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Second film in documentary series debuts Saturday

Two shows Saturday night, one show Sunday afternoon
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 26, 2018

The second film in the Fairfield History Series will premiere with two showings Saturday and one Sunday.

The film is “Heroes of Fairfield,” and will be shown at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. It will be shown the following day at 2 p.m.

Producer Dick DeAngelis said this premiere will be even bigger than last year’s premiere of “Life Before Fairfield.” Four local museums will have booths on subjects discussed in the film. An African American museum will come to talk about the underground railroad. Fairfield’s own Carnegie Historical Museum will have a display, too. The Knights of Columbus will serve food.

The film is about 65 minutes long. DeAngelis and others involved in production plan to answer questions for 15 minutes afterward. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“I’m excited because this film is way more ambitious than even the first,” DeAngelis said. “We’ve done a tremendous amount of historical research, and worked with state historians.”

The research team uncovered interesting facts about Fairfield’s early settlers from 1840-1860.

“We’ve learned a lot about that group, and how they relate to the Underground Railroad,” DeAngelis said.

Jason Strong was the director of photography, just as he was for the first film. New for this film was assistant director Ashia Fredeen, a first-year film student at Maharishi University of Management. Area musicians participated in the soundtrack. DeAngelis said he’s proud that so many local people have contributed to this documentary series about Jefferson County.

“People are going to want to bring their kids so they can learn things about their town they didn’t know,” DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis said he had a great time working with Carnegie Historical Museum curator Mark Shafer. Shafer taught the production team things they didn’t know, and they returned the favor, sharing their research with him.

“We have a lot of gems in our museum, and I know Mark is working hard to bring those out,” DeAngelis said.

DeAngelis promised last year that he would complete the second documentary in 10 months.

“We are 10 months and a few days from the last premiere,” he said. “Experts in the documentary field say a film like this takes four to five years. We’ve been able to pull off what people thought was impossible.”

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