The Emmy® nominated Letters Home to Hero Street, a documentary by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and WQPT-PBS’s Lora Adams, will screen at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5/pp. Museum Members are admitted free.
The 25-minute documentary focuses on a young Mexican-American veteran's personal view of World War II as told through the letters sent home to his family in Silvis, Illinois. Frank Sandoval becomes one of eight veterans of WWII and the Korean War killed in combat from the same block-and-a half-long neighborhood now called Hero Street, USA more than any other street in America. Letters Home to Hero Street received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The program will include screening additional featurettes about the subject following the film.
The film stars Eric Juarez, Maya Chavez, Cindy Ramos and Josh Wielenga, all from the Quad Cities. WQPT’s Chris Ryder (of Leclaire, Iowa) was the cinematographer on the project.
Letters Home to Hero Street received a MidAmerica Emmy® nomination for Best Historical Documentary, won a Silver Eddy and the Audience Award at the 2015 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Borrego Springs Film Festival, the Los Angeles CineFest, and the Muscatine Independent Film Festival.
The Rundles received a regional Emmy® nomination for their documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation and River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6. WQPT’s Lora Adams received a CINE Golden Eagle award for the documentary Chad Pregracke: The River Rescuer.