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Film recounts story of Eau Claire native during WWII

Eau Claire (WQOW) — A filmmaker from Eau Claire is bringing a remarkable story back home.

Ryan Allsop wrote and directed the short film “Mount Liptak.” It’s based on a true story of a 15-year-old Eau Claire boy, Lester Liptak, who happens to be Allsop’s uncle. Liptak lied about his age so he could enlist in the Navy during World War II.

Allsop told News 18 the film is really about how tens of thousands of children fought for this country’s freedom, and he wanted to share their stories and not let them be forgotten.

“Mount Liptak” has won awards and recognition at several other film festivals across the country, such as ‘Best Wisconsin Short Film’ at the Beloit International Film Festival, a platinum Remy Award at ‘World Fest’ in Houston, TX, along with ‘Best Drama Short’ at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards in November 2017.

Allsop said he has his hopes set on creating a longer version of this film to make it to the big screen.

You can watch “Mount Liptak” at the Eau Claire World Film Festival on October 20.

Samantha Wensel

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