The Amherst Fire District, Jensen Community Center and Amherst FFA will host a screening of the independent film, SILO on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in the Jensen Community Center Theater.
SILO is the first ever feature film about a grain entrapment, a possible tragedy agricultural communities face every day. Inspired by true events, SILO tells the story of Cody Rose, an 18-year-old who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town. As grain turns to quicksand; family, neighbors, and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations. The film may not be appropriate for children under the age of ten.
The film trailer can be found here: https://vimeo.com/297364026
SILO isn’t available online, or on DVD, and this event in the Jensen Community Center's theater is one-of-a-kind. The Amherst Fire District will bring their technical rescue trailer and equipment for display and to field questions. In addition to the screening, there will be a discussion following the film, using discussion points curated by the Grain Handling Safety Coalition. The discussion will also include information on readiness and resources in the Amherst community. The post-film discussion is designed to address the safety issues as well as other themes in the film that affect people in agricultural communities. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and water will be sold by the Amherst FFA for $1 each.
“Throughout the farming community it’s often hard to talk about grain entrapment because so many people have been hurt or killed… the movie will be something that people can really learn from.” - World-Grain.com
Community is not only at the heart of SILO, but is the core principle driving SILO's unique distribution strategy. The challenge of reaching a wide audience with an independent film has never been greater, and SILO filmmakers aim to team up with community organizers to both educate and entertain rural audiences nationwide. This screening is funded by the Amherst Fire District and Grinnell Mutual.
To attend this hosted screening, an online RSVP is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2674268382692541/ or call the Jensen Community Center at 715-824-5202.