USS Indianapolis: The Legacy
Directed by Sara Vladic
This documentary tells the fate of the World War II heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis using exclusively first-person accounts. The last crew and their families share gripping stories of kamikaze attacks, invasions, a secret mission, and ultimately a devastating torpedo attack that killed three fourths of the crew. The survivors recall the 5 days they spent floating alone in the Pacific Ocean, their miraculous rescue, and how they fought together to clear their captain’s name. Start to finish, this feature-length film flows from survivor to survivor as they finish each other’s sentences. Set to a completely original score, the incredible story unfolds with rare WWII footage, a collection of previously unpublished photographs, open-ocean reenactments, and new footage from one of the last WWII era heavy cruisers in existence.
Join us for the West Coast premiere of the USS Indy at the GI Film Festival San Diego.
This film received the Local Film Showcase Local Choice award, Local Film Showcase Best Documentary Feature award, and the Audience Choice award.
Sara Vladic worked in many departments within the film production company before deciding to direct feature films, which has helped her understand the dynamics of filmmaking and what it takes to run a crew. Sara is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and has been recognized as a top director and producer for several organizations.