By Tami Jackson
Ride the Thunder is so pleased to be opening today in Prescott, AZ.
Venue: Harkins Prescott Valley 14, 7202 Pav Way, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
10:45 AM 1:30 PM 4:15 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 PM
Stateside filming was done in Prescott — so this is literally a homecoming event. And has Prescott ever made us feel welcome!
The Prescott Daily Courier gave us a glowing front page article by Jason Wheeler, “‘Ride the Thunder’ tells the missing story of Vietnamese Marines and their ‘Always Faithful’ advisers.”
The VFW has overwhelmingly supported us, which is terrific because those are the Vets we seek to honor.
Executive Producer Rich Botkin, Director Fred Koster, and others will be present prior to the Friday 7:00PM showing to meet attendees and hand out (sign) movie posters.
And on Saturday there will be a big event at 5:30PM, as written up by Jason Wheeler in the Daily Courier:
“Ride the Thunder,” the Vietnam War film directed by Fred Koster, based on a story written by Richard Botkin, is hitting Harkins Theater on Friday, June 19, staying until Thursday, June 25.
Originally, a meet and greet with cast and crew was planned for Sat. June 20; however, this has become a bigger event with multiple veterans organizations.
Koster said that the film is becoming more than a movie and is turning into an event.
Kermit Hunt, the chaplain at Granite Mountain Home Care and Hospice has been organizing with various veterans organizations. Hunt said that the Vietnam Vet Center was so excited about the movie and its meaning that they allied themselves with the VFW and other veteran organizations.
“Everybody gets to meet one another,” Hunt said. “It’s an amazing thing this has done…. Bringing all of us together to help veterans.”
Hunt said it’s going from making a difference to making an impact, bringing healing and closure to Vietnam veterans.
Beginning at 5:30PM, Saturday, June 20, folks can meet the cast and crew of Ride the Thunder movie, plus witness the event honoring our Veterans.
All in all, the Prescott premiere is poised to be our biggest yet!
The screenings are selling out, so consider buying your tickets in advance at Harkins and be part of history unfolding as Ride the Thunder movie begins to tell all of America the TRUTH about the Vietnam War!