Leon-based filmmakers Josiah Laubenstein and Iowa native Darrell Johnston, who grew up in Leon and graduated from Graceland University in 2010, will host a free screening of their documentary film, Less Traveled: A Journey from Pine to Palm, this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Coliseum. The Jefferson Highway is both historically important and an important tourist attraction for Lamoni.
Less Traveled documents the filmmakers’ journey along the historic Jefferson Highway, the continent’s first transnational roadway. A Lamoni Mayor’s Proclamation declared May 23rd Drive the Jefferson Highway Day in Lamoni to explore the highway and learn more about its history and significance both locally and nationally. Driving their maroon 1954 Chevy, Laubenstein and Johnston shot scenes around Lamoni May 23rd.
The Jefferson Highway was dedicated in July 1916. The film highlights the small towns along the highway commemorating its centennial year. Starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finishing in New Orleans, Louisiana the highway was a turn-of-the-century route for early roadsters. The filmmakers retraced the 2,200-mile route, traveling mostly on two lane highways and town main streets, and skipping the major freeways.
The film lasts about an hour and a half and there will be a Q&A session afterward. This screening and others are being sponsored by the Meredith Foundation, so admission is free and all ages are welcome.
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