Fort McCoy News August 22, 2014

'Fort McCoy' movie to debut in Tomah, La Crosse

MILWAUKEE — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, announced Aug. 18 the award-winning "Fort McCoy" movie debuts in Wisconsin at Ho-Chunk Cinema in Tomah and Cinema Theatre in La Crosse on Friday, Sept. 5.

With a good portion of the film shot at Fort McCoy and in La Crosse, these local markets get the first opportunity in the state to see the movie.

"Fort McCoy" is a drama, written, co-produced and co-directed by Kate Connor, who also stars in the film, playing her real-life grandmother. Based on a true story, she shares the experience of her mother's family in the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy in the summer of 1944.

Connor's grandparents, Frank and Ruby Stirn, move to Fort McCoy for Frank to become a barber for the American Army. Upset that he cannot fight, Frank takes a stand when a Nazi SS officer threatens his wife. The film continues by telling that story and others, representing the family's time at Fort McCoy.

"We are excited to have this movie released in Wisconsin so close to the Fort McCoy installation," said Linda Fournier, Fort McCoy Public Affairs officer. "There is a rich history at the base, and many people in the surrounding area feel a connection to it and are eager to see the movie."

The Wisconsin debut of the 100-minute "Fort McCoy" movie is Friday, Sept. 5 at the two Marcus Theatres closest to the base, including the Ho-Chunk Cinema in Tomah and Cinema Theatre in La Crosse.

While an independent film, "Fort McCoy" picked up more than 20 awards and accolades, including Best Drama at Cannes Independent Film Festival, plus Connor won Best Actress at the Milan International Film Festival. This year, Monterey Media, Inc. acquired North American rights to distribute the movie, which has a limited release planned for summer.

"Marcus Theatres is thrilled to be the first cinemas in Wisconsin to present this film to the Fort McCoy community," said Rolando Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer for Marcus Theatres. "In fact, on September 3, there is an invitation-only, premiere showing of the movie at the Ho-Chunk Cinema intended primarily for the military at Fort McCoy. This is Marcus Theatres' way of recognizing the connection between the movie and the base in a special way."

For more information about showtimes for "Fort McCoy," visit and search Ho-Chunk or La Crosse Cinemas.