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Film crew visits ITOW museum; exhibits could be part of new documentary

The ITOW Veterans Museum has been selected as one of the locations for the filming of "WWII: Finding the Face of Compassion."

This documentary is being produced and directed by Stephanie Manesis, with Jim Ledoux as director of photography.  The crew was in Perham recently to shoot scenes at the museum. 

Although it's too early to know what will be in the finished documentary, the camera spent quite a bit of time with the Prisoner of War exhibit. This exhibit features the extraordinary story of Anton Cichy, a survivor of the Bataan death march as well as the sinking of the Japanese prison ship, the Arisan Maru. 

The team also recorded the Coming Home exhibit, a mini-documentary produced for ITOW that features WWII veterans. 

Manesis and Ledoux are producing their own 90-minute documentary for distribution in independent theatres.  This international film will feature compelling, first-person experiences by WWII veterans that vividly illustrate unexpected and inexplicable acts of compassion. 

Manesis has her own advertising agency and 20 years of experience marketing brands and companies around the world.  She has created and directed art for advertising campaigns for clients across the U.S., including Rolodex, Radisson Seven Seas and Saturday Evening Post. 

Ledoux is a graduate in Film Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia. For four years he directed live studio television in New York City as the director/studio manager of Financial News Network and CNBC Wall Street Facilities. As a freelance director of photography, his recent projects have included a series of short documentaries for Microsoft and principal photography for HGTV's series, "My First Place."