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Encore showing of documentary

By Andy Hallman Ledger News Editor | Jul 03, 2018

Those who missed the three showings of the documentary “Heroes of Fairfield” will have a few more chances to see it Wednesday.

The film, the second in the Fairfield History Series, will be shown at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater. Producer Dick DeAngelis of Fair Field Productions estimated that more than 1,100 people attended the three shows combined over the weekend at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Many people told him they badly wanted to see the film, but couldn’t because they were at the Greater Jefferson County Fair. “It was our own mistake for scheduling it during the county fair,” DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis said there is “no better opportunity” to see the documentary than in a remodeled Orpheum Theater and on Independence Day no less, a fitting tribute to the local heroes who star in the film.

“Some people were amazed at how much information was in it,” DeAngelis said. “People wanted to come more than once. They were amazed at the research we got into.”

DeAngelis, director of photography Jason Strong, Amine Kouider and author Rory Goff answered questions from the audience after the shows, but not before a rousing ovation from the crowd. At the conclusion of the first showing, the crowd applauded through the entire credits.

Goff joined the production crew on stage because he wrote a book about the Underground Railroad in Fairfield. The book is 700 pages long and is a reference guide to every local person who took part in the anti-slavery movement of the 1840s-1860s.

DeAngelis said many people asked about the historical re-enactments shown in the film. Others asked about the music. With the exception of one piece, all the music in the documentary comes courtesy of local musicians.

“People couldn’t believe we had that many local musicians in it,” DeAngelis said. “The details about the Underground Railroad fascinated them, too, and the veterans section is very moving.”

During Q and A, DeAngelis asked the veterans in attendance to stand and be recognized. They received a warm applause from the crowd.

Members of Fairfield Interact, a division of Rotary, raised money to print copies of a book mentioned in the film. The book is “A Derailment on the Railway Invisible” by Christian Byrkit. Byrkit was a conductor on the Underground Railroad at the tender age of 11. DeAngelis described Byrkit as one of Fairfield’s greatest heroes of all time.


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