“Gripping,” was the word Mary Soyring used to describe the film “Older Than America,” after seeing it last week in Cloquet.
Soyring was one of more than 600 film-goers who flocked to sold-out screenings of the film at Premiere Theatres last Thursday. Cloquet resident Rose Swenson had a small role as an extra in a rally scene, but said even if she hadn’t made the final cut, she still would have gone to the screening.
Films are perhaps the greatest vehicles for grabbing the modern attention span. And sometimes, a film based on a true story or historical event is one of the only ways people learn about the past.
Far too often, we live in the here and now, focused on what the current picture shows us. We don’t know, or don’t care, about what came before, and what led us to the current picture.
Cloquet will host the first Northland screening of a film with local ties – Older Than America. As of Monday evening, both screenings were sold out, according to Rick Stowell of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet.
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