What Happened at the Veterans Home? Film Event - ACADEMY OF MUSIC




What Happened at the Veterans Home? Film Event

Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 pm

All patrons MUST present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test (within 72 hours prior to showtime) and a valid ID, and wear a mask inside the theater while not eating or drinking. Children under the age of 12 that cannot get a vaccine – MUST provide a negative PCR test and wear a mask.

The Academy will hold all shows at full capacity.  Click here to read our health and safety policy.

Join us for a special screening and discussion of the award-winning new indie film, What Happened at the Veterans Home? written, directed, produced, and scored by local musician and filmmaker Laura Wetzler.

Nervy Girl Films presents the community premiere of What Happened at the Veterans Home? Starring Sonya Joyner, Judith Nelson Dilday, Rydia Q. Vielehr, and Robin Burdulis. This powerful fictional drama inspired by worldwide events is resonating with audiences internationally, and is an Official Selection at 25 film festivals, winning Best Feature Film in Athens, Best Screenplay in Paris, Best Actress (Sonya Joyner) in Naples, and Best Humanitarian Film in Prague.

50 min. film followed by Q & A. 

Appropriate for adults and children age 12 and up

A disabled Vet, her nurse daughter, and a care worker/CNA caught dead center in the pandemic nursing home tragedy refuse to be silenced.

Shot safely mid-pandemic in Florence, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Agawam, Ma, this poignant drama centers on the intertwined lives of three fictional characters: Gloria Michaels, a blunt, charismatic disabled Veteran with a sense of humor; her daughter Gwen Michaels, an overwhelmed hospital nurse; and Mary Emmett, a hardworking CNA care aide and whistleblower, who reveal the truth of what really went on inside of a fictional nursing home during the early days of the pandemic to an inquiring reporter we never see. Mary’s own loss is slowly revealed. These are women you want to know, who share harrowing personal experiences directly with the audience in a series of intimate scenes. Gloria, Gwen, and Mary never shrink from hard truths or shy away from their grief. Still they manage to mine their wit, anger, and strength to demand better and fight on.

Emotional, powerful, and inspiring.

In addition, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to: WESOLDIERON.org in Leeds, MA and NABMW.org
“What Happened at the Veterans Home? is a drama that tells a deeper truth, beautifully crafted and performed…”
Karen Skolfield, US Army veteran & Poet Laureate for Northampton, MA

Watch the movie trailer below or at: laurawetzler.com

Show Date/Time:
Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Doors at 1:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$18 - $20 + taxes & fees

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online using the button on the top right (scroll to the bottom of the page if using mobile), or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
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