MOLINE, IL — WQPT, QUAD CITIES PBS and Fourth Wall Films have teamed up to produce a new documentary “Letters Home to Hero Street.” The project is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
The 30-minute film draws on the letters home from one of eight soldiers lost to war who lived on 2nd Street in Silvis, IL, now known as Hero Street USA.”Letters Home” gives a glimpse into one of the heroes through his letters home to his family.
The large amount of documentation and supporting materials is what made the decision for us to focus on him,” said Director Kelly Rundle. “Our soldier was not chosen because he is more important than the other seven heroes, nor more important than others who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. In ‘Letters Home to Hero Street,’ he stands in for the seven and for all who have served.”
A premiere of the film is being held Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 800 17th Street, Silvis, IL. The event is open free to the public. The filmmakers, actors and others associated with the film will be available to answer questions.
The following day (Jan. 16) the film will air on WQPT at 7 p.m. For more information, visit wqpt.org or fourthwallfilms.com.
WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.