The Childen’s Ark is a docudrama that I researched, wrote, directed, and produced. It premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
I received the Bronze Halo Award for writing and directing by The Southern California Motion Picture Council.
The Children’s Ark tells the incredible true story of Riley H. Allen, an unlikely hero who saved an entire generation from the ravages of war.
Riley was the former editor-in-chief of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He volunteered for the American Red Cross and went Vladivostok, an icy coastal city in Siberia – and a political tinderbox on the brink of war.
By 1918 the Russian Civil War had intensified. St. Petersburg was facing hard times. Groups of school kids were transported to summer camps in the countryside. The civil war spread unexpectedly, making it impossible for them to get back home to their parents.
Against all odds, Riley and his American Red Cross team were able to save eight hundred children and teenagers; taking them on a perilous journey around the world, and finally back home to their parents.