During WWII, the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit (CFPU) scooped the world's with the first images of the major events in Europe: D-Day, the invasion of Sicily, the liberation of Paris, and the Elbe River link up of the Allied armies. The CFPU shot the first feature documentary while under fire, and shot the only footage ever of an action leading to a Victoria Cross.
CPAC, Canada, Nov.11 and Dec. 31, 2010
TVO, Ontario, 2009-13
SCN (Saskatchewan), 2006-2010
PBS (Seattle, Spokane, Detroit, Bufalo, Maine, Vermont), 2007-09
CLT/Book-TV, Canada, 2005-09
CBC Country Canada, 2005-07
"Shooters is ... impressively presented on DVD. ... excellent medium. The images give Shooters tremendous impact. ... James O'Regan ... has achieved a remarkable feat in assembling the story of a unit ... the unit veterans soon assume control of their story and they captivate. ... the most moving part of the DVD, watching a CAFPU cameraman film his own death over the Rhine River. ...
O'Regan ... [has] produced a solid historical video-document..." - Lieutenant-Colonel Terence W. Loveridg, Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2006
"A new documentary by Ottawa filmmaker James O'Regan, available on DVD for home viewing, tells a remarkable, compelling story that we've only seen or heard before in various bits and pieces. The documentary Shooters is the full, start-to-finish story of the amazing Second World War adventures and world-beating accomplishments of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit." - Don Angus, CSC News, June 2005, p. 18
"Thanks to these men, the world could watch newsreels from the front. They were in the middle of the action and preserved a true image of war." - Tony Costa, Imago Web Editor (European Federation of Cinematographers)
"...this patriotic doc pays tribute to the Canadian Film and Photo Unit, the members of which dodged bullets while gathering still photos and film footage during WWII. Filmmaker James O'Regan's father was the man who discovered the CFPU's most famous piece of film -- the first to show Allied troops coming ashore on D-Day -- in a canister that a cameraman had dropped on the beach. ... the footage is frequently extraordinary and the interviews with the unit's survivors reveal how Canadians excelled at getting the war on film. Our secret weapon: tripods." - Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly, May 5, 2005
Al Calder, Charles E. Roos, Michael Spencer, Lew Weekes
Focus Award, Canadian Society of Cinematographers, 2010
Hot Docs (Toronto), April-May 2005, "Doc Shop"
Banff World Television Festival, 2005, screener
Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, 2005, screener