Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? (2018)


Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is an American documentary film released in 2018.


The documentary examines the events leading up to and immediately after the 2014 crash of a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon off Cape Henry, Virginia. Three crew members perished in the crash, among them Lieutenant Wes Van Dorn. The documentary exposed widespread reliability issues across both Navy and Marine Corp 53E fleets.

The reporting for the documentary included collaborations with the Virginian-Pilot, NBC News, and Honolulu Civil Beat.


  • Audience Favourite, Mill Valley Film Festival, 2018.
  • Best Documentary, Monarch Film Festival, 2018.
  • Audience Award, RiverRun International Film Festival, 2019.
  • Best Documentary, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, 2019.
  • Special Jury Award, Workers Unite Film Festival, 2019.
  • First Time Filmmaker Award, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, 2019.
  • Best Feature Doc, Jacksonville Film Festival, 2019.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Zachary Stauffer.
  • Producer(s):
    • Loi Ameera Almeron … assistant producer.
    • Lowell Bergman … executive producer.
    • Angeline Bernabe … assistant producer.
    • Jason Paladino … associate producer.
    • David Schneider … consulting producer.
  • Editor(s):
    • Eli Olson.
  • Production:
    • Investigative Studios.
  • Release Date: 07 October 2018 (Mill Valley Film Festival, US).
  • Running time: 80 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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