Today we are up in Eganville, Ontario, in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, preparing for the first interview for the film.
We are visiting the studio of Horst Maria Guilhauman, the artist who produced the print that inspired me to begin this project.
Growing up, there was a poster hanging on our basement wall. The poster pictured a man holding up a bright red stop sign, and there was some text delicately printed beside the figure. As a child, I never really took the time to read the text, nor to really give the image much thought… but it was always there. It was only once I became an adult, and my father gave the print to me, that I became fascinated with the man in the picture, who I would learn was Frank Groff.
The journey of discovery that has morphed into this documentary began in 2008, when I made some inquiries amongst local historians about Frank Groff’s history. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became, and my hunger for more information grew.
Now, 7 years later, I am finally officially beginning production on this documentary. I’m very excited to share this story with the public, and am anxious to learn more about the inspirational story of The General… a man who did things his own way, refused to conform, and who was loved & protected by his community.
We are in the pre-production stage of a documentary film telling the fascinating story of Frank Groff, The Bridgeport General. Production is set to begin Summer 2015, and will likely continue throughout 2016.
We are trying to track down anybody who lived in the Bridgeport area in the 1960s and 1970s (or earlier) who may have memories, stories, or photos to share.
Specific people we are trying to locate include:
Mrs Henry Hartman
Betty Ann Bagley
Please help us tell this captivating bit of local history, and hopefully earn him his rightful place in the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.
If you remember The General, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.