DeKALB – DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen remembered the triumph of Lehan Drugs’ decision to refrain from selling cigarettes. He remembered the heartache of Feb. 14, 2008. He even remembered his first job in DeKalb as a waiter.
For 70 minutes, Povlsen relived some of the biggest moments that have shaped DeKalb during his viewing of “Wired: The DeKalb Documentary” Monday at the Egyptian Theatre.
“It shows the rich history of this community and the people who lived it,” Povlsen said. “It’s a great combination of showing the strength and nurturing of the community today and
the vibrant history of the past.”
Residents will have their chance to view the Shela Lahey production at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Egyptian Theatre in the kickoff to the second annual Sycamore Film Festival.
A red carpet walk at 6:30 p.m. and a chance to meet with some of the 57 residents who were interviewed for the film will precede the screening.
Lahey, who produced last year’s Sycamore documentary and organizes the festival, said it was difficult editing more than 40 hours of footage into a 70-minute film, but she was confident the
end result would excite the audience.
“When I was filming this, I was really impressed with the impact DeKalb has had on the whole world,” Lahey said of major city
accomplishments such as the development of barbed wire and hybridization of seed corn.
The film features stories about prominent DeKalb figures including Jacob Haish and Clinton Rosette, as well as more recent history, such as the stories of The Junction Eating Place and Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant.
Matt Duffy, executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, said the film did an excellent job capturing the history of local businesses, education, family life and innovation in DeKalb.
“The people who were part of the film seemed to really enjoy it,” he said. “I think it’s a great piece that a lot of people will love ... and it will bring back memories.”
Like the Sycamore documentary last year, “Wired” moved Debbie Armstrong to tears.
Armstrong, the executive director of the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the segment on the Northern Illinois University campus shooting of 2008 was especially powerful as a painful reminder of loss, but also an inspiring reminder of how the university and city came together.
“It was very touching,” Armstrong said. “It was one of our biggest tragedies and one of our finest hours.”
Copies of the film will be sold at Wednesday’s premiere for $15.
The movie will also be available at Moxie, Lehan Drugs and Sweet Earth in Sycamore during the film festival. Admission for the premiere is $5 for children, $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
Tickets can be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre box office or at the door.