NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2021

The Donut Dollies & Mochitsuki

Expired August 24, 2020 3:00 PM
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The Donut Dollies takes us back to 1968, when two best friends joined an elite team and flew into a war zone wearing powder blue dresses. They were Red Cross Donut Dollies. These idealistic young women embraced their mission - to cheer up battle-worn GIs on the frontlines of the Vietnam War - with energy, creativity, compassion and resolve, but had no idea what they were getting into. 46 years later, they reunite in Vietnam to retrace their steps; ask why they went; ask whether they made a difference; unlock buried memories and share their stories for the first time.


Director's Bio: Norm Anderson was born and raised in the New England woods without running water, electricity or television. Norm now has all three, and has even been on TV – doing so well on Wheel of Fortune that Pat Sajak proclaimed, “Norm is living proof that electricity is way overrated.” Norm is the creator of the Nat Geo Wild show, "Prairie Dog Manor," and is also a daytime Emmy nominated co-executive producer, writer and documentary filmmaker with credits on a wide variety of shows and networks – from Discovery’s Shark Week to shows on Spike, Style, E!, CNBC, the CW and VH1, among others. While earning a filmmaking MFA from USC, Norm focused on screenwriting and documentary filmmaking and was mentored by Academy Award winning documentarian Mark Harris. Since then, documentary filmmaking projects have brought him to Vietnam, Cambodia, Malawi, Ghana, Europe, Peru and all over the States. Norm has been a finalist for the Sundance and Film Independent screenwriting labs with his feature script, Of Chameleons and Gods, and was also the recipient of a prestigious Sloan writing fellowship. Prior to USC, Norm attended Williams College, studying Music and German then spent a year teaching English in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Grant.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    87 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Connecticut Premiere
  • Director
    Norm Anderson
  • Producer
    Jess Hill, Terence Hill, Jim Gardner