Event Title

DOC UWM

Presenter Information

Alex Kayser

Mentor 1

Jenny Plevin

Location

Union Cinema

Start Date

27-4-2018 12:00 PM

Description

For the past year I’ve been assisting Doc- UWM in the production of a Documentary about Art Shay. Mr. Shay is a prolific Chicago based photographer who has captured some of the most historic events and figures of the 20th century. I’ve been tasked with studying the time in Mr. Shay’s life when he served in the 8th Air Force as a bombardier navigator. During this period, Mr. Shay was under the command of Colonel James Stewart and took part in thirty bombing missions over Nazi occupied Europe. After his first combat tour Mr. Shay went on to fly unmarked planes into neutral Sweden to provide Red Cross supplies to the Americans stranded there. Once the war had ended Lt. Shay continued to serve in the Air Force, flying V.I.Ps around the world. On one of these flights his plane was caught up in a snowstorm and was forced to crash in Newfoundland. The photos that Mr. Shay took during this incident helped jumpstart his career after he was rescued. I’ve gathered these stories through hours of interview footage with Mr. Shay and have tried to bring them to live with archival footage and the photographs personally taken by Shay during this tumultuous period. Hopefully once this project is completed the public will also be able to experience these important stories for themselves.

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Apr 27th, 12:00 PM

DOC UWM

Union Cinema

For the past year I’ve been assisting Doc- UWM in the production of a Documentary about Art Shay. Mr. Shay is a prolific Chicago based photographer who has captured some of the most historic events and figures of the 20th century. I’ve been tasked with studying the time in Mr. Shay’s life when he served in the 8th Air Force as a bombardier navigator. During this period, Mr. Shay was under the command of Colonel James Stewart and took part in thirty bombing missions over Nazi occupied Europe. After his first combat tour Mr. Shay went on to fly unmarked planes into neutral Sweden to provide Red Cross supplies to the Americans stranded there. Once the war had ended Lt. Shay continued to serve in the Air Force, flying V.I.Ps around the world. On one of these flights his plane was caught up in a snowstorm and was forced to crash in Newfoundland. The photos that Mr. Shay took during this incident helped jumpstart his career after he was rescued. I’ve gathered these stories through hours of interview footage with Mr. Shay and have tried to bring them to live with archival footage and the photographs personally taken by Shay during this tumultuous period. Hopefully once this project is completed the public will also be able to experience these important stories for themselves.