The sneak preview of the locally-filmed "A Place for Heroes" was held last Friday evening at the Traer Theatre.
The event was attended by stars of the film along with many of the crew who helped make the production possible. KWWL was also on hand to cover their arrival.
The film tells the story of a WWII veteran named Robert, whose death leads his family on a search for the truth about his past. Many local veterans were used in the film.
Pictured above are Kiera Morrill and Ben Easter, stars of the new locally-filmed production “A Place for Heroes.”
The movie was produced by My Town Pictures, an independent film company headed by Iowa native Scott Thompson. Thompson, who also filmed "The Call" and "Hometown" in Tama County, saw Traer and Clutier as the perfect destinations to return to for this project.
"When I thought of locations that I needed to shoot a movie like this, it was the perfrect combination," Thompson said. "Ardene [Cross] in Clutier and Cecilia [Podhajsky] in Traer, as well as Max Morrison and others were the ones that helped make the movie a reality, so a lot of the credit belongs with them."
"Our job was to make the movie, but their job was to provide a foundation so that we could make it," Thompson said. "It was very much a community effort, and that's why we're here tonight for the first-ever sneak preview of it."
A portion of the proceeds were donated to groups that support local veterans, something Thompson has made a staple of his films.
"Wherever we share the movie, we like to support local veterans groups," Thompson said. "That's sort of the message of the movie-to thank our heroes at home and abroad-and to have the veterans involved in the project was really special."
Sneak preview screenings will continue throughout May and June across Iowa. Sneak preview DVDs, which include a presentation by local veteran Sid Morris, are availale by contacting Cecilia Podhajsky at 319-478-2947.