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from our Second Annual UnLonely Interactive FilmFest.

Watch. Do. Share.

Get inspired and get involved with this film from our Second Annual UnLonely Interactive FilmFest.

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Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!

Step 1: Watch the film.


Bountiful, Utah resident and World War II veteran Jack Tueller was a fighter pilot in the war who took his trumpet everywhere and played it, even two weeks after D-Day near Omaha Beach when a German sniper was taking aim where he was stationed, as he relates here. Music continued to play a central role in Tueller’s life until he died at 95 in 2016.  You can read more about his remarkable life at the Salt Lake Tribune.

About the FIlmmaker

Dave Pilkington is from Centerville, Utah. His work has focused on family histories and events. At Woods Cross High School, he teaches  digital media, tv broadcasting, video gaming and 3D and shares with his students that “information technology is one of the most critical and exciting subjects of our time.”


Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.

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Reflective Questions

  • Can you think of a time when a piece of music impacted you in a surprising way? Or have you witnessed a time when music changed someone’s behavior or mood?
  • For many of us, music is not a part of our professional work life. But can you think of a way that music could be introduced to improve your work experiences?
  • When was the last time you got choked up telling a story? What was it about the story that caught you off guard? Are there certain stories from a specific time or about a specific person that you can expect will be difficult to re-tell?  


  • Interview an older adult, either a friend or relative, about their relationship with music. What favorite memories or stories do they have about music? Where and when did they listen to music the most in their life? Are there songs that they associate with certain periods in their life?
  • Pull out your paint materials—watercolor or regular acrylic—and set up two or three songs on your stereo or streaming music service. For each song played, allow yourself to close your eyes and fully listen to the song, paying attention to the images that appear on the inside of your eyelids. Now, pick up the paint brush, pick out your colors, repeat the song and paint what you hear. Grab a new piece of paper and repeat this exercise for one or more songs and reflect on the results. How does each of the paintings reflect the music? How does each of the paintings reflect the music’s impact on you?
  • Create a lift-your-spirits playlist. Put together a list of your favorite songs that you can feel close to certain will put you in a good mood. Now pick a time in the day that is typically among the hardest—in terms of fatigue, loneliness, emotional drain, or anything else—and commit to listening to the playlist at that time for a few days. Do you notice a difference?

PS: Looking for even more ways to "creatively connect?"  Follow this link for a few other ideas.

Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.


  1. Carla

    Thank you for your service and for your beautiful story and your courage.

  2. sandy meyers

    our common humanity…

  3. Jeanette Ashworth

    Music does have the power to connect,amazing story by Jack Tueller, about his trumpet and the music he played to the German soldier that was as “lonely and scared” as he was. Incredible! His heart of compassion was profound.

  4. Gordon Traill Australian Iraq veteran

    Amazing story

  5. Teresa Cox

    Music has always been the thread in my life that breaks down barriers. I heard this story and I understand why. Thank you.

  6. arlene butler

    beautiful story of understanding

  7. Arthur Fititng BSN,RN

    There is so much more we should learn about music and how it heals.
    In New York City I can walk into a coffee shop from the street and be brought to a better place just by listening to their selection of music.
    Thank you for selecting this wonderful life experience of Jack’s to share with us.

  8. Andrew Sherwood

    Listening to music can change your mood which I totally recommend but, creating it yourself can also change your brain cells for the better. Make a joyful noise!

  9. Sarah

    What an incredible story. Thank you for your service.

  10. Karen Wall

    I have heard many stories like this one, and have the honor to care for our older veterans as a nurse in the VA specializing in dementia care. His story reminds me of the one about the Christmas hymn, Silent Night, sung on the battlefield in WWI, that had enemy singing across the battle line with enemy. When my patients hear music on the unit from their war era, they light up and will even dance in their wheelchairs!

  11. adlermoment

    So heartfelt, such beauty, so healing. Thank you!


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