About "Heroes of Fairfield"
“Heroes of Fairfield”, the second film in the Fairfield History Series, premiere at the Sondheim Theater in Fairfield, Iowa on Saturday June 30, 2018. “Heroes of Fairfield” brings to life stories of ordinary Fairfielders who did extraordinary things to make a difference this small Midwestern community and how that extends into our world. “Heroes of Fairfield” is a film you will not want to miss.
“Heroes of Fairfield" producer/director Dick DeAngelis said “There are too many heroes in our history to feature them all, but I can assure you there are some surprises in there. During Fairfield’s early days, in particular from the 1830’s through the Civil War in the 1860’s, Fairfield found itself in the crosshairs of one of our country’s largest social issues, slavery. With the help of state historians and local experts, this film re-discovers the situations, stories and people of this very special time in Fairfield’s history."
We were thrilled once again by our community’s reception during premiere week with over 1,400 people coming out to attend the film debut of this second documentary in the Fairfield History Series. Jonathan Andelson, professor at Grinnell College and Humanities Advisor to the film, commented after attending the premiere:
“The level of audience engagement with the film was high. Audible ooohs and aaahs from the audience were triggered by seeing a familiar face or place; easy laughter in the right places also was common. When the film ended Dick and three of his colleagues took the stage and answered questions, which were numerous. At the end of the Q&A session, many people remained in the theater foyer talking for half an hour after the film. Clearly, the goal of boosting awareness and community pride had been achieved.”
The first documentary film in the Fairfield History Series called "Life Before Fairfield", premiered last August to packed crowds of over 1500 people. If you haven't seen it yet, you may want to watch it online before coming to "Heroes".
The premiere of “Heroes of Fairfield” and the history weekend was made possible by generous local contributions as well as grants from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Greater Jefferson County Foundation and the Fairfield Conventions & Visitors Bureau. If you wish to contribute to this series, please see below.
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