Festival Screenings & Awards This web site is dedicated to the memory of Col. William C. Maus, Jr. (1928 - 1998)
Photo above left: Don and Annette Hall with a group of winners at the festival awards ceremony. Photo above right: Don and Annette in front of the historic Buchanan Theatre, which was one of the screening locations for the festival. Photo left: Don and Annette Hall with Joe Banner, an F51st LRS veteran, at the first showing of SILENT VICTORY at the Vision Film Festival.
ROANOKE, VA, and Buchanan, VA. SILENT VICTORY screened at the 2005 Vision Film Festival.
This   is   the   last   film   festival   into   which   SILENT   VICTORY    will   be   entered,   and   it   was   a poignant   moment   for   both   Don   and   Annette   Hall.   Roanoke,   VA,   is   where   they   met   in the   8th   grade,   fell   in   love,   and   married   in   1968   upon   Don’s   return   from   Vietnam.   They feel   that   presenting   SILENT   VICTORY    to   a   Southwest   Virginia   audience   in   its   last showing at a film festival brought their project full circle. SILENT   VICTORY    was   shown   three   times   at   the   film   festival,   which   was   sponsored   by the   Southwest   Virginia   Film   Office.   SILENT   VICTORY    won   the   Audience   Choice Award   and   the   Award   for   Best   Editing .   The   first   screening   was   at   the   Valley   View Grande    16    in    Roanoke,    and    the    other    two    were    at    the    newly    restored    Buchanan Theatre in Buchanan, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The screening was held at the Wente Vineyards wine-tasting room. The fragrant smell of wine fermenting in huge oak barrels, and the chilled air provided a unique environment in which to view the documentary. The audience walked out of the warm California sun into the large darkened wine cellar to see a documentary that moved many to tears. Jerry Berrows and Robert Gonzaga, two men who served in F/51st LRP, came to the screening, and were introduced to the audience by executive producer Don Hall. They were greeted with applause and appreciative comments. Afterward, Don and Annette answered the many questions the audience had about SILENT VICTORY.
LIVERMORE, CA SILENT VICTORY screened at the 2004 California Independent Film Festival.
Photo above left: L to R:Jerry Berrows, Don Hall, Robert Gonzaga Photo above right: The wine cellar at one of the vineyards, where screenings were held.
The screening was held at the Studio Movie Grill, a unique movie theater that offered the audience good food served to them while they watch a movie. Comfortable chairs, great service, and wonderful films made the festival experience a memorable one. SILENT VICTORY screened to a full house. Many of the people who saw the documentary said it was one of the most powerful and moving documentaries they had ever seen. There were quite a few tears flowing as the lights came up. The Q&A lasted until we were forced to stop because it was time for the next film to begin. Don and Annette sold every book and VHS tape they brought with them as a result of the positive response to the documentary.
DALLAS, TX. SILENT VICTORY screened at the 2004 American Film Renaissance Film Festival.
Photo above left: L to R: Movie critic and talk-show host, Michael Medved, with Vietnam veterans Don Hall, Gary Heeter, and Rick Jones at the AFR festival. Gary and Rick are both Purple Heart recipients. Photo above right: Annette and Don Hall.
SEDONA, AZ. SILENT VICTORY screened by special invitation at the 2003 Sedona International Film Festival The final version of SILENT VICTORY, which was finished in early March 2003, was shown at this festival by special invitation from the festival organizers. Though the attendance at the screening was lower than expected due to an unseasonable snowfall the night of the screening, the audience said the documentary was excellent, and extremely timely. Quite a few people commented that this film should be shown in high schools. The festival organizers said that SILENT VICTORY was the best documentary they had ever seen. One said that she was riveted to her seat the entire time she watched it. Because the audience reaction to the documentary was so positive, Don Hall, Annette Hall, and producer/director Virginia Hashii were invited to participate on the Filmmaker Panel as speakers.
Photo above left: Annette and Don Hall, Executive Producers, the day of the screening of SILENT VICTORY at the Sedona International Film Festival. Photo above right: The day after the screening of SILENT VICTORY. L to R: Maurice Arnold* (F/51st), Gini Hashii, Don Hall (F/51st), Mary and Robert Gonzaga (F/51st), Annette Hall, Irene and Pasqual Ramirez (199th LIB), Joel (195th AHC) and Rose McDaniel. *Maurice Arnold passed away on October 13, 2004
Prior   to   the   world   premiere   of   the   final   edit   of   SILENT   VICTORY   at   the   2003   Sedona   International   Film Festival, the rough cut was submitted to several competitions and festivals. It won three awards: 2001 Telluride Independent Film Festival – Documentary Winner The Festival previewers gave high marks to the documentary: "I gave SILENT VICTORY a 10+! It is one of the best documentaries...presented at Telluride IndieFest!" Comments from the audience at the Telluride Indiefest: "A very moving and inspirational documentary. I really enjoyed it a lot!" "What I like about good documentaries is that they provide us insights on subject matter that we (the public) are often unaware about - and SILENT VICTORY was very well done, and very enlightening!"
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