The Conscientious Objector
Why do this Documentary?
For 50 years, Hollywood has wanted to tell Desmond’s story.
However, he has declined, wanting to live out his twilight years in quiet with his wife on their small farm. Producer/Director Terry Benedict has had a lifelong goal of sharing his childhood hero’s story. With a promise to uphold the integrity of Desmond’s convictions, Terry has been entrusted by Desmond to share this important piece of history. His tale is one of the most remarkable, perhaps miraculous, occurrences of World War II.
A reluctant Conscientious Objector, Desmond was desperate to serve his country even though his beliefs would not allow him to kill another human being. Refusing the deferment offered to him, Desmond trained to become a combat medic. He developed a reputation as one of the most fearless medics in the battles of Guam, Leyte, and worst of all, Okinawa - Hell Hole of the Pacific.
Alienated and ridiculed, Desmond demonstrated extraordinary strength of character, conviction, and courage. This is astory of one man’s principles and personal integrity, who stood unyielding, in the midst of criticism and harassment, emerging as one of America’s greatest, and unlikeliest, heroes.
Documentary Synopsis: “The Conscientious Objector” will explore the nature of Desmond’s heroism and search out survivors of the 77th Infantry Division who were witness to Desmond’s actions as well as those rescued by him.With a cinematic approach that captures heart-warming and inspiring interviews with Desmond Doss, his family, and the few remaining Veterans, their stories reveal the untold sacrifices that Desmond made. For the first time in 56 years, they reunite with their humble medic on the very soil of his amazing story, the Maeda Escarpment in Okinawa, Japan.
ApproximateRunning Time: 90 minutes.
Technical Highlight: The first feature length documentary using Panasonic’s new VariCam Cinema™ High Definition camera.
Distribution: Theatrical exhibition for Academy Award consideration, film festivals, and Hi-Defnational broadcast on PBS/KCET which will air the film as a special presentation on significant national holidays such as Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day, or July 4th. Film and raw footage will be placed in the National Archives to preserve Desmond’s and the Veterans’ legacies.
Produced and Directed By: Terry Benedict’s 15-year background in the entertainment industry includes 7 years as an Assistant Director and Production Manager on various features and 3 years as a Production Supervisor. Pursuing a career in Directing, he went on to Write, Produce and Direct the Cabin Fever Entertainment film, “Painted Hero”, distributed by I.R.S. Releasing, which won “Best Indie Dramatic Feature”. Mr. Benedict has also directed live theater productions.