One key element of the Take Me Home Huey® project by artist Steve Maloney is the award-winning documentary film of the same name.
Produced by Los Angeles filmmakers Alicia H. Brauns and Christine N. Steele, the film documents contemporary artist Steve Maloney’s transformation of a Vietnam-era Medevac Huey Helicopter from a wounded war bird, shot down in combat in 1969, into a colorful sculpture with a mission to help veterans recover from Post-Traumatic Stress.
Like all veterans of war, Huey #67-17174 has a story to tell. Rescued from an Arizona boneyard by Dave Barron, founder of Light Horse Legacy, a non-profit organization supporting veterans, the wrecked fuselage of 174 is restored by volunteers. During restoration, Dave uncovers the history of Huey 174, and learns the names of surviving crew and two young soldiers killed during the shoot-down.
As the battered helicopter becomes whole, stories of Vietnam veterans and their families parallel the healing journey of Huey 174, and viewers begin to understand what veterans must face to find relief from trauma sustained during war.
When the surviving crew of 174 is finally reunited in front of Steve Maloney’s vivid artwork, their Huey is no longer a combat gunship or air ambulance, but has taken on a new life as an ambassador of healing, encouraging dialogue between surviving soldiers and their families working to heal old war wounds.
As executive producer, Steve Maloney retained a very active role in the filmmaking process and content selection, including conducting interviews with service members.
The film had its World Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2017 where it won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.
For the January 17th film review in The Hollywood Reporter, click Here
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® was pleased to have contractually engaged with PBS SoCal, Southern California’s primary PBS Station, to broadcast the film over the course of two years (2017-2019) on PBS SoCal and affiliated PBS stations nationwide. 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.
We are proud to announce that the PBS-version of the film has won an LA Emmy Award 2018 in the Arts Category and a Telly Award for TV Social Responsibility Programming 2018.
In 2019, Take Me Home Huey Film was selected to be the opening-night film at the San Diego GI Film Festival on September 24th 2019 at 7:00pm.
- Nominated for local film showcase, GI Film Festival 2019
- Take Me Home Huey film received LA Area Emmy Award 2018 in the Arts category
- Film was awarded Bronze Telly Award for TV Social Responsibility Programming 2018
- PBS SoCal version of the film was broadcasted nationwide on PBS affiliated stations from 2017-2019
- Proclamation of Take Me Home Huey Day, 12/02/2017 by Mayor of Palm Desert Jan Harnik
- Proclamation of Take Me Home Huey Day, 09/08/2017 by then Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval
- Film premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2017
- And film won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Congressional and gubernatorial recognition of the project by:
U.S Senator Dean Heller (NV),
U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV),
U.S. Congressman Mark E. Amodei (NV-02),
Special Welcome Ceremony by Bob Crowell, Mayor of Carson City, NV U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA 36th district), Palm Desert, CA Manuel Perez, Board of Supervisor, 4th district, County of Riverside.