The Stokes County Arts Council and the Piedmont Triad Film Commission are partnering to bring the residents of Stokes County and the Piedmont a new monthly film series featuring films made across the region.
Formed in 1993, The Piedmont Triad Film Commission provides motion picture assistance ranging from location scouting to pre and post-production services. Featured productions have included “The Longest Ride,” “Leatherheads,” “Junebug,” and “Bull Durham,” as well as television movies, series, and reality/documentary productions.
Films of the Piedmont Triad premieres with a free screening of “Two Soldiers” this Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at The Arts Place of Stokes in Danbury. Two Soldiers is a 2003 short film directed by Aaron Schneider, filmed in Forsyth and Yadkin Counties. It won an Academy Award in 2004 for Best Short Subject and is based on a 1942 short story by William Faulkner. Set in rural Mississippi, 1941, the two main characters, Pete and Willie are brothers. Despite the age difference, Willie being nine and Pete being about a decade older, they are close as close can be. An innocent country life of farming and collecting bird eggs is interrupted by news bulletins reporting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Pete immediately decides to enlist, despite the fact that as a farm worker he doesn’t have to. He bids Willie goodbye, but Willie decides that he’s going to go to war with his big brother. A difficult journey to the induction center in Memphis eventually has Willie crossing paths with a kindly Army colonel (Ron Perlman), who helps him in his quest.
Reservations for “Two Soldiers” are not required, but are being accepted. For more information, contact Stokes Arts at 336-593-8159.