Letters From Long Binh

In the fall of 1968, a 26-year old Army Captain finds himself halfway across the world in Vietnam. From Long Binh Post, Bruce Stern connects with his friends and family at home while he tries to maintain a sense of normalcy in a turbulent time. Through dozens of talking letters, hundreds of written correspondences, photographs and interviews, we see what his life was like in a war zone.

Letters from Long Binh is a film that brings back a time long since past, but not forgotten.

The materials used to chronicle the time in Vietnam were unknown to the director prior to his father's passing. Found by chance, he was able to hear his father describe what life was like in-country.

  • Gregory Stern
    Director
  • Kristen Stern
    Producer
  • Ray Busch
    Key Cast
  • Lynn Zwica
    Camera
  • Todd Palladino
    Camera
  • Brendan Rosen
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    various
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
    Atlanta, GA
    United States
    June 26, 2019
    Bronze Award
  • Trinity International Film Festival
    Detroit, Michigan
    United States
    August 17, 2019
    World Premier
    Best Documentary Short
  • Hollywood New Directors
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • Honor Film Festival

    Best Military Personnel
  • Great Lakes Internatinal Film Festival
    Erie
    United States
    October 1, 2020
    Finalist for Best Documentary Short
  • Fatherhood International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection
  • First Time Filmmakers

    Official Selection
  • YoFi Fest
    Yonkers
    United States
    November 11, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Mesa Film Felstival
    Mesa
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gregory Stern

Gregory Stern is a 10-time Emmy Award winning director and producer. He started out at HBO Sports working on live boxing events and documentaries such at "Do You Believe in Miracles The Story of the 1980 US Hockey Team" and "The Rivalry: Michigan vs. Ohio State." Currently, he is a studio director at MLB Network while also working the Olympic Games for NBC. Stern was born and raised in Connecticut and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He currently lives in New York. This is his first documentary.

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Director Statement

I hope you enjoy my first film as Director. This project gave me the opportunity to “talk” to my father for an extra 11 years, but it also shows the Vietnam War in a different light - without politics or bloody gun battles. It is a personal piece that also stands the test of time for the “every” soldier who had the same type of experience during a war.