THE COLD BLUE
In 1943, William Wyler, one of Hollywood’s most renowned and versatile directors, went to Europe to document the Air War in progress. Incredibly, all of the raw color footage Wyler shot for the Memphis Belle was recently discovered deep in the vaults of the National Archives, and a new film has been constructed out of the material. THE COLD BLUE is a meditation on youth, war and trauma, and stands as a tribute to one of the world’s great filmmakers, and the men of the 8th Air Force, who flew mission after suicidal mission in World War II. Nine of the very few surviving veterans were interviewed in the summer of 2017, and their voices take us through the harrowing world that Wyler and his cameramen captured in the summer of 1943.
Followed by a screening of THE MEMPHIS BELLE: A STORY OF A FLYING FORTRESS
In 2017, Erik Nelson produced and directed A&E’s feature documentary A GRAY STATE. Nelson has produced Werner Herzog’s GRIZZLY MAN, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (AFI FEST 2011) and INTO THE ABYSS. Nelson also directed and produced the 2008 feature documentary DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH and the 2012 animated feature DINOTASIA.