Directed by Henry Corra

Press Coverage, New York, July 8th, 2010


Ghosts of Vietnam, by Josh Rosenblatt

Film Review: The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan

Must-See Vietnam Feature Doc Asks All the Right Questions

Danny Glover & Henry Corra Bring 'McKinley Nolan' Out of Hiding at Silverdocs

Ghosts Haunt the Silverdocs 2010 Festival: “I’m not saying that I won’t chase the ghost all my life,” says Michael Nolan. “But I have that right.” The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan examines the complexities of documentary as a genre, complexities on display throughout the 2010 Silverdocs program.

Silverdocs: Thursday Preview: The combination of hope and resignation McKinley's loved ones have faced now for almost 40 years is palpable every moment they're on screen. When McKinley's wife Mary admits how confusing it might be to have him return after all these years, she professes an unconditional love for a man she's known longer as a memory than as a husband.

Isiah Leggett reflects on time in Vietnam after watching documentary; "But I thought the film was quite interesting from a variety of standpoints. One, what's highly clear is that war can be very confusing—the fog of war. A lot of the things that happened, it's difficult to figure out. One does not recognize the psychological and emotional impact of the war and the altered state of mind that it can inflict on people."

The search for one of the last missing G.I.'s in Vietnam proves a long and winding road into a sad heart of darkness in helmer Henry Corra's "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan."

DC This Week
Silverdocs. WORLD PREMIERE: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MCKINLEY NOLAN. Forty years after Pvt. McKinley Nolan vanished in Vietnam, his family learns there is hope the beloved brother, husband and father is alive and the decades-long mystery of his disappearance may be solved. (Executive Producer Danny Glover in attendance along with the Nolan Family)

Less glitz, more hits slated for SilverDocs: "After the glitz and glamour of a global sports star and famous politician attending last year's SilverDocs Documentary Festival, this year's edition will focus on the filmmakers, bringing a cadre of top documentarians to Silver Spring to show off their films."

The Washington Post
Ann Hornaday on Silverdocs, featuring 'Freakonomics,' 'The Other City'

Family first: "As soon as I met Dan Smith and the Nolan family, it was like a bell going off in my head. This was going to be my next film. I had no idea what the outcome was going to be. The longing and the eloquence of these characters just leapt out at me." - Henry Corra

The Tuesday Conversation: Henry Corra: "I think the whole film — logistically, spiritually, creatively — was a painful and necessary journey that needed to be taken. What starts out as an investigation becomes totally about the mourning process. That's the kind of trick in the movie. It starts out as an investigation and then it becomes something deeper and more personal." - Henry Corra

The search for McKinley Nolan; Early in the new documentary film "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan," Dan Smith of Kelso reassures himself: "It's like I'm getting answers to things that have been plaguing me. Yeah, I think I'm doing the right thing."

Tracking McKinley, Part 1: “I have tried to let go of this thing and I just can’t. It’s something I’ve got to see through, wherever it takes me.” -Dan Smith

Tracking McKinley, Part 2: 'Back to being Dan again' - "I’ve been obsessed for the last two or three years and been a troubled man for my whole life, but now my work is done. I can get back to being Dan again," - Dan Smith