(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced today that a new short documentary titled “Being TR” will have a pre-release screening this Tuesday at the North Dakota Heritage Center with the filmmaker, Samuel Sprynczynatyk.
In addition to the screening, TRMF will announce a good-will tour to France, led by Medora’s TR, to celebrate the life and death of President Roosevelt’s youngest son, Quentin, who perished 100 years ago while fighting over the battlefields of WWI.
A press conference and film screening will be held:
Tuesday, April 24
Great Plains Theater, ND Heritage Center, Bismarck, ND
Members of the public and media are invited to join the event to see the screening, hear remarks from the filmmaker and Theodore Roosevelt.
The short documentary was shot late in the summer of 2017 by Samuel Sprynczynatyk, his significant other, Medora, and in collaboration with Joe Wiegand and TRMF. The short has been entered in film festivals around the region, and after Tuesday’s first-public screening, it will be released more broadly.
On July 14, 1918, Bastille Day, Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, U.S. Army Air Corps – 95th Aero Squadron and youngest child of President & Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, made the ultimate sacrifice for French freedom, while flying during the final months of World War One.
Had Quentin returned from his morning mission, he would have been in charge of music for a local Bastille Day celebration. Exactly 100 years after Quentin’s death in battle, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will send a troupe of American musicians and actors on a performance pilgrimage to France, to play the music and salute the friendship of the people of France and the United States.
The troupe and TRMF are currently accepting contributions to help fund the tour, with over $6,000 raised of a $20,000 goal.
A full schedule of the tour and fundraising information can be found at: MEDORA.COM/Quentin100
About the film maker, Samuel Sprynczynatyk
Samuel is an Award Winning Independent Documentary Filmmaker in North Dakota whose passion is telling stories and capturing moments with a visual and emotional beauty. He has been working in film for over 10 years and have had experience in most every style of filmmaking.
He is a one man band and has been self taught — handling each film project from start to finish, from pre-production all the way to the final color grade. He brings a very naturalistic style to his filmmaking. He strives to tell stories that make a difference in this world.
See more of Samuel’s work at: www.samuelspry.com/
About the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is a public non-profit organization that was formed in 1986 by a multi-million dollar gift from Harold Schafer and his family – most famously known as the founders of the Gold Seal Company, the maker of Mr. Bubble, Glass Wax and other nationally-known household products.
For Harold, the beauty and history of Medora and the Badlands was just too much to let disappear with the sands of time – so he made it his life’s work to save it for generations to come. He began his labor of love in 1962, revitalized what we know today as the Medora Musical in 1965. Harold continued giving to the historic cow town frequented by Theodore Roosevelt, the Marquis de Mores, and many-a rough-and-tumble westerner until his passing in 2001.
Today, we at TRMF strive to accomplish its mission to preserve, present, and serveall that Harold loved about Medora by operating history, education, entertainment businesses that allow the traveling public to fully enjoy the beautiful North Dakota Badlands.
Through the contributions and teamwork of a board of directors, a full time staff of 45, 300 seasonal employees, over 500 seasonal volunteers, and financial backing from generous supporters, TRMF connects people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.