Screening, Talk of Award Winning Film The Ghost Army on Campus

Screening, Talk of Award Winning Film The Ghost Army on Campus

February 19, 2014

Rubber tanks, sound effects, and carefully crafted illusions trick the enemy to defeat during a top secret mission during World War II. Award winning author and producer Rick Beyer explores this mission in his documentary "The Ghost Army."

On February 19 at 7 pm, Beyer will host a screening and talk about "The Ghost Army" in Rosen Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life, along with the departments of Graphic Design, Communication, Fashion and FYS.

During World War II, the Ghost Army staged more than 20 deception operations in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, often operating dangerously close to the front lines. Many of the men chosen to carry out these deceptions were young artists recruited from art schools across the country.

In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Some would go on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly and photographer Art Kane.

According to Professor Tessa le Roux, Director of the Donahue Institute, the film is relevant for many different academic majors.

"It is relevant for students in history, art and design, film production, social and political science, design and even fashion. We are thrilled that the filmmaker himself is able to come and screen his film and also talk about it," said le Roux.

The documentary premiered on PBS on May 31, 2013 and has received several awards including the CINE Golden Eagle Award 2013, winner of the Salem Film Fest 2013, Audience Appeal Award Moab International Film Festival 2013 and Official Selection for the GI Film Festival 2013.