“We were depending on considerable assistance from the insurrectionists in France. Throughout France the Free French had been of inestimable value in the campaign.

Without their great assistance the liberation of France and the defeat of the enemy in Western Europe would have consumed a much longer time and meant greater losses to ourselves.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

Logline

On June 5th, 1944, in Ste. Marie du Mont, Normandy, five-year-old Danielle Patrix fell asleep to the familiar sounds of German jackboots marching on her cobblestone street. When she woke up, she heard an unfamiliar rumbling. American tanks, arriving from Utah Beach, rolled past her front door announcing liberation from Germany. Soldiers stopped at her door and gave her gifts of gum, chocolate, and candy. On that day, June 6th, 1944, they also gave Danielle and Ste. Marie du Mont freedom.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom tells the story of D-Day and it’s legacy told by those who lived it and those who continue to honor its lasting impact through celebrations of remembrance and gratitude.

Synopsis

When Christian Taylor followed her son, Sgt. Hunter Taylor of the US Army 101st Airborne Division to annual D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, France she felt as if she landed in the middle of the most patriotic, flag-waving, Main Street America, Fourth of July parade. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people — mostly French and many dressed as civilians or GIs from the 1940s — filled the streets. They crowded around modern-day American soldiers and WWII veterans who had been part of the D-Day liberation of Normandy. When a French woman
expressed gratitude for Sgt. Taylor’s service and asked for a photograph, his proud mother asked “What and why is this happening?”

Luckily, Christian had asked, Danielle Patrix, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, a childhood survivor of D-Day. Danielle introduced Christian to other survivors and families of survivors, who shared personal stories, memories, and artifacts of the occupation and liberation that are passed down through generations. Their stories underscore both the damage caused by tyranny and the true meaning of freedom. Their efforts to keep the memories alive, through yearly D-Day celebrations and personal relationships, illustrate the transformative power of love and gratitude, for citizen and soldier alike.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom reminds Americans and the world of how America is perceived when she is at her best. When she values people over politics; seeks to right wrongs of injustice; and sacrifices, when necessary, so others might be free. The film is a timely reminder to do as the French say, “Never forget.” Never forget what we can be when we are true to our values.

Structure

Our story begins in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. We follow soldiers from the 101st Airborne as they join other units from the United States Army in Normandy, France to participate in the 74th annual D-Day commemorations. We watch the young soldiers from Ft. Campbell as they are visibly moved meeting with Normans, like Dany Patrix Boucherie, who survived the German occupation and experienced the freedom of the Allied liberation, and meeting the WWII veterans who liberated Normandy. We learn, along with these soldiers, new things about WWII from the French perspective. We watch them put fingers in bullet-holed walls and pass by blood stained pews. We see the love of the French toward Americans as they are stopped to pose for photos and sign autographs, and as they are cheered as they march in parades. We witness reenactments of historical events performed by the French and hear the French tell personal stories of the occupation and liberation.

ACT I – Occupation
ACT II – Anticipation, Landing & Liberation
ACT III – Reflection & Remembrance

Style & Format

This docu-drama will implement re-enactments to complement the heroic stories of the survivors and veterans of the occupation and the time leading up to the invasion and liberation of Normandy.

The visuals of the interviews will consist of dramatic backdrops, as in the interviews in HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” museum locations, homes and on-location scenes consisting of beaches, battle locations and memorials. The decision will be based on the context of the interviews.

To bring honor and respect to this story, the best production equipment will be used. Our team will document the imagery utilizing:

  • 3 Camera  and Audio Teams
  • 3 Sony 4K CineAlta Cinema Cameras
  • Aerial Drone Footage
  • Carl Zeiss Cinema Lenses
  • GoPro or Action Cameras for parachute jumps
  • Professional Audio Equipment
  • Original Music Scoring
  • Dramatic Color Grading and Correction.

For final format we plan on a 4K 2.35 cinematic ratio for the greatest emotional and theatrical effect.

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