Return to the USS Atlanta: Defender of Guadalcanal
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In RETURN TO THE USS ATLANTA: DEFENDER OF GUADALCANAL, an international team of scuba divers travels to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to dive the wreck of the USS Atlanta, a light cruiser that was damaged and sunk during WWII's Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. The wreck is located at 130 meters (426 feet) below the surface — a challenging dive for even the most experienced technical diver.
The battle — often referred to as the “Barroom Brawl” — was one of the most chaotic and close-range naval battles in U.S. history. It took place from the 12th to the 15th of November 1942, and it is credited with turning the tide in favor of the Allies and eventually leading to the surrender of the Japanese forces. The USS Atlanta put up a heroic fight against enemy fire, but was battered not only by the Japanese destroyers but also by friendly fire amidst the confusion. After 172 of her men were killed in action, the Atlanta was outfitted with detonation charges and scuttled to avoid falling into enemy hands.
Through the voices of the dive team members, interviews with historians and veterans who served on the Atlanta, as well as the most extensive footage of the wreck shot to date, the story of the USS Atlanta and its final hours come alive on screen.
Spirit of Independents Award - Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
2nd Place, Pro Category - International Underwater Film Festival (Belgrade, Sebia)
Produced by Fort Greene Filmworks, 2012.