Troop greeter film to get national showing on Veterans Day

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 8:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — So far, Bill Knight has seen 36 showings of the documentary film “The Way We Get By.”

For his 37th time, Knight will share the movie about three Bangor International Airport troop greeters — Knight himself is one of the central characters — with the rest of the country on Veterans Day.

The film, directed by Old Town native Aron Gaudet, will be broadcast nationwide at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Public Broadcasting System show “P.O.V.” that features documentary films.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network, based in Lewiston, will broadcast the movie that night and will re-air it at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

“[The showing on Veterans Day] is about as special as you can get it,” Knight said Monday morning while hosting a group of Westbrook High School students who traveled to BIA and met with some troop greeters for a project about Veterans Day.

“The basic story is that just because we’re ancient people, we still have the ability to greet the troops and thank them for what they’re doing for us,” he added.

Knight said he plans to watch the movie with some friends in Hampden, where he is now living.

Knight and fellow main characters Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet have traveled this year all over the country, including a recent trip to Washington, D.C., where they met with Vice President Joe Biden, to promote the film and participate in question-and-answer sessions.

The movie recently was made available for purchase through its Web site.

The film continues to win acclaim. The Cinema Eye Honors, which recognizes nonfiction filmmaking, recently announced “The Way We Get By” is a nominee for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Film Feature. The awards ceremony is Jan. 15 in New York City.

The movie won the New England Award at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival in September.

Gaudet and Mundy appeared Sunday morning on the television show “FOX and Friends” to discuss the film.

In the next two weeks the film is being shown in theaters in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Columbia, S.C.; Beaufort, S.C., and the Eastman Performing Arts Center Theater in Fryeburg.

It has appeared in at least 24 film festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

For information or to purchase a DVD copy of the movie, go to thewaywegetbymovie.com.

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