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The SixTripleEight
United States, 72 min., Color, English
Just when you thought every American story about World War II had been told, along comes the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion (The SixTripleEight), the only all-black female unit to serve in Europe during the war. Led by the highest-ranking black female in the Army, they faced racism, sexism, and the Nazis.The documentary includes interviews with the surviving seven members of the 855 women of the SixTripleEight. Their mission was to clear the backlog of mail stuck in warehouses in Birmingham, England and Rouen, France. They completed this enormous task in six months distributing over 17 million pieces of mail. Their story was hidden in American military history until now. On November 30, 2018, a monument was dedicated in their honor at Buffalo Soldier Park, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. On February 20, 2019, the Secretary of the Army approved the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion for the period of service March 4, 1945 to March 30, 1946. On February 28, 2019, Sen. Jerry Moran submitted legislation, the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, for the unit to receive the nation's highest civilian award. On May 19, 2019, US Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson dedicated a plaque to the women at King Edward's School in Birmingham, England where the women were stationed in 1945. On May 27, 2019, three women of the SixTripleEight, Maybelle Campbell, Delores L. Ruddock, and Indiana Hunt Martin, served as Grand Marshals of Washington D.C. Memorial Day parade. The film screened to enthusiastic audiences throughout the UK, May 13-17, 2019. Birmingham, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, and Glasgow as guests of the US Ambassador in London, England.
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James William Theres

Director Bio
James William Theres is an award-winning Executive Writer at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C., and an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He has received 10 national awards for speech writing, feature writing, event planning and media affairs and numerous awards for his films to include Best Documentary Feature for The Hello Girls at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and People's Choice Award at the Beloit International Film Festival. He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an MA in History from Jackson State University. His first film, The 30th of May was based on his graduate research project of the same name. The paper received the prestigious Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander Award at the 10th Annual Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State University. The documentary received 10 awards and appeared on Mississippi Public Television in May 2017. His second documentary, The Hello Girls, tells the relatively unknown story of 223 American women who were recruited, trained, and sent overseas to serve as telephone operators. They wore Army uniforms and swore Army oaths. They served at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The last of the women returned home only to be told they weren’t soldiers after all. For 60 years, they fought the U.S. government and finally received their recognition as soldiers and Veterans in 1977. Only 33 were still alive. The Hello Girls has screened at the National Archives in Washington D.C., the World War I Museum in Kansas City, and General Pershing’s former headquarters in Chaumont, France on November 11, 2018, 100 years after the end of the war. James is currently in production of the Sixth Triple Eight: No Mail, Low Morale about the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during World War II. In March 2019, James received a "Special Recognition Award" from the US Army Women's Foundation for The Hello Girls documentary In June 2019, James received the 2019 Media and Entertainment Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at their National Defense Night Ceremony of their 128th DAR Continental Congress on Saturday, June 29 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. Past recipients include Lynn Novick, Director, The Vietnam War with Ken Burns, the Broadway musical Hamilton, the AMC series TURN: Washington's Spies, and the mini-series John Adams produced by HBO Films. Some amazing company to be in for sure, but our Hello Girls deserve it