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Pollack Films Presents Fields Of Gold

January 14 @ 2:30 PM

$10

Pollack Films presents
Fields of Gold
The Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Story of A.E. Staley
with Emmy Award Winning Narrator Peter Coyote

Sunday, January 14
Showtimes: 2:30 PM & 6:00 PM
Tickets: $10
Tickets available at Brightside Gallery (170 Worth St) CASH ONLY
or Online at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/pollack-films-76463502853

“Fields of Gold”: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Barefoot Farmer to Sports Pioneer and Industrialist Who Built a Billion-Dollar Empire: A.E. Staley

Local sites featured in the film include the Patterson Cottage Museum and Shiloh Methodist Church in Liberty, NC, The original Staley Farm in Julian, NC and Climax, NC and the Whitaker Farms in Climax, NC along with sites in Chapel Hill, NC. Rev. Randy Garner, great-nephew of A.E. Staley, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance.

Staley Doc “Fields of Gold” Premieres in Asheboro, North Carolina on January 14, 2024

“Fields Of Gold”: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Barefoot Farmer to Sports Pioneer and Industrialist Who Built a Billion-Dollar Empire: A.E. Staley

Los Angeles, CA, December 15, 2023– Pollack Films announced today that the inspirational documentary film “Fields of Gold” will make its North Carolina premiere on January 14, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, North Carolina. The world premiere held August 18 at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills and the hometown premiere held September 16 at the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, Illinois were both received with packed houses and much acclaim.

Local sites featured in the film include the Patterson Cottage Museum and Shiloh Methodist Church in Liberty, NC, The original Staley Farm in Julian, NC and Climax, NC and the Whitaker Farms in Climax, NC along with sites in Chapel Hill, NC. Rev. Randy Garner, great-nephew of A.E. Staley, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance.

Written and directed by Regional Emmy Award-winner Julie Staley of Spencer Films and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, this documentary chronicles the incredible journey of Augustus Eugene Staley, born in 1867, from barefoot farmer to the founder and leader of an agricultural empire. The film features Mr. Staley’s ownership of turn-of-twentieth-century baseball and football teams called the Decatur Staleys. The Decatur Staleys football squad led by George Halas, Charles “Chic” Harley, and Edward “Dutch” Sternaman played in Chicago in 1921 and then became the Chicago Bears in 1922.

The film is produced by Michael Pollack, who has recently inked a five-picture financing deal out of Europe and is currently negotiating a four-picture deal out of New York; “Pollack Films is a production company dedicated to creating compelling and impactful films. “We aim to inspire and entertain audiences with stories that make a difference. We want folks to leave the theatre feeling that they have seen a film that matters,” said Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films.

Executive produced by Mark Staley, and the late Grant Staley, both great-grandsons of A.E. Staley, this film is an important family legacy project. In addition, the movie is of monumental importance to the Decatur, Illinois, community. It is supported by The Herald & Review newspaper and The Staley Museum.

Executive Producer Arthur Allan Seidelman who has collected his share of awards supervised the post-production. His awards include two Emmys, the Peabody, the Humanitas, the Western Heritage, several Christophers, and numerous film festival awards. He also recently received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Whittier College, his alma mater. Mr. Seidelman leading the post-production team was instrumental in crafting “Fields of Gold,” guiding the film to shine bright.

The film is also executive produced by Lauren McGill and George Veras. Mr. Veras is a 10-time Emmy Award-winning producer and former COO and Executive Producer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

“Fields of Gold” brings the audience along on the captivating journey of A.E. Staley, a man with a 3rd-grade education who defied all odds to become a pioneering figure in both the agricultural industry and the world of professional sports. The documentary vividly portrays Staley’s unwavering commitment to his employees, his customers, and his community. Throughout his career, Staley demonstrated selflessness and compassion, going above and beyond to take care of his workers during a time when social support systems were lacking.

“What impressed me the most about Gene Staley’s story was that despite the hardships he faced to build his manufacturing business in Decatur, Illinois, in the early 1900s, he cared more about people than money,” said Pollack. “This man went through a lot, lost it all, rolled the dice, and lost again, but he always took care of people. He was selfless. This is what made Staley a success.”

The film also explores Staley’s philanthropic endeavors, from providing sick leave and vacation time to his employees, to personally delivering food during times of hardship. Despite facing numerous challenges, including the Great Depression, Staley’s steadfast determination and vision enabled him to navigate through adversity and emerge as a visionary leader.

At a time when the U.S. Congress had voted against a bill for paid sick leave and vacation time, Staley’s company was one of the few that provided those paid benefits and a death benefit for its employees.

During the Great Depression (1929-1938), though his company struggled, Staley reduced employees’ hours by 33% without cutting their pay. Moreover, he expanded the workforce by 200 employees, resulting in a substantial $1 million increase in the company’s payroll—a staggering figure by today’s standards. “He protected the entire community during this treacherous economy. Staley’s emphasis on employee safety was a top priority that he emphasized every day from the Staley Manufacturing Company plant’s first day of operation,” Pollack added.

“One of Gene’s most ambitious endeavors was the fellowship club which he created for both employee benefits at work and personal social time,” stated Writer and Director Julie Staley, and also a Producer on the project.”The fellowship club gave workers a sense of community and family, eventually leading Gene to create athletic teams. The most notable being a football team the Decatur Staleys, led by George Halas, which later became the Chicago Bears.”

“Fields of Gold” seamlessly blends historical documentation with engaging storytelling elements to provide viewers with a comprehensive and immersive experience. Through meticulous editing techniques, including incorporating movement in still photographs and using stock footage and reenactment footage, the film transports audiences to the era in which Staley lived and worked, creating a visually captivating narrative.

With its balanced representation of Staley’s achievements in both the agricultural and sporting realms, “Fields of Gold” promises to leave a lasting impact on viewers and contribute to a deeper understanding of his transformative journey, leadership, and the enduring power of titans like Augustus Eugene Staley.

Details

Date:
January 14
Time:
2:30 PM
Cost:
$10
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.asheboronc.gov/theatre_detail_T61_R177.php

Venue

Sunset Theatre
234 Sunset Ave
Asheboro, NC 27203 United States
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