We had a Q&A session at the Phoenix Film Festival on August 14, 2021 and we were honored to have 3 Donut Dollies join us to share their stories. What was most interesting was that their service in Vietnam spanned the years of 1966 – 1969, which was before, during and after the Tet Offensive, leading to very different experiences.
Attending the screening and sharing their stories were: Mavis Larson Gaffney who served in Vietnam in 1968 at Pleiku, Qui Nhon and Blackhorse; Kitty Boots who served in Vietnam from 1966-67 at Long Binh, An Khe and Blackhorse; and Mary Tsinnajinnie Cohoe who served in Vietnam from 1968-69 at Chu Lai and Cam Ranh Air Force Base, and is the only Native American woman (Navajo) to serve a year tour. Representing the Donut Dollies Documentary was Jim Gardner, the film’s co-producer, music supervisor and archivist.
We wish to thank everyone who attended the screenings of our film, the entire Phoenix Film Festival staff and volunteers, the Harkins Theater team, and Barbara and Joseph Philipps for kindly sponsoring our film at these screenings.