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Tweetable Logline: A 15-year-old enlists as a German soldier under Hitler’s rule for the last month of WWII. 70 years later, he revisits those experiences.
Elevator Pitch: Witness to the infamous World War II fire bombing of his hometown, Dresden, Germany, 15-year-old Diether Warneck lost his girlfriend and bicycled to the front-lines of the war, enlisting under Hitler’s rule. This decision would haunt him for the rest of his life. Recalling the events that lead to his survival, Diether shares the guilt he hid for 70 years while experiencing a life filled with love, family, intrigue, and art. Though Diether’s pain is incomparable to the atrocities of the Holocaust, it is real, and it is human. This film exposes a rarely acknowledged casualty of World War II.
Director, Creator, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, etc… – Dorian Warneck
Producer – Brittany Paul
Executive Producers – Ryan Cockrell, Ethan Jackson
Production Company – Lunch and Recess
Original Score – Eastward Music
Composer – Joshua Smoak
About the Film: Diether Warneck is my father. He was born in 1929, I was born in 1991. Hearing my dad’s thick German accent, kids in school used called me a Nazi. I finally started asking my dad about his experiences when I was a teenager, and was surprised to learn that he had served in the German Army when he was 15. Early on I began to think in depth about where his experiences fell on the guilty vs. innocent scale. This is a personal account from a side of WWII that is not often heard, and has relevance to wars today.
Current Status: This is the home stretch! Film is shot and edited, music is being composed and if funded, this film will enter film festivals this summer!