A locally produced documentary film entitled An American Solo will premiere at 3S Artspace on Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00pm. All proceeds from the event will benefit Veterans Counts, a division of Easterseals NH. The film was recently named an Official Selection of the Normandie-WWII International Film Festival and will be screened as part of the festival in Bayeux, France, on June 3rd.
An American Solo chronicles the fascinating life of Stratham, NH, resident Col. Norman Phillips (USAF ret.). Norm grew up as a parentless child in a small, Massachusetts mill town, and went on to become a highly decorated WWII fighter pilot with 99 combat missions to his credit.
During the Cold War, Norm commanded the US Air Force’s elite 22nd Squadron in Germany – America’s first fighter squadron armed with nuclear weapons. Among the pilots he mentored in that group were future astronauts Ed White and Buzz Aldrin, award-winning novelist James Salter, and Pete Peterson, a six-year prisoner in the “Hanoi Hilton” who became the United States’ first post-war Ambassador to Vietnam.
After barely surviving a dramatic rescue, Norm retired from the Air Force and enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned his BFA and MFA in Art. Now a vigorous 95-year-old, Norm is a published author who is currently
working on his second novel. Having witnessed a significant portion of the 20th century from 12,000 feet, Norm is one of the last clear voices of a generation.
An American Solo is a "labor of love” by two first-time filmmakers, Bob Bear and Jay MacNamee, both are residents of Rye. Tickets to An American Solo are $25 and 100% of proceeds will go to Veterans Count. For tickets and more information visit 3Sarts.org/theater-performances/indie-film
, or visit VetsCount.org/nh/events/an-american-solo
Veterans Count is a 501(c)3 non -profit organization whose mission is to support veterans, active service members and their families to ensure that they thrive in their communities. Learn more at VetsCount.org