ROCK SPRINGS — “Dear Sirs,” a film about honoring and remembering the history of those who fought in WWII by retracing the journey of American POW Silvio Pedri, will show this week at the Broadway Theatre.
Filmmaker Mark Pedri had never heard Silvio’s story, but 10 years after his grandfather’s death, he found an archive of old photos and letters that changed the rest of his life. The discovery, inspired Mark to bike more than 500 miles across Europe, following the original prisoner transportation routes, in an effort to illuminate his grandfather’s experiences and better understand the man who raised him.
It’s a great opportunity to bring communities together to honor the service of veterans, and also to encourage people to connect about some of the complicated experiences encountered during war. In order to show the film, American Legion Posts across the United States are holding screenings of the film in their communities.
The “Dear Sirs” fall screening tour will kick off in right here in Rock Springs with a premiere hosted by American Legion Archie Hay Post 24. From there, they will travel to Richmond, Virginia, to screen the film for a group of WWII veterans from Silvio’s division (95th Infantry Division), and their families. Starting in January, they will start rolling out screenings in as many places as possible across the United States.
The friends and family screening of the film will take place Thursday, September 23, at the Broadway Theater, located at 618 Broadway St. in Downtown Rock Springs. Doors open at 6:50 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7:15 p.m.
Special guests include the composer of the music in the film, James Craft, who will be joining with his wife Anna Corcoran to perform an excerpt from the score before the screening. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, masks will be required at this event.
The public screening will take place Saturday, September 25, at the Broadway Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 5:45 p.m. Members of Post 24 will begin the event with the presenting of the colors followed by the film.
A meet-and-greet with the filmmakers will take place at the American Legion Archie Hay Post 24 directly following the screening. Due to the current COVID-19 wave, the Silvio family and filmmakers respectively request attendees to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to preregister here.
To see a trailer of the documentary, click here.
About the filmmakers
Mark is an expedition-based documentary filmmaker and writer from Southwestern Wyoming where he tells stories from off the beaten path. Carrie McCarthy is a scientist turned producer who got her start working as a scientific film consultant. During her time in academia, McCarthy was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her research, which has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences worldwide.