The Danzell Calhoun directed ‘The Peace Pox’ premieres December 22 in Bay City

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In time for Christmas, the Danzell Calhoun directed “The Peace Pox” will premiere December 22,  at 2 p.m. at Bay City’s Westown Theater, 611 E. Midland St.

A history-based film“The Peace Pox” chronicles the Christmas Truce of 1914, when World War 1 soldiers on both sides temporarily stopped fighting when lives of two sergeants, one German and one British, reflect back on their lives and realize that they have a common connection.

Written and produced by Rodney Merten, directed by Danzell Calhoun the film was spearheaded by a local crew and was filmed locally in Fairgrove, Bay City, and other northern Michigan locations. Filming sites included Hyatt Ewald Funeral Home in Bay City and First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw.

To add to the realism of the film,   Calhoun and the crew were out in below zero temperatures for multiple 12-hour days filming. Working in freezing cold actual trenches that filled with water, just like the trenches from World War I,  the crew was required to work through tough conditions.  The cast and crew were joined by dedicated reenactors who joined them for the film and gave them many tips and pointers.

Says Danzell Calhoun, “This is my third and what I feel, the best feature that I have directed to date. Please come out and see the magic this cast and crew created in subzero temperatures for 12+ hours a night. You will be entertained, educated and inspired by this film. ”

Tickets are available in advance for $10 by contacting or 989-372-2858 or at the door for $12.

Or can viewed for a limited time online at

Peace Pox was presented by


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