While Linn County always thanks its local veterans on patriotic holidays, this Veteran’s Day there will be a special gift from which everyone can take inspiration. Reeltime Cinema in Brookfield will be premiering a special, one-time screening of Doughboy (The Movie) on Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m., and admission is free of charge. Furthermore, Doughboy writer and Producer Ty DeMartino will be attending the Brookfield screening to conduct a brief Q&A (Question and Answer) at the conclusion of the movie. Brookfield’s Reeltime Cinema is one of a handful of theaters across the U.S. selected to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day with the presentation of Doughboy, the critically acclaimed independent family drama about a young person learning about the sacrifices of our nation’s military.
Doughboy tells the story of an apathetic 16-year-old (Tory Hedderman, played by Barrett Carnahan) who begrudgingly moves with his pacifist parents from New York City to a small town in West Virginia. Tory has an ambition to someday direct historical films. Already angry about having to move away from the performing arts Mecca that New York is, Tory doesn’t feel the patriotism being openly expressed in his new home in West Virginia. Adding boredom to this adolescent’s issues sets the stage for the conflict to come. As the symbolic centerpiece of this movie, a statue of a WWI soldier (i.e., American Doughboy) on the town square of Tory’s new home sets up the story’s conflict and eventual resolution. Giving Torry an attitude adjustment seems like an impossibility until Jill Courtney—the story’s heroine, played by Emily Capehart—asserts her influence.
This is a family film about the nature of patriotism and what it takes to keep it alive. It’s a story about personal growth that contains the full range of human emotions, from grief to light-hearted humor, that can’t fail to convey an inspirational message about what it means to be an American.
The Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization of parents that evaluates family film content for violence, language, drugs, sex and nudity, has given its seal of approval: “We are very happy to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to Doughboy, and we believe it will inspire many people who see it and remind them that truly all things are possible to he who believes...We believe this film is suitable for all ages,” but parents can consult the Dove ratings at www.dove.org.
Local sponsors collaborating to bring Doughboy to Linn County were the Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, the Pershing Park Memorial Association, General Black Jack Pershing Post 4557, and Pershings Old Home American Legion Post 197. Although there is no price for admission, there will be an opportunity for patrons to make free-will donations to the developing Pershing Memorial Leadership Museum and Archives the day Doughboy is shown at Reeltime Cinema. There will also be door prizes. Local support for this museum is needed and appreciated. Seating for the movie will be on a first-come-first-served basis.