There will be two screenings of the Vietnam War documentary, Bill’s Thud , on Sunday, January 6, at 5:00 p.m., and on Monday, January 7, at 7:45 p.m., at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. The doc, directed by Leo Evans and produced by Clark Wiens, centers on Wiens’s brother-in-law, Bill Pachura, a former USAF F-105 Thunderchief (aka “Thud”) pilot, and Clark Wiens’s promise to track down Pachura’s old plane and bring it to him in Illinois.
Adding drama is the fact that Pachura, who flew 129 combat missions in Vietnam, was in extremely poor health when Wiens set out on what turned out to be a multi-year quest.
As the film tracks Wiens’s odyssey to honor his brother-in-law, and bring the plane to Illinois, it also pays tribute to all veterans of the Vietnam War. “I now realize this isn’t about Bill, his plane or me, ” Wiens says. “It’s about a lot more than that. It’s about the Vietnam vets. It’s about all of them. All of the Vietnam veterans.”