RIVER CITY a nurseís year in Vietnam
(ISBN 9780982298909, memoir, 303 pages, $14.95)
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I was 24 in 1967 when I went to Vietnam as a civilian nurse in a primitive Vietnamese hospital caring for people caught in the crossfire, sometimes even the enemy. I was against the war, but fell in love with a gung-ho Marine who was involved with the CIA. Just as he began to see the war from my point of view, he was killed.
I initially wrote a novel which was 95% nonfiction. Paramount optioned it for Cher the year she won Best Actress. But a great story still needs a great adaptation. They couldnít get one, the project went into turnaround and Paramount quitclaimed the rights back to me.
Iíve since written a memoir, RIVER CITY a nurseís year in Vietnam, and CEMETERY PICNICS, a novel about coming home with PTSD, both available at amazon.com. You can read the first chapter of RIVER CITY below or the first several chapters of either book online at amazon.com using the Look Inside feature of the Kindle editions.
Iíve also written a screenplay. Lacking my experience, no one else could have accomplished what I now have with my own adaptation. At patriciawalsh.com/RIVER_CITY_half.pdf you can anonymously download the first half of my script to determine if youíd like to see the second half.
Patricia L. Walsh
David Emrich, Editor
Paul Conly, Original Music
War nurses are often referred to as angels by their military patients. The Other Angels profiles the courageous American civilian nurses who volunteered in 1967 for duty in primitive, understaffed and poorly supplied Vietnamese hospitals caring for wounded civilians caught in the crossfire of war.
Filmmaker Patricia Walsh brings a unique credibility to The Other Angels.
She is the first war nurse to produce, write, and direct a film about women in
war. It is also a story of love and loss, and a graphic example of how
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed so many home from
The film oscillates between two events: the reunion of these
The Other Angels,
five former civilian nurses in Danang, at the
dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in
Patricia Walsh as a 24-year-old nurse in Danang with a Vietnamese nursing student and a patient.
Patients at Danang Surgical Hospital.
The Other Angels, a film written, produced, and directed by Patricia
L. Walsh, a civilian nurse who volunteered in
Walsh's film oscillates between two events: her reunion with other civilian
nurses in 1993 at the dedication of the Vietnam War Nurses Memorial in
February 10, 1997
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees of American Women in Radio and Television, it is our pleasure to congratulate you on your entry, The Other Angels, as winner in the Twenty-second Annual Gracie Allen Awards ... Your entry displays superior production quality and effectively portrays the changing roles and concerns of women.
April 24, 1997
The Other Angles named Grand Award Winner by American Women in Radio and Television during the Gracie Awards ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York.
The Other Angels Ages 16-adult. The 1993 Veterans Day unveiling of
the Women's Vietnam War Memorial in
BOOKLIST January 1 & 15, 1997 (Booklist Editors' Choice '96 issue) 771.
The Other Angels named Editors' Choice for 1996.
... Walsh's film interweaves archival footage from the period and interview clips to effectively provide a sense of place and time for the stories the women share. An often powerful film which captures both the horror and the grace of humanity in unspeakable conditions, The Other Angels is highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (R. Pitman)
"A moving reminder of the importance of war."
"I loved it. I learned a lot. I was deeply moved by the stories."
"Deeply compelling and heartfelt."
"Patricia Walsh's film is one every student of
"This film opens the door to let people see PTSD."
"The Other Angels is a rare film. It and Pat Walsh's discussion afterwards had a powerful impact on students at the age of making their own decisions about great moral issues."
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