CHILLICOTHE -- Chillicothe Christian Films (CCF), a partnership between the Heart of Illinois Christian Movie Central and nine area churches, will be hosting its final film of 2018 on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Chillicothe Town Theater, with “Summer of ’67.”
The 6 p.m. start time is to allow the writer/director Sharon Wilharm and her husband Fred, who produced the film, to share about making the film, which looks at that key summer of our nation’s life from the perspective of a small town and relationships as various young men learn they are being sent off to war.
A key event from that summer, shared offscreen in the film, is the catastrophe on the USS FORRESTAL, where a fire led to a rocket launch and fire which claimed over 130 lives. Sharon’s father survived this incident, leading to serving an important role in the film. Sharon has said some of the greatest blessings of the film has been the feedback from people who lived through the era, especially veterans.
Here is a response shared on Facebook from George Kirby. “I was a FORRESTAL crew member (OI Division) on the WESTPAC’67 cruise and survived the fires, missiles and bombs with just minor injuries. I also experienced the war protestors when I came home. I was a bundle of emotions watching this from start to stop. I highly recommend this movie to all, especially those who lived through the late 60s. Well done and well-acted. Bravo Zulu!”
The film is free thanks to the partnership of the nine churches listed below, but a donations container will be available at the entrance and exit of the theater which will be put toward Chillicothe Christian Film nights in 2019.
CCF welcomes additional church partners or business/individual donations, which can be made through Men of AIM (MenofAIM.org).
Current partners are Chillicothe Assembly of God, Chillicothe Northwoods, First Baptist of Sparland, Chillicothe Bible, Chillicothe First United Methodist Men’s Club, LaPrairie United Presbyterian, Mossville Methodist, First United Presbyterian of Henry, and Chillicothe Christian.
Questions may be directed to Men of AIM Ministry Director, Rich Gerberding by email to Rich@MenofAIM.org or phone (evenings please) 309-253-6947.