Independent Film Festival - September 27th, 2008, 10pm

Rockaway Film Festival, New York - June 7th, 2008

Memorial Day Celebration in Bronxville, New York - May 11th, 2008

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival - December 5th, 2007

Westport Artists Lecture Series - November 9th, 2007

Cinema Orange Film Series - June 28th, 2007

Independent Features Film Festival - Screening online from June 1st-30th, 2007

Bridgeport, Ct. City Lights Gallery Flag Day Screening - June 14th, 2007

Newport Beach Film Festival - April 20th & April 25th, 2007, WINNER: Special Jury Prize

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - March 29th, 2007

Southern Fried Flicks Film Festival- January 13, 2007, WINNER: 3rd Prize for Best Documentary

Veterans Day Screening at the Carriage Barn Arts Center- November 11, 2006

Connecticut International Film Festival- October 6, 2006, WINNER: Audience Award for Best Documentary

New Hampshire Film Expo- October 15, 2006

American Artist Film Festival- September 28, 2006

Carriage Barn Arts Center – June 17th, 2006, World Premiere


Click here to buy the DVD. Includes the feature and over 90 minutes of additional footage, including a slide show of the artwork, a multitude of entertaining stories from the Veterans on their wartime experience and a special section with their poignant thoughts on today's war.


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