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Bare Bones Film Premiere


RICHMOND, VA, February 28, 2018 - Melissa Terese Young, of Young One Productions has received an Official Selection from the Bare Bones International Independent Film and Music Festival. Melissa's debut documentary feature film "Vietnam War Miracle will be screened at the 19th Annual Bare Bones International Independent Film and Music Festival on Friday April 27th at the ROXY THEATER venue at 12 P.M.

An extraordinarily inspiring story, 'Vietnam War Miracle' recounts how one fateful night during the Vietnam War 1969, changed the lives of several young soldiers when they came under enemy fire. One died and two were catastrophically injured but survived due to the heroic efforts of their quick thinking medic and two fearless helicopter pilots.

One soldier lost both legs. The other, Donald Mason, lost 30% of his brain to grenade shrapnel. But thanks to the work of a gifted neurosurgeon he not only survived, but thrived and went on to live a remarkable, fulfilling life of selflessness and volunteerism. After 41 years he is finally reunited with his platoon brothers and meets the surgeon who saved his life and is able to fill in the blanks of what happened that night so many long years ago.

Melissa as the Film Producer/Director for 'Vietnam War Miracle' received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA in 1994. Melissa’s first job in television production began immediately after college as a Production Assistant for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". She was soon promoted to Music Coordinator for the show which launched a later move to Access Hollywood as their Music Segment Producer. 'Vietnam War Miracle' is her re-entry into her beloved passion for telling a story through documentary film making and she was so compelled to tell the story that she embarked on the project as a solo producer/director, funding it almost totally herself. She has received the Impact DOC Award of Recognition for the film and feels this is one of her greatest achievements in her production and directing career.

"I am honored to premier this film at Bare Bones International Film Festival this spring. This film is more than just a documentary, it turned out to be history in the making for our Vietnam Veterans who were looked down upon when they returned from this war. It is now time to recognize and honor these men who deserved better. I hope all veterans and their families in Oklahoma will join us at Bare Bones for this screening." - Melissa Terese Young, Film Producer/Director for Vietnam War Miracle

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival is dedicated to screening feature motion picture projects with budgets less than one million dollars. Our philosophy is to promote and support the efforts of the small budget filmmakers and producers. We treat everyone the way we would like to be treated and provide lots of encouragement. The festival is a spring break and networking opportunity for actors, writers, filmmakers and producers. Our small town experiences will give visitors a break from the hustle and bustle of a big city. In the city of Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, everyone greets you with a smile and a friendly "howdy."

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival has been named one of the "25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Moviemaker Magazine and one of the "20 Best Festivals for New and Emerging Filmmakers." PBS included Bare Bones as one of the top 20 documentary festivals. The Bare Bones Film Festival experience has long been touted as the "Friendliest Film Festival" by the many filmmakers who return year after year.

The festival will feature narrative and documentary features, short documentary, short narrative and student films, music videos, animation and live screenplay readings in its competitive program. Live music and entertainment, classic car shows, receptions, after parties and tours of surrounding areas make this festival a relaxed atmosphere where lasting friendships are made and filmmakers are treated like royalty and receive the recognition independent filmmakers deserve.

For more information call Gigi Mussatto at (407)234-4098 or visit Vietnam War Miracle’s website at