POV: Where Soldiers Come From

POV: Where Soldiers Come From

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 7:30pm

Pictured: Domini Fredianelli and Cole Smith

Credit: Courtesy of Heather Courtne

Experience the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after high school, going from a small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan.It wasn’t long after Dominic Fredianelli, a sensitive, artistic high school graduate in a remote town in northern Michigan, signed up for the National Guard that his buddies started following his lead. In exchange for just one weekend of training a month, they would earn a $20,000 signing bonus and much-needed college tuition support. Before he knew it, 10 friends were in the group. Thus began director Heather Courtney’s new film, Where Soldiers Come From, airing Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524), which paints an intimate portrait of these friends’ four-year journey from teenagers stuck in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to soldiers in Afghanistan.