Michael Edwards has 18 years’ experience in producing and directing documentaries and corporate media around the world. He has won nine EMMY Awards, four ADDY Awards, and two TELLY Awards. His company has won 15 EMMY awards for their work. As a Director he has completed projects for some of the world’s most recognized companies including Acura, American Express, Canon, Ford, Google, Intel, Nortel, Panasonic, PEPSI, Sony, Wal-Mart and Warner Brothers. His documentary topics have included education, global health, youth culture and special needs children. “We Hold These Truths”, “Let Their Light Shine” and “Yellow Roses” are current examples of his sensitive and powerful storytelling skills.
Where are you from and what is your film background?
Columbus, Ohio. The background of the film is that it is one of the greatest untold love stories and unsolved mystery’s ’of WW-II. Our film’s main character appeared in the HBO minis-series “Band of Brothers” as “Anna the Nurse from the Congo”, but was mis-named by Steven Ambrose when he wrote the book the series was based on. Martin King, a military historian, spent 4 years of his life trying got unravel the mystery of who “Anna” was. Her real name was actually Augusta Chiwy and she, along with American GI doctor Jack Prior risked their lives for American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge and had an enduring relationship for over 60 years after the war. Because of Augusta’s race, her story was never told or remembered by the history books and almost was lost to history forever. Until now.
Who are your biggest influences in film and why?
The biggest influence in this film is the undying dedication theta military historian and author Martin King had in bringing this story back from the forgotten pages of history.
What was the hardest part about getting this film made?
The hardest part of making the film was to produce a feature length documentary in the span of 5 months as it was requested to Premiere in Bastogne, Belgium by Bastogne Mayor Benoit Lutgen for the dedication of the Mardason Hill Memorial Museum on March 21, 2014. Filming began in October 2013. There are over 75 special effects shots that had to be accomplished, an original score and over 435 pen and ink drawings that needed to be made to bring the visuals to life
What do you want viewers to take away with them after watching your film?
What I would love viewers to take away is that this story demonstrates the best of the human spirit and we can all learn from the sacrifice show in this story. If we ware faced with the same circumstances, I would hope we would choose the same pathway that our main characters did for our fellow man.
What is a fun fact about you that would surprise people?
A fun fact about me that would surprise people is I thought I wanted to be a professional golfer for a living. That never worked out though.
Forgotten Angel, directed by Michael Edwards, is playing at Angelika on May 22. Click here for tickets.