by Mike Lawson
Director and Producer Mindy Pomper and her documentary on women and their roles in World War II are coming to the University of La Verne on Thursday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. in Founders Hall.
Pomper will show approximately 30 minutes of her award-winning film titled, “Free a Man to Fight!: Women Soldiers of World War II,” followed by a discussion about the unfamiliar history of women’s roles in World War II.
The movie was nominated for the John O’Conner Film Award, and it received the Gold Award in Documentary at the Houston Film Festival.
This event, which comes at the end of women’s history month, is sponsored by the Voices of Independent Educated Women (VIEW) and the Associated Student Federation (ASF) Forum. After the screening, Pomper plans on discussing how and why the movie was made.
She has more than 15 years experience in the entertainment industry. She has worked with many mainstream studios including TriStar, Paramount Pictures and Disney.
Her documentary experience includes behind the scenes work on the Discovery Channel’s “The Glass Jungle,” and the History Channel’s series “Secrets of War.”
Vice President of VIEW, Vickie Creekmur, a sophomore, said that the movie parallels VIEW’s objectives.
“We both want to show how women have grown and what places they’ve taken in history and the roles we’ve played,” she said.
Creekmur also said that “Pomper will bring an expertise on filmmaking to ULV.”
Pomper said that her film was made to inspire. She wants people to look at elderly women and know that they could possibly be war veterans.
She said, “Hopefully my film will provide good strong role models for young women.”
The film features rarely-seen footage and interviews of women who served in various capacities in all four branches of the military during World War II.
Pomper said that her film is about “a very unknown part of history that I wanted to share with people.”
She said, “Women weren’t just Rosie the Riveter, they were allowed in the military, too.” Women were cooks, code breakers, auto and aviation mechanics and flight instructors.
“I saw the whole movie when I took the ‘Hollywood in La Verne’ class,” said sophomore VIEW member Ross Mathews, “and it will help people become aware of women in the war and today.”
If students miss the screening of the film on March 23, the movie will be played on the History Channel on Friday, March 24 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 at 3 a.m.