One of the highlights of the 2008 Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference was a screening of the stirring documentary The Way We Get By presented by the filmmakers, Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet.
Since then, the film–which looks at three people in Bangor, Maine, (Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet, and Jerry Mundy, above ) who greet American troops flying to and from Iraq and Afghanistan–has been screened in many places around the country. It had its premier at the South by Southwest Film Festival , where it won the Special Jury Award.
The film went on to take the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Atlanta, Little Rock, and Phoenix Film Festivals; the Greg Gund Memorial Award for Documentaries at the Cleveland International Film Festival; the Camden International Film Festival Audience Award; and Honorable Mention at Independent Film Festival in Boston. In addition, Maine Gov. John Baldacci presented Pullapilly and Gaudet with a special award for the film and community service.
There will be two special screenings on June 19 and 21 at the SilverDocs Film Festival at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. All three subjects of the film, along with, Gaudet and Pullapilly, will be there. The SilverDocs showings, Pullapilly told us, “will be special and extremely memorable.”