Some of you will be aware that I (Minter) am passionate about WWII history and have been researching the life and death of my grandfather, after whom I was named. He was a Lieutenant in the US Navy, captained the USS Napa in the Philippines, won the Navy Cross and then was held prisoner for over two years before being killed in the most gruesome of circumstances. This story has been 25 years in the making, and in November 2016, I released a documentary film and book, The Last Ring Home. It’s at once a moving love story and a magical mystery. It is also a deeply personal story. You can view the trailer below.
PBS aired the half-hour documentary in the US (WHYY and MPT) on November 11th; and the History Channel showed it in Australia and New Zealand (also on November 11). On May 27, 2017, the film will be airing again on national American public television. Watch this space!
Should you wish to sign up for an alert when the book and film will be released, you can do so directly here.
In the realm of news, the film has been selected by four film festivals and was awarded BEST FOREIGN FILM by the Charleston International Film Festival! I have been hosting a number of local screening events. See here if you’d like to attend one!