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Kommando 1944 is now officially qualified for the Academy Awards® Live action short this year. Fox searchlight also recently inquired it after its screening in Cannes. We hope the world can learn from this film and never forget the past.


kommando 1944 Trailer from Derek Quick on Vimeo.

KOMMANDO 1944 Behind the Scenes TEASER 2 from Derek Quick on Vimeo.

Kommando 1944 BTS Teaser Jeff Seid from Derek Quick on Vimeo.

Kommando Indiegogo Festival Campaign from Derek Quick on Vimeo.



  • Kommando 1944 screened at Cannes with the American Pavilion.
  •  Kommando 1944 wins best Film and screened on D- Day 75 Anniversary in Normandy France and is presented award by Spielberg’s Band Of Brothers Cast.
  • Academy Qualifying festival Short Shorts in Japan in June 2019.
  • Kommando 1944 is now qualified for the Academy Awards and has submitted.

Deadline Article

American Pavilion To Celebrate Diversity At Cannes With Emerging Filmmaker Showcase


Derek Quick is a Native American Film Director and U.S. Navy/U.S. Coast Guard Veteran having served ten years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue Film making. He is in Pre-production for his feature documentary, “Seid” staring Jeff Seid, the youngest Pro bodybuilder and social media king of fitness, among other exciting projects.

Quick is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, two year acting conservatory with an Associates Degree. He also attended the New York Film Academy. Directing is his passion and has been making films for over twenty two years. One of his many tools as a director is his passion for writing. As the writer of Kommando 1944 his goal is to shed light on the hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans that were forced into internment camps during WWII. This hits close to home for Quick, his grandfather Chuck Todd was the Chief of the Ottawa Indian tribe, a federally recognized tribe that faced many hardships during their forced treck to the reservations.

Derek Quick

Directors statement

Never Forget

With everyone in Hollywood talking about the awakening of “Asian Americans” in cinema I think it is time the world hears the untold story of Asian American Internment. During WWII hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans were forced into internment camps here in America.

I have a passion for history, especially events that most people are unaware of or choose to ignore due to guilt. I knew nothing about what the Asian American, mainly the Japanese Americans faced during WWII. My grandfather former chief of the Ottawa tribe, a federally recognized tribe, told me stories similar to the internment during WWII.

The hardships these families faced while their fathers, brothers, and husbands enlisted in the U.S. Army, to fight Nazi Germany, were beyond belief. The Irony of the U.S. government delivering the final remains and an award to a mother imprisoned in an internment camp in California.

In this political climate, It is time Hollywood and the world see’s the mistakes of the past, so we can heal and never make the same mistakes ever again.

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