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Gainesville Daily Register
The City of Gainesville, recently named the “Most Patriotic Town in America,” was one of 13 American cities to premiere the independent film “Doughboy,” which celebrates American patriotism and the service and sacrifice of military veterans.
Screening events included a special presentation this week at the State Theater on California Street. Speaking before a large crowd, “Doughboy” executive producer Robin Capehart said that when given the choice of introducing his film in one of the premiere cities, he chose Gainesville immediately.
“There is no place I'd rather be with our film than the country's most patriotic city,” Capehart said.
“Doughboy” offers a simple story, told well. A disaffected teenager moves from New York City to a small town in West Virginia — and there he must learn about the past sacrifices of individuals in the United States military after he is caught vandalizing the town's World War I “doughboy” statue. The young man, raised as a pacifist, is sentenced to perform community service at a local veterans home where he meets veterans and staff who challenge his view of the world.
The Gainesville premiere of “Doughboy” was part of a nationwide screening program during the week of Veterans Day that is intended to pave the way for the movie's limited national release during early 2013. Capehart said the movie celebrates veterans, and was created as a “thank you” to men and women in service.
The Gainesville screening was admission-free, though donations were made to the community's “Medal of Honor Host City Program,” which now in its 12th year. The program has attracted approximately 40 recipients of the nation's highest award for valor. Due to the program’s influence, more than 12,000 area students have received a message of patriotism, service, courage and personal integrity.
For more information about the movie or the program, visit www.doughboythemovie.com or www.moh-hostcityprogram.com.