LANSING, Mich. –PRLog — For over twenty-five years Collective Development Inc. (CDI) has been creating motion pictures. An elite tribe of artists who tell a variety of stories often in various time periods. Nothing makes history come to life the way a movie does and surprisingly so many themes and lessons in the film are applicable to today’s happenings.
CDI’s next film “Silent Night in Alagone” showcases a unique piece of history nearly forgotten. During WW2, the US housed thousands of German PoW soldiers in Midwest PoW Camps. This story centers on the main camp in Algona, Iowa where something quite special happened. Based on actual events, this story was filmed in November of 2021 from a script by DJ Perry and directed by Anthony Hornus, best known for his previous CDI film “MBF: Man’s Best Friend.”
The film examines life in 1944 from several perspectives as the lack of manpower and heavy rationing caused factories to use German PoW labor. This gave rise to the idea that perhaps these soldiers could be used on family farms also in demand for labor. But having prisoners out to the farms amongst families initially caused quite an outcry.
Our story examines one of the first farms in the area to use PoW labor. The family featured in our story is loosely based upon the actual Tietz family. Businessman Don Tietz and his charity foundation were a large catalyst for making this project go. The film currently has the first edit and is being trimmed down to its final runtime. Meanwhile, a teaser trailer is being released ahead of the first premiere showing slated for December 2022 before Christmas, in Algona, Iowa.
Here is the first look at the teaser trailer for SILENT NIGHT IN ALGONA-
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