One key element of the Take Me Home Huey sculptural installation by artist Steve Maloney is a documentary film of the same name. The film won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2017, where it had its World Premiere.
For the January 17th film review in The Hollywood Reporter, click Here
Produced by the artist with filmmakers Alicia H. Brauns and Christine N. Steele, the 70 minute-long film documents the role played by Huey helicopters during the Vietnam War, as told by pilots, mechanics and helicopter crew members. Maloney retained a very active role in the filmmaking process and content selection, including conducting interviews with service members.
Combining contemporary and historical footage, the film portrays the journey of one particular Huey – #174 – from Medevac helicopter shot down during the conflict to its resurrection and transformation into the colorful centerpiece of Maloney’s mixed media sculpture. During the helicopter’s restoration by Light Horse Legacy (LHL), a nonprofit and USA Vietnam War Commemorative Partner focused on aiding veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Dave Barron, co-founder discovers the history of the helicopter and locates the surviving crew. As the iconic Huey 174 morphs from wounded war bird into vivid sculpture, viewers of the documentary witness the power of art to heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen.
There is no greater desire for active duty soldiers than to complete their tour honorably and return home safely. Soldiers relied on the Huey to carry them home. Vietnam veterans share a common feeling of relief when they hear the phrase “Take Me Home Huey.” The film reflects and, most importantly, respects that sentiment.
The team behind Take Me Home Huey is pleased to have contractually engaged with PBS SoCal, Southern California’s primary PBS Station, to broadcast the film and be the presenting station for the national distribution to 357 public television stations. PBS SoCal’s position as a leader in the world of public broadcasting and its Vietnam initiative provides us with the best suited television platform.
We have a PBS website link that shows our trailer, information and photos. To find out all our air dates on PBS and affiliated stations, please visit pbssocal.org and then click on “View Broadcast Times Around the Country.”