WVSU Capitol Center Theater to Host Sneak Peak of “37 Fallen” on Veterans Day

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
Nov. 5, 2014
WVSU Capitol Center Theater to Host Sneak Peak of “37 Fallen” on Veterans Day
Film Chronicles the Lives of West Virginians Who Died in Iraq, Afghanistan

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – A sneak peak of a film chronicling the lives of 37 West Virginians who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, will take place at a symposium on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Capitol Center Theater in downtown Charleston.

The film, “37 Fallen,” is the work of two WVSU senior communications students Calvin Grimm and Tyler Miller, and tells the stories of the lives of those West Virginians who died in the War on Terror through interviews with family members, military unit members and military historians.

The event is free and open to the public.

Grimm and Miller, who are both veterans themselves, produced, wrote and directed the film.

“I hope that people will come away understanding what it means for families of the fallen to have their loved ones remembered, honored and documented in a complete undying way through our efforts and our film,” said Miller, who served in the U.S. Army for eight years and completed tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he received a purple heart for being wounded in combat.

Work on the film began in 2013, and thus far has taken the pair of student filmmakers to 16 states, travelling more than 10,000 miles. The pair describe the film as a personal mission to document the lives and service of their 37 fallen fellow West Virginians.

Research and interviews for the film continue with family members and friends of the fallen West Virginians. Once completed, the pair plan to share the film through public viewings at schools, libraries, veterans’ non-profit organizations and distribute it through web-based video outlets, hard copy DVDs and film festivals. 

“The film will be donated to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the Drain-Jordan Library at WVSU where we hope it will serve to honor, educate and inspire others,” said Grimm, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 2003-2007 with one tour in Iraq.

Research for “37 Fallen” was funded by a $5,600 grant from the Promoting Excellence in Education through Research Program at WVSU and a $1,500 grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

In addition to the sneak peak of “37 Fallen,” Tuesday’s symposium will feature a keynote address by Shirley White, president of the West Virginia Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in military service.

The WVSU Capitol Center Theater is located at 123 Summers St. in Charleston.

For more information, contact Stephanie Robinson at (304) 222-3363 or visit www.facebook.com/37fallen.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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