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Cadets Join Stars for ‘Lost Shoes’ Screening

FullTextImage/img/@altCadets march past the capitol prior to the private screening of 'Field of Lost Shoes.' See more photos at VMInews.tumblr.com. -- VMI Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., April 14, 2014 -- More than 250 cadets joined a full house in Richmond’s Carpenter Theatre yesterday evening for a private screening of Field of Lost Shoes.  

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam ’81, Dominion Resources CEO Thomas Farrell, and actors Jason Isaacs, Luke Benward, Nolan Gould, Mary Mouser, and Josh Zuckerman were among those on hand for the event, along with descendants of some of the cadets who fought at New Market in 1864.

Prior to the screening, the cadets marched from the Carpenter Theatre to the Virginia State Capitol, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe remarked on the significance of the film before members of the Corps passed in review.

The film follows a group of cadets through wartime life in barracks and depicts their actions leading up to the Battle of New Market, in which the Corps played a pivotal role.

The Institute’s historic grounds were used throughout the film, with current cadets and recent graduates taking part in the production last summer.   Prominent locations include Old Barracks, the Turman House, and the Maury House.

“I thought the views and portrayal of the Old Barracks and the Institute were awesome sights to see on the big screen,” said 2nd Lt. Sean Noll ’13. “And the views of parades were magnificent.”

The film featured scenes from the 2013 New Market parade and ceremony.  The film’s release coincides with the 150th anniversary of the battle.

 “This film shows the wider world what we in the VMI community already know about the cadets of 1864 -- their camaraderie, their bonds, their values -- and how the Battle of New Market brought out the traits we work to instill in today’s cadets,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, VMI superintendent.

The friendship among the characters is indicative of the brother rat spirit that pervaded the Corps then as it does now.

“The film does an excellent job at showing the public VMI’s roots and part of why we stand for the values that we do,” said Noll.  “The overarching themes of friendship through the hardships found at the time are excellent examples of where our ‘BR Spirit’ is founded.”

Ten cadets lost their lives as a result of the battle, and the film portrays the deep sense of loss felt among the surviving cadets.

“The film is also unflinching in showing the horror of war.  It is important that as we honor the cadets who fought in the battle and those who died that we also recognize just how terrible the experience was that they went though,” said Peay.

To see more photos of the screening and the parade, visit VMInews.tumblr.com.

--John Robertson IV

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