Luis Mandoki to Direct Vietman War Drama ‘Don Dawson’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Shooting for 'Don Dawson Story' planned for early next year

Mexican director Luis Mandoki has boarded Vietnam War indie drama “The Don Dawson Story” with plans to start lensing early next year.

Laura Brownson of Dandelion Films is producing with Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films.

Story is triggered by the 1964 disappearance of U.S. Army pilot Daniel Dawson’s L-19 surveillance plane in the Vietnam jungles. Three weeks later, his younger brother Don left his job, family and friends, emptied his bank account and traveled to Vietnam to find his brother.

Don Dawson spent the next eight months in Vietnam, including four as a POW.

Richard Friedenberg (“A River Runs Through It”) has penned the script.

Mandoki’s directing credits include “Amazing Grace,” “Message in a Bottle” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”He directed last year’s Mexico-set drama “La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas.”

Mastromauro is a producer on a pair of completed family dramas — “As Cool As I Am,” adapted from Pete Fromm’s coming-of-age novel, and “Louder Than Words” about a couple building a hospital following their daughter’s death.

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