“And We Were Young” news

Animator Andy Smetanka was victorious in the effort to raise money for the film “And We Were Young.”


So, the paper Meuse-Argonne is coming to a movie screen near you — sometime in the future. I’m very excited to see it, as my many posts on the subject will attest, because it’s all done in silhouette.

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. Kickstarter.com 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.