Thanks to strong ticket sales for the March 25 premier of “A Hero Among Us,” the documentary that features Vinton WWII veteran John Gualtier will be shown on two consecutive weekends at the Vinton Palace Theatre.
There are a few scattered seats for the Sunday, March 25 premier. John Gualtier and filmmaker Brent Watkins will discuss the film afterwards.
The documentary also includes an interview with Martin Weiss, who was liberated from the camp that Gualtier’s unit helped liberate. Weiss moved to the U.S. after WWII, served in the Korean War, and now lives in Bethesda, Md.
You can view the recently produced movie trailer on the website at http://heroamongus.rivermedia.tv/view-the-trailer .
The event will be in conjunction with Humanities Iowa, who provided funding for the film. Elise Fillpot will be doing a brief presentation based on her expertise regarding the educational content of the film and importance of the subject.
“There will also be an opportunity for the audience to complete a feedback form about the film to help us improve future screenings and presentations,” said Watkins, the producer.
A short preview created by Watkins and shared with Vinton residents more than a year ago shares the following quote that hints of what the full-length feature will say about Gualtier’s life and experiences: “‘When we came home, we took our medals off…we put everything in the family cedar chest and that was it.’ With those words, Vinton veteran John Gualtier, who as an 18-year-old Army medic saw things that would haunt him until this day, described how he and others returning from World War II tried to hide from view the most painful stories of war.”
But for the past decade or more, Gualtier has been sharing those stories with local high school students, and sharing his own personal story with the countless veterans he has helped as a volunteer with the VA. Gualtier drives the patients to appointments, helps them with paperwork, and does his best to encourage them.
Click HERE to order tickets for either show. Both start at 2 p.m.