Arbor Ridge Coffee and Culture Event : Ed Fitchett
Ed Fitchett with his historic color movies will be at Arbor Ridge Coffee & Culture event – Tuesday August 21 starting at 1:30. This is a free event and open to the public.
During 1945-1946, Edwin Fitchett served in the Pacific Theater as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army 165th Field Artillery Battalion. While overseas, he documented the places he visited filming with his Kodak color 16mm movie camera. Little did he realize, sixty-five years later his color film would be a valuable record of the aftermath of the Pacific War. Fitchett has edited and transferred his historic movies to DVD with music and sound effects. Copies of the DVD will be available to purchase on August 21 at Arbor Ridge with Ed to autograph and offer personal information. Call 845-871-1303 for reservations.
Fitchett was the commander of a POW Camp with a thousand Japanese and Taiwanese prisoners. He documented their lives with his movie camera, including work details, camp life and social events. The Japanese prisoners even built a miniature Mount Fuji, and made him curious about their country and culture. During free time, Fitchett explored Manila, Corregidor Island, Bataan and even attended Philippine Independence ceremonies, filming up close with General MacArthur and President Roxas. Also, he accompanied prisoners being repatriated to Taiwan, Korea and Japan. In Tokyo, Fitchett recorded the rebuilding, bomb damage, MacArthur’s Headquarters and other famous sites.
His website with more of the story is www.fitchettfilm.com