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The Donut Dollies

Directed by Norm Anderson
AWARD WINNER: Best Documentary Feature


In 1968, two best friends joined an elite team and flew into a war zone wearing powder blue dresses. They were Red Cross Donut Dollies. These idealistic young women embraced their mission — to cheer up the GIs in Vietnam — with energy, creativity, compassion, and resolve but had no idea what they were getting into. Forty-seven years later, they reunite in Vietnam to retrace their steps; ask why they went; ask whether they made a difference; unlock buried memories; and share their stories for the first time.


Norm Anderson is the creator of the upcoming National Geographic Wild show, “Prairie Dog Manor,” and is also a daytime Emmy nominated co-executive producer, writer and documentary filmmaker with credits on a wide variety of shows and networks – from Discovery’s Shark Week to shows on Spike, Style, E!, CNBC, the CW and VH1, among others. While earning a filmmaking MFA from USC, Norman focused on screenwriting and documentary filmmaking and was mentored by Academy Award winning documentarian Mark Harris. Since then, documentary filmmaking projects have brought him to Cambodia, Malawi, Ghana, Europe, Peru and all over the States. Norm has been a finalist for the Sundance and Film Independent screenwriting labs with his feature script, Of Chameleons and Gods, and was also the recipient of a prestigious Sloan writing fellowship. Prior to USC, Norm attended Williams College, studying Music and German then spent a year teaching English in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Grant.

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