Southwest documentarians film in history festival

Linden Hills’ Maxine Davis submitted a winning film last year

LINDEN HILLS — A short film by Southwest documentarian Maxine Davis will screen Sunday, Oct. 21 as a part of the 2007 Moving Pictures Film Festival sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society.

All festival entries are 10 minutes or less and explore the lives of Minnesota’s “Greatest Generation” — those born between 1910 and 1929 who came of age during the Depression and World War II. The short films will run in 60-minute blocks with introductions by the filmmakers 12 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul.

The subject of Davis’ film, “We Never Talked About It,” is Stan Bachman of the Bachman’s Floral family. Bachman, who joined the armed forces during World War II, was one of the first Americans to view Nagasaki after the Japanese city was devastated by an atomic bomb blast.

“For 60 years, almost, he had never told his sons about this,” Davis said.

Davis’s entry in the 2006 festival, “A Good Doctor,” won an award for “Best Exploration of an Intergenerational Legacy.”

She didn’t intend to enter the festival this year, but was producing a family history documentary for the Bachmans when she learned of Stan Bachman’s story. Davis rushed to complete the film before the festival’s September deadline.

The Linden Hills resident produces video biographies through her company, Every Life is a Story.

Five winning films from the festival will be selected for a second screening 7 p.m.–9 p.m. at Riverview Theatre, 3800 42nd Ave. S. The five films will split $10,500 in cash prizes, including $5,000 for the first-place entry.

For more information and a schedule for screenings Sunday at the Minnesota History Center, visit www.mnhs.org/mggfilm or call (651) 259-3000. Festival admission is $8 for adults or free for historical society members.