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NOV 2014

Kickstarting History x Eleven

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When filmmaker / photographer George Retelas discovered his grandfather’s WWII journal, it changed his life forever. Coincidentally, Retelas is named after his papou, who was a well-known photographer in the SF Bay Area, documenting everything from Greek weddings to social events for decades. Retelas conceived the idea for a documentary and set out to raise $10,000 via the online vehicle Kickstarter.

Kickstarter offers a way to fund independently creative projects. Together, creators and backers make projects happen. A goal and time line are established, levels of participation are offered, and you’re off and running. The only catch is that in order to be funded, you must meet your goal. Retelas not only met his goal, but exceeded it, raising $13,782.

“That discovery led me on a cross-country journey in search of the last surviving members of Carrier Air Group 11,” says Retelas on page 4. The documentary “Eleven” was born and its story took on a life of its own. Carrier Air Group 11 flew from the USS Hornet CV-12 during WWII and that is exactly where the premier of this film will take place on Veterans Day, November 11 – a fitting finale that would make Papou George proud.

In honor of Veterans Day, the HJ salutes our veterans and offers thanks for their devoted service.




Special Veterans Day Events November 11 onboard the USS Hornet: Remembering Air Group 11

Hornet Unveils WWII Carrier Air Group 11 Exhibit followed by an evening reception and premier screening of the documentary “Eleven” with special guest director George Retelas and Air Group 11 veterans

The USS Hornet Museum will host a special Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Tues., November 11 with two notable events: the annual Memorial Service with commemorative wreath-commitment; and activities honoring Carrier Air Group 11, one of the heroic air groups that flew from the USS Hornet CV-12 during WWII. This includes an evening premier screening of the documentary “Eleven” – a moving and fascinating new film about surviving Air Group 11 members, directed by Bay Area native George Retelas. The public is invited to attend and participate in all activities.

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