Updated: Nov 2, 2019
STATEN ISLAND, NY - In preparation for this year’s Veterans Day, the Staten Island Film Institute (SIFI), has partnered together with Historic Richmond Town (HRT) to present the Staten Island Premiere screening of the documentary film The Field Afar: The Life Story of Father Vincent Capodanno.
Tickets can be purchased HERE.
As Staten Islanders, many are familiar with Father Capodanno’s name from the boulevard, but are unaware of his incredible and heroic life story. Filmmakers Tim Moriarity and Jake Ehrlich of New York discovered this story and worked together with Father Capodanno’s family members and those who served alongside him to tell his story with accuracy, honor, and emotion.
Vincent Capodanno was born in Staten Island, New York, in 1929. He grew up the youngest of ten, hearing tales of adventure from his older brothers who had served in WWII. After the war ended, Vincent dreamt of his own service in distant lands and eventually became a Maryknoll missionary. He was assigned to serve in a remote region of Taiwan and was quickly embroiled in the politics of the region as it was a relative flashpoint for the cold war. After he was inexplicably transferred out of his post, he decided to leave his Maryknoll position to become a chaplain to the Marine Corps during the Vietnam war.
After arriving 'in country,' Fr. Capodanno quickly earned the nickname, the “Grunt Padre,” because of his service to the soldiers and his willingness to subject himself to the same dangers and hardships as the infantry around him. He put himself in harm's way in some of the fiercest fighting in Vietnam. This is the account of those who knew him and fought alongside of him. This is the story of the lives he touched and influenced on his way to winning the Medal of Honor.
WATCH THE FIELD AFAR TRAILER
Two Staten Island screenings of the film will take place on Saturday, November 9th at 1PM and 3PM at the Courthouse at Historic Richmond Town. Outside of the Courthouse before the first film screening at 12:30PM, SIFI has arranged a Veterans Honor Ceremony together with the Staten Island chapters of Rolling Thunder, Blue Knights, Rotary Club, FDNY, and the NYPD - complete with a motorcycle procession, bagpiper, and a prayer led by local clergy. "This is a story and ceremony close to my heart, and those in our organization", said Rich Marchese V.P of the Staten Island Film Institute. "...and as a Staten Islander it's even more important to share and promote positive stories about our past and culture, especially when it involves our brave Veterans".
Tickets for the film screening are only $10 for general admission and can be purchased online HERE.
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