Series runs Fridays at 6 pm from February 21 – March 28, 2014
(Bradenton, FL) The Film Fridays series “An American Legacy” features moving portrayals of U.S. military troops and events throughout recent history, focusing on intimate stories behind the heroics. In partnership with the Legacy of Valor campaign and the Manatee County Veterans Council, “An American Legacy” highlights the personal sacrifices and patriotic spirit exhibited by our American troops. The Legacy of Valor, a campaign created by the Patterson Foundation, endeavors to connect with the community to create and share a mosaic of events that honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom. The series runs Friday evenings at 6 pm from February 21 through March 28, 2014. (See individual film listing & schedule below.) Film Fridays programs cost $5 General Admission, $3 Museum Members – seating is limited; reservations are required, contact 941-746-4131, ext. 13 or visit us online at SouthFloridaMuseum.org to RSVP.
In addition to the films in the series, the program will offer visitors the special opportunity to view related materials and artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections, as well as personal items borrowed from the private collections of community members, adding both a personal touch and historical context to the military stories presented in the movies themselves. These items will be on display in the Planetarium Lobby during daily Museum hours as well as at the film screenings in special exhibit cases changing weekly throughout the run of the series. The Museum is proud to welcome special guests from the Manatee County Veterans Council and the Legacy of Valor campaign at each film presentation.
There will be a series Opening Reception for ticketholders and invited guests on February 21 at 5 pm, before the first film screening. The Museum and the Legacy of Valor will additionally offer free admission to the film series for veterans and their families (up to 6 people per family, 60 admissions per screening), advanced reservations required. Please call 941-746-4131, ext. 13 for details and reservations.
Film Listing & Schedule:
February 21 – Sergeant York (1941) Not Rated, 134 minutes. Gary Cooper stars in Howard Hawks’ portrayal of Alvin York – a man with deep pacifist convictions who must come to terms with these beliefs when sent into combat during World War I. The film, which earned Cooper an Academy Award as Best Actor, examines York’s origin in the hills of Tennessee through his return home as a war hero.
February 28 – M*A*S*H (1970) Rated R, 116 minutes. The staff of a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) unit use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the gruesome realities of the Korean War. M*A*S*H, directed by Robert Altman and starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman, stands as one of the most original and enduring military films ever made.
March 7 – From Here to Eternity (1953) Not Rated, 118 minutes. Based on the bestselling novel by James Jones, this World War II drama chronicles the lives and loves of soldiers on an army base in Honolulu just days before the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. Incorporating actual WWII footage, the all-star film and winner of eight Academy Awards features Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed and Deborah Kerr.
March 14 – Rescue Dawn (2006) Rated PG-13, 125 minutes. This film tells the true story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, a German-American shot down and captured in Laos during the Vietnam War. Dengler was brutally tortured along with his fellow captives, but through sheer force of will organized a death-defying escape. Christian Bale stars in this film written and directed by Werner Herzog.
March 21 – So Proudly We Hail (1943) Not Rated, 126 minutes. A stirring, patriotic drama of the romance and heroism of a team of World War II Army Nurses who fought side by side with the men of Bataan and Corregidor. One of the most popular and successful films of the wartime era, featuring Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and topped by Paulette Goddard’s Oscar-nominated performance.
March 28 – Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (2007) Not Rated, 60 minutes. This unflinching documentary has actor James Gandolfini interviewing 10 soldiers who came back home with injuries from the war in Iraq. The soldiers speak movingly about their brush with death, their reception when they came home and then what the future holds now that they are irrevocably changed.
About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
About Legacy of Valor
Legacy of Valor is a campaign that rallies our community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to
others. A mosaic of community-driven partnerships will educate and focus the community to use time, talent and treasure to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans and their families. For more information, please visit