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Kevyn SettleBy Kevyn Settle
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Kevyn SettleBy Kevyn Settle
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About

Four years, two trips, and more than fifty days on location in Viet Nam, we are now in a position to produce this documentary film. On this third and final phase, we will return to Viet Nam bringing the four Grubb brothers there for the first time; joining the two parties together. 

With your help. Thank you,
Kevyn & Mike - 

Meet the Producers

Watch a short video from the producers and learn more about what the past four years has been like developing this project and the human experience that is to come in Viet Nam with Grubb family visiting and meeting the other side.

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The Story...

In January 1966, an elite North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun unit shoots down an American reconnaissance plane, and tracks and captures the pilot, USAF Col. Wilmer Grubb. He is held alive and unharmed until the next morning when higher authorities come and take custody of him.

50 years later, Du Pham, a commissioned officer in that North Vietnamese unit, visits the United States to reconnect with his estranged brother whom he fought against during the Vietnam-American war. Du Pham hadn’t seen his brother since the brother’s 1985 release after spending 10 years in a political re-education camp. Du Pham also wishes to visit with Col. Grubb, but while in the USA, he learns that Col. Grubb died in captivity and never made it home to his wife and four sons.

As Du Pham discusses this with his former unit members and friends, they become compelled to investigate further. Du Pham, a history teacher by profession, takes action revisiting the location in central Viet Nam where the plane was shot down. He and six other members of his unit meet with those directly involved and recall together the events pertaining to Col. Grubb’s capture and custody at the time. They begin to doubt the authenticity of a well-known and widely published photo showing Col. Grubb with a Vietnamese nurse treating his knee. This photo is purported to be taken just moments after his capture. In fact, that same photo serves as an iconic image for his Army group's annual directory and reunion. The photo is also part of a large outdoor mural in the nearby village.

Recognizing the parallels between his own family’s struggles and those of Col. Grubb’s family, Du Pham realizes first hand the importance of lasting information for loved ones and how sharing can be a pathway to healing.

Du Pham writes a letter to the Grubb family making himself available to provide any information, and invites the four Grubb sons -- Jeff, Roland, Stephen, and Roy -- to visit Viet Nam in order to walk in their father’s footsteps with those who were involved with the events of that that day in 1966.

Upon receiving Du Pham’s letter, the four Grubb sons begin to accept the fact that the information void which has weighed on them throughout the past 50 years is being thrust to the forefront of their present day lives. It dredges up the pains from the past. It does, however, offer an insight into a period of their lives that has always been a mystery. Both parties feel that if they can find a way for the two families to deal with one another, so can the peoples of the two countries.

The four Grubb sons accept Du Pham’s invitation and will to visit him in Viet Nam in April 2015.

The family left wondering...


Not everybody came home.   Operation Homecoming was an important event for many American families.   In this video, listen to the Grubb sons share their experience from that time.

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The flag...


The former enemy...


The pursuit of information...

Du Pham's interest in learning more about his former enemy led him to Arlington National Cemetery.  It wasn't the end of his journey but the point of starting something far larger.   In this video, listen to how Mike, Executive Producer, was thrust into this journey with Du Pham.

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Please help us raise the necessary funds to cover expenses related to bringing the Grubb sons to Viet Nam and to continue our videography toward producing this documentary.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Thank you,
Kevyn and Mike

The Production Team

Michael Chiplock, Executive Producer, Writer
Kevyn Settle, Executive Producer, Director, Writer
Shirine Hossaini, Co-Producer
Rachel Miner, Associate Producer

The Production Budget

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is the funding amount. We have a large travel expense component to our budget and as of now, we view that as a fixed cost. We want to provide all expenses for the Grubb family and bring sufficient crew to produce this documentary.

We have years of experience with motion video and documentary production and are confident that we will overcome any obstacles we are facing from a production experience perspective. We have worked abroad not only on this but other projects, as well, including some others based in Asia.

We will work hard to communicate effectively to our backer audience as challenges become realities.

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    With $10.00, you will get updates regarding the film and be listed in the “Our Backers” section of credits during all screenings and showings.

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    With $75.00, you get an autographed picture from Viet Nam. We will send you a photograph from one of the locations signed by all participating producers and the four Grubb sons.

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    With $150.00, you get a personalized autographed book, “You Are Not Forgotten” by Carol Jose, co-author. The book is Evelyn Grubb's autobiography that's co-authored by Carol. The book will also contain a personalized signature and message by one of the four Grubb sons.

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    With $250.00, you get a personalized autographed DVD of the finished film and video extras to include a 10-minute video journey of the landscape and sights of our experience in Viet Nam. We will send you a personalized postcard from Viet Nam while on our trip.

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    With $500, you get a chance to become part of the creative embodiment of the total finished experience. Aside from the finished film, our website and social media site(s) will include oral history videos of all involved in the Pham-Grubb families’ experience. If you are a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran and want to share your experience from that time or how it relates to your life now, we’ll video you (via Skype or at location) and it will become part of the archival oral history for Fruits of Peace.

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    With $1000, you get a personalized canvas director’s chair with the seat back printed with the film’s title and your name, delivered to you. And/or you can visit us on set during our States side production dates (dates, TBA) of interviews and locations and watch it/them sitting in your personalized chair (travel and accommodations not included).

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    With $10,000, you get a Contributing Producer credit plus 4 tickets to the world premiere screening and all previous pledge items. You can visit us in Viet Nam in the spring of 2015 with us, or, if you prefer another location in Viet Nam, we will travel there and create a personal video experience for you.

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Funding period

- (45 days)