Salem Film Fest presents a special screening of THE GHOST ARMY on Thurs, Feb 4 at 8:15pm.
Director Rick Beyer will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening with updates on some of the veterans, he’ll speak about the tours he leads in Europe following in the steps of the ghost army, his new book and the Hollywood adaption of the film that is in the works! This film sold out twice at SFF 2013 and took home the Audience Award. The facebook event page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/139608759751081/
During World War II, a handpicked group of American GI’s undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable rubber tanks, sound trucks, and dazzling performance art to bluff the enemy again and again, often right along the front lines. Many of the men picked to carry out these dangerous deception missions were artists. Some went on to become famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass. In their spare time, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique and moving visual record of their war. Their secret mission was kept hushed up for nearly 50 years after the war’s end.