church fire

After an alcohol-fueled shooting spree, one man lit a Bible on fire and used it as kindling to burn down a historic church.

The fourth season of the Marine Documentary Film Nights continues with a free screening of “Church of Felons.” It will be shown at the Marine Village Hall on Thurs., Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. 

The popular free screenings of documentary films are sponsored by the Marine Film Society and the Marine Community Library. The series will feature three more unique screenings on the first Thursday of the month in December, January and February. Each film in the series is free and open to the public. 

“Church of Felons: The Captivating True Story of Addiction, Loss, and Redemption” follows four recovering addicts in a rural Wisconsin church who agree to reveal hidden truths about their criminal pasts. When they speak the unspeakable, the shockwaves reverberate from their own families through the entire Polk County judicial system.

Film director Jordan Mederich returned to his hometown of Osceola, Wis., where his mother is a schoolteacher and his father the pastor of an evangelical church, and discovered that drug and alcohol addiction was taking a shocking toll on the community. Many of the victims of this addiction epidemic, Jordan learned, attended his father's church. As he became more and more outraged about the tragedy of addiction and the seeming indifference of the legal system, he knew that he needed to put his filmmaking skills to use to bring awareness and change.

Marine Documentary Film Series is supported by both Marine Library Association and a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. 

View the trailer at: https://vimeo.com/190623365.

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