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Encore Benefits Franklin Theatre

Encore Benefits Franklin Theatre

“An American Adventure—The Living Legacy of Jimmy Gentry”, a documentary film on the life and times of Franklin’s own Jimmy Gentry will have a by demand encore presentation on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ.  Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds benefit the Save The Franklin Theatre campaign, according to Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation.

“Jimmy Gentry is larger than life, both on and off the football field.  He has had an incredible journey.  This new film documents the story of a young man going off to war, his experiences in that war and the legacy he came back home to create here in Franklin,” says Pearce.

An American Adventure examines the intersection of Gentry’s faith, his family upbringing, the historical village of Franklin, TN, and the impact Gentry has had in both private and public sectors.

“I hope this story can be seen as one similar to hundreds of others in towns across American during this time in history.  I hope it helps those of the older generation to reminisce, and the younger generation to see what life was like then,” said Gentry about the Project.

The subject of Gentry’s profound impact on his local community held great appeal for the film’s producer/director, award-winning filmmaker Ken Carpenter.

Through high-definition videography and cinematic narrative, “An American Adventure—The Living Legacy of Jimmy Gentry” traces the life of Gentry from his Depression-era boyhood in historic Franklin TN, to his military service in WWII, to his life-altering experience as one of the first liberating soldiers through the gates at the infamous Dachau concentration camp, to his over 50 years as a renowned high school football coach.

Tickets are available at The Heritage Foundation located in the rear of the downtown Franklin Post Office, Williamson County Recreation Centers, Brentwood Academy and on the web at All proceeds from the encore presentation will benefit Save the Franklin Theatre.