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Free showing of ‘Life Before Fairfield’ Dec. 28

Dec 21, 2017

A special free holiday screening of “Life Before Fairfield” will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The one-hour film is the first in the eight-part Fairfield history series. It is a joint venture between Fair Field Productions and Fairfield Media Center.

“Many people have been asking for one more showing, and thanks to some generous local donors as well as the [Fairfield Area] Chamber of Commerce and [Fairfield Arts & Convention Center], we are able to give this as a holiday gift to the community,” said Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy. “‘Life Before Fairfield’ is one of the biggest and most delightful surprises of the year... The overall effect of the film produced a reverence and fresh appreciation for where we live and the continuity we represent from those who came before us.”

The first film covered prehistoric Jefferson County from the dinosaur age through its settlement by human beings. It features interviews with several Native American experts, Iowa state archaeologists, artifact hunters, noted historians and more.

The production staff has already begun work on the next film called “Heroes of Fairfield,” scheduled to premiere in May. It will include re-enactments, interviews and a few tales that have never been told before, like the story of a small group from Jefferson County that was part of the Underground Railroad. The film will also reveal some of Fairfield’s military heroes of yesterday and today.

Each film in the series will delve into the various cultures that have called this land home. Producer/director Dick DeAngelis of Fair Field Productions is excited about the project’s agricultural series that is slated for production in the fall of 2018.

A fundraising effort is underway. The second film is budgeted to cost $65,000.

To date, the project has received grant funding and many donations from various businesses and individuals, including a grant for $9,955 from Humanities Iowa. Seventy-five people have helped produce the film.

For more information, visit the series’s website at www.fairfieldhistoryseries.com or call DeAngelis at 919-4277.

“Whether you missed the fall premiere [of ‘Life Before Fairfield’] or would like to see it again, this free showing is for you,” said DeAngelis.


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