“Colors of Courage” About the Film The Producers


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APR. 11, 2003 — Catherine Weir interviews Tony Martinez on KUNM 89.9.

“Colors of Courage: Sons of New Mexico, Prisoners of Japan” premiered before surviving veterans, their families and invited guests — and was well received — on December 7, 2002 at the Armory for the Arts Theatre, Bataan Memorial Military Museum & Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film was screened in its world premiere during the Taos Talking Picture Festival April 10-13, 2003.


The University of New Mexico’s Center for Regional Studies commissioned and funded “Colors of Courage: Sons of New Mexico, Prisoners of Japan” in conjunction with the Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library.


The film includes an interview with a remorseless Japanese guard, Yukio Yamabe, who took park in the march. Yamabe agreed to be interviewed about his experiences only by a Japanese film crew in his home town of Osaka.


“This is the first interview with a Japanese guard [who took part in the march] I am aware of,” producer Tony Martinez said.


Tony Martinez, a native of Santa Fe, is news director of Fox Sports Net in Dallas, Texas. He and Scott Henry have won Emmy and Peabody awards for their work.


The feature-length documentary runs one hour and 45 minutes, with 80 minutes of original music by composer Ray Machado of Dallas.