"A Small Town, An Immigrant's Son, and the Photo That Keeps One WWII Soldier's Memory Alive"

In 1941, Theodore Herrmann, the son of German immigrants, left the small town of Ravena, New York to help defeat fascism. After three years of grueling combat, his likeness would be seen by thousands of Americans, when an Associated Press photo depicting Herrmann made rounds through hundreds of newspapers across the country. It captured the spirit of the fighting soldier, the tenacity of a nation, and the conviction behind the global fight for freedom.

It also served as a final glimpse of Herrmann in the waning months of his life.

"Herrmann" chronicles the young man's life, his sacrifice for his parents' dream, and the long-lost photograph that reignites his legacy after three-quarters of a century.

  • Zachary Clouse
  • Zachary Clouse
  • Sean Letourneau
    Key Cast
    "Theodore Herrmann"
  • Manon Hollander
    Key Cast
    "Lucy Willems"
  • Peter Ferrand
    Key Cast
    "VA Newspaper"
  • Dan Tencer
    Key Cast
    "Radio Reporter"
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  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Siena College
  • Siena College - Academic Showcase
    Loudonville, New York
    United States
    May 14, 2021
  • Catskill International Film Festival
    Catskill, NY
    United States
    May 22, 2021
    Audience Choice - Best Picture & Best Documentary
  • London Shorts Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 30, 2021
    European Premiere
    Nominee - Best Documentary Short
Director Biography - Zachary Clouse

Zachary Clouse is a senior communications student at Siena College (Loudonville, NY) with a passion for telling stories. He grew up fascinated with history, particularly military history of the Second World War, and was fortunate enough to have family serve and survive. It's his family that have fueled his passion; having missed the opportunity to ask WWII vet family members of their service, Zach looks to capture and preserve those stories that he can before they are all gone. As such, he's produced "Herrmann," a piece on a local service-member who's photo was published in newspapers across the country during WWII, and is currently working on a long-running documentary project called "Bridged With Blood" about the role of US Army Combat Engineers during WWII.

You can follow Zach's work at @VestigeMedia on Instagram.

Zach currently lives in Coeymans, New York.

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