...As If They Were Angels



Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 2:00 PM
Rafael 3 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 2:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sun, Oct 14, 2018 8:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Terry Strauss
Producer:Terry Strauss
Screenwriter:Terry Strauss
Cinematographer:Barry Schienberg
Editor:Lou Wirth
Cast:Peter Coyote
Print Source:Health
Education & Videotape Inc.
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Two months after Pearl Harbor and the US entry into World War II, a pair of destroyers escorted a supply ship through the treacherous North Atlantic to a base in Newfoundland. A nasty storm, combined with an officer’s reluctance to trust his experienced navigator and newfangled radar, ran two of the ships aground on the rocks of adjacent coves. More than 200 sailors on the Pollux and the Truxton lost their lives, but nearly as many were rescued by local miners and townspeople. Director Terry Strauss, whose father was one of the survivors, plumbs a trove of photographs, documents, drawings, and interviews to recount a moving story of sacrifice, endurance, and heroism. The film hits an emotional peak with footage of the 1988 reunion between the American survivors and the Canadian townspeople who saved and cared for them. Peter Coyote narrates this remarkable saga with a blend of tender empathy and palpable amazement.

Expected Guests: Director Terry Strauss; Cinematographer Barry Schienberg; Editor Lou Wirth; Crew Phoebe Wall Howard, Sasha White (All Screenings); Talent Peter Coyote (Oct. 11)

Sponsored By:

In association with Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco

Additional Information

Producer-director-writer Terry Strauss began her career in NYC, developing innovative criminal justice programs. She’s the co-creator, producer & director of the series Ultimate Restorations, airing on Public Television and streaming on Amazon. Previous work includes productions for Disney, PBS, Lifetime, and award-winning social issue shorts.