Eaglei: Local resident’s film debuts on the big screen

Marco Island resident David Brink’s “The Life And Times Of Hans Peter Elmar Hansen” is being featured in the New York International Independent Film Festival and is set to open Oct. 28 at the East Village Cinema in lower Manhattan.

The documentary follows Elmar Hansen’s life as he finds himself immersed in the technological wave of the 20th century. He was part of a generation that witnessed across the board technological changes that no generation had and likely, no generation ever will witness. Arguably, part of the greatest generation that had ever lived.

Hansen was on born on a small farm in Klovborg Denmark in 1896. In the early 1920s he immigrated to the United States where he first settled in Hutchinson, Minn. before moving to Minneapolis.

The documentary articulates the harsh conditions for a boy growing up on a farm at that time. There are stories hardships, personal tragedy and conflict, along with the trials and tribulations of this young immigrant’s first years in America.

In the Minneapolis area, Hansen was involved in the construction industry working as bricklayer and stone mason throughout his life. He worked on a myriad of prominent building in the Minneapolis and St Paul area. Hansen was even the master craftsmen behind the building on one of south Minneapolis’s most beautiful stone churches.

He watch, up close and personal, the plight of the great depression, the Minneapolis truck drivers strike of the early 1930s and recalls the coldest winter on record in Minnesota.

The documentary follows Hansen through all these trying times and the good times with wonderful and warms stories of this respected member of the Danish community. All the while the documentary interlaces the story with the profound technological change that was unfolding around him.

Hansen passed away in the fall of 1996 at the age of 100.

The documentary was produced and narrated by Brink, Hansen’s second-born grandson. Although it is a comprised of numerous interviews, videos, pictures and audio clips, it is primarily based on a video taped interview Brink made with Hansen in 1991.

Hansen was 95 at the time of the interviews.

More information on the video can be found at Contrails.com and at The New York International Independent Film Festival Web site nyfilmvideo.com.

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