Film

“Salutary reminder of the healing power of art”
– Hollywood Reporter, 2017

The Take Me Home Huey film portrays the journey of a shattered helicopter into a colorful artwork for healing.
Showing the transformation by artist Steve Maloney from a wounded war bird, into a colorful sculpture.

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.

Steve Maloney on the Huey
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Production

To produce the documentary Steve commissioned experienced filmmakers Alicia H. Brauns and Christine N. Steele to take the lead in writing, producing, directing and editing the film. It took about two and a half years to finish the film which was filmed in six different locations (Glendale AZ, Palm Springs CA, Rancho Santa Fe CA, Burbank CA, Peoria AZ , Washington DC). As executive producer, Steve retained a very active role in the filmmaking process and content selection, including conducting interviews with many veterans.

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.

The team behind Take Me Home Huey® was pleased to have broadcasted the film with PBS SoCal, Southern California’s primary PBS Station, and with affiliated 357 public television stations throughout 2017 and 2018. 

We are proud to announce that the PBS-version of the film won an LA Emmy Award 2018 in the Arts Category and a Telly Award for TV Social Responsibility Programming 2018.

In 2019, the Take Me Home Huey Film was selected to be the opening-night film and nominated for the local showcase at the San Diego GI Film Festival, the only military film festival.

Accomplishments

The PBS-version of the film Take Me Home Huey® has won an LA Emmy Award 2018 in the Arts Category and a Telly Award for TV Social Responsibility Programming 2018.

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