Research underway for “Captain”

I’m looking forward to interviewing a subject this weekend to see if the potential is there for a documentary. The person’s name is Dick Updaw, a neighbor who a couple of years ago gave me a jump start for a dead car battery. I liked Dick right off the bat. Within a few minutes we were into a deep conversation about Vietnam and I learned that Dick had served early on in the war and had returned physically unscathed. The memories are still fresh though, as is a desire of his to keep the memory of those who served alive. To that end, his personal project of remembrance concerns Corporal Robert Hodes, a marine in World War II who served and died on Iwo Jima. Dick had never met the man, he simply saw the tombstone one day and wondered who this 19 year old was. He made up his mind that he would not forget this man – this particular man. I think that’s pretty moving actually.

I’m not at all sure where the interviews and possible film will lead – and I think that is to the good. I have more of a feeling that Dick is going to be the main subject of this film–that it won’t be remembrances of a veteran or a simple profile. I think there is a lot going on under the surface and I’m hoping he will let an audience see what makes a very strong character tick…

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