Wrapping Production in October 2016 "A Time of Love and War" (Formerly "43rd") was shot almost entirely in Maui, Hawaii, with 90% percent of the film complete and now in post production in Los Angeles and Croatia.
On June 26th, 1943, a B-17 Bomber on a desperate night mission is shot down over Papua New Guinea by Japanese artillery. The only survivor of the 10-man crew, navigator Raymond Augusto, must now try and survive the jungles of Papua New Guinea with a horrible wound and elude capture by enemy troops.
For three weeks he crawls across the dense jungle with little food and water before he learns he is also being hunted by cannibal natives, the Korowai. Beset by hallucinations and longing for death, Raymond nevertheless feels a spark of hope inside him urging him on.
"There's no question, the veterans of World War II are some of the most tenacious, inspiring people who have ever lived," Frank Aragon, producer, director and star of "A Time of Love and War" says. "Our history in this country is non-existent in film, we are always the villain's not the hero's"
Aragon, an American filmmaker of Mexican American decent, is already well known for his 2009 Down for Life, an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival. Born and raised in Los Angeles - Boyle Heights, to be specific - Aragon's focus in all of his work has been on Latino-themed films that focus on the positive stories of the American experience, as well as the struggles, triumphs, and joys that too often go unheard of.
Aragon joined the Directors Guild of America in 2012 and has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1989. He has worked as an actor, writer, director and producer for more than 24 years, and received the 2001 Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Independent Filmmaker from Nosotros for his work on "My Father's Love", he was the writer producer director and star in that film. Frank has produced "Foreign Land" now available on ITunes.