Film - Documentary | November 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium
The Investigative Reporting Program is hosting a free screening of the documentary Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?.
Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate and the father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopterthe model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the U.S. military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorns colleagues and family, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy and a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.
The filmproduced by the Investigative Reporting Program's Zachary Stauffer and associate producer Jason Paladinorecently won the Audience Favorite Award in Active Cinema at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
RSVP online by November 16.
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