Doughboys on film: “And We Were Young”

I keep meaning to pass on this info and then forgetting. Andy Smetanka is an animator making a film, “And We Were Young,” about American soldiers in WWI, inspired by the Meuse-Argonne campaign. He makes his images by hand-cutting paper — did you ever have one of those silhouettes done of your profile at a fair or somewhere? And then you turned out like this?

Andy Smetanka’s paper cuts are not sweet little children. They’re soldiers, blasted trees, barbed wire, explosions, etc. His project needs money. is a website that lets small projects attract small (or big) donations, so you can become part of “And We Were Young” with just a few (or a lot of) bucks.

Here’s the link to his project:

Don’t miss the video.


American soldiers trudging through the Argonne Forest.

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