Several prominent New York actors and filmmakers have teamed up with local Iowans to make the independent film, “A Place for Heroes”, in Traer, Clutier, Toledo, and Tama County. LaCrosse, Wisconsin area writer/director Scott Thompson teamed up with Staten Island, New York producer Sam Borowski to make this World War II era drama set in Iowa. The film stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, 1990), Sally Kellerman (M*A*S*H, 1970), and Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, 1993), as well as up-and-coming actors Samatha Tuffarelli (Sesame Street), Bill Sorvino (Quantum Heaven, 2008), and Ben Easter (Pearl Harbor, 2001). Dozens of local veterans served as extras in the film.
The ZCBJ Hall in Clutier got the attention of Thompson when he did an independent film in Clutier, “Hometown”. The Hall has hardly changed since the 1940s and still contains some meomorabilia from the time period. The old-fashioned streets of Clutier offer a unique backdrop for the movie, which includes flashbacks to the 1940s.
Folks from Clutier, Traer, the Meskwaki Settlement, and Tama County provided a major portion of the $200,000+ budget. “A Place for Heroes” is set to be released in 2013, and will debut at several film festivals nationwide. The movie will then hit the big screens at selected theaters.