Silvis, IL – Four of the completed films from Fourth Wall Films’ award-winning “Hero Street” documentary series will air on WQPT-PBS (Channel 24) on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th. Honoring the memory of the Hero Street Eight and all of the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces, WQPT will broadcast “Riding the Rails to Hero Street” airs at 7 pm, the Emmy-nominated WQPT/Fourth Wall Films co-produced “Letters Home to Hero Street” (Frank Sandoval’s story) at 7:30 pm, “A Bridge too Far from Hero Street” (William Sandoval’s story) at 8 pm, and “An Infantryman from Hero Street” (Joseph Sandoval’s story) at 8:30 pm.
“Hero Street,” a multi-part documentary series by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, explores the compelling true story of eight Mexican-American heroes from Hero Street, USA in Silvis, Illinois: Tony Pompa, Frank Sandoval, William Sandoval, Claro Solis, Peter Masias, Joseph Sandoval, Joseph Gomez and John S. Muños.
Only a block and a half long, Second Street in Silvis, Illinois lost six young men in World War II and two in the Korean War, more than any other street in America. Hero Street, as it is now known, has provided over 150 service members since Mexican-American immigrants settled there in 1929.
“[The Rundles’] beautiful Hero Street series will be a monumental, lasting legacy to ensure that current and future generations will be sure to recognize and salute the selfless patriotism of these families, showing an inspiring example to us all.” Jonathan Turner, Digital News/Entertainment – WHBF
The next film in the Hero Street Series
The Rundles are currently in production on the fifth in the series, “The Last to Fall from Hero Street” (John Muños’ story) which is slated for release in early 2024.
The documentaries were funded in part by grants from the Illinois Humanities, and Humanities Iowa with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly; the Moline Foundation; RDA; Quad Cities Community Foundation; and, through its fiscal sponsor the Black Box Theatre a Quad City Arts Dollars grant provided by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and John Deere.
Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and four-time Emmy® winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois. For more information visit HeroStreetMovie.com.