Young Filmmaker Accepted into Santa Fe Film Festival

Released on = November 11, 2006, 9:53 am

Press Release Author = Jordan McKittrick

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = On Aug. 6, 1945, 140,000 people were vaporized by an atomic
bomb explosion in Hiroshima. Three days later another 70,000 were killed in
Nagasaki. McKittrick\'s film tells the story of two survivors.

Press Release Body = --For Immediate Release-

Nov. 11, 2006---Sometimes good things do come in small packages.

Jordan McKittrick is a 15-year-old high school student in Santa Fe, N.M. His
passion is filmmaking and his first film, Help, if I may ask will appear at the
Santa Fe Film Festival on Dec. 7 at 1:15 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2:15 p.m. at the Jean
Cocteau Cinema in downtown Santa Fe.

Inspired by two atomic bomb survivors and their visit to the birthplace of the bomb,
Los Alamos, N.M., in 2005, Jordan decided to do his 23 minute film.

"The anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima was a wake up call for all of us who
were in Los Alamos 60 years to the day after it happened on Aug. 6, 2005," Jordan

Masako Hashida was 15-years-old in 1945 when the bomb was dropped on her city. In
peacetime she would have gone to school. But like all her friends at that time in
history, she was drafted to work at the Mitsubishi weapons factory in Nagasaki. Her
job was making torpedoes.

The second atomic bomb to be used on a human population was dropped on Nagasaki
while Hashida was working at that factory, located less than one mile from the

Ueda Koji was 3-years-old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He was sitting
on the porch listening to his grandmother read him a story when he was jolted by a
sudden flash of light and a tremendous roar.

His mother's accounts are what he remembers most. At times she talked about what
she saw. For Koji, the stories were ghostly.

"The survivors weren't angry," Jordan said. "That's the thing that stood out most
for me about filming them."

They joined New Mexicans for a disarmament gathering and pleaded for a world free of
nuclear weapons.

Events of the day were tied to similar ones in Japan, California, Nevada, Texas,
Tennessee, Colorado and elsewhere around the world.

Jordan attends The Academy for Technology and the Classics and Santa Fe Community
College in Santa Fe, N.M.

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