Documentary: FIELDS of GOLD (Matinee)
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Documentary: FIELDS of GOLD (Matinee)

Sponsored by Primient & Tate & Lyle

Ticket Price: $10

Open to the public and for all ages.

Discounted tickets for employees (both current and former) of A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company, Tate & Lyle and Primient can be obtained directly by contacting Emily Downey by email at:

Saturday, March 16, 2024  |  3:00 PM

Long Center for the Performing Arts - Mars Theatre
111 N Sixth St, Lafayette, IN  47901

Doors and concessions open at 2:00 PM
Show time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Concessions offers soda, water, beer, wine, and select mixed drinks plus snacks and candies for purchase.

*Please note the Long Center is a historic venue. There is no elevator to the balcony section.

"Fields Of Gold":
The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Barefoot Farmer to Sports Pioneer and Industrialist Who Built a Billion-Dollar Empire: A.E. Staley

Los Angeles, CA, February15, 2024 – Pollack Films announced today that the inspirational documentary film "Fields of Gold" will make its Indiana premiere on March 16, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. CT at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. The world premiere held August 18th, 2023, at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills and the hometown premiere held September 16th, 2023, at the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, IL were both received with packed houses and much acclaim. The film had an Asheboro, NC release in January of 2024 inspiring the community where A.E. Staley’s journey began in 1867. 

Written and directed by Regional Emmy Award-winner Julie Staley of Spencer Films and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, this documentary chronicles the incredible journey of Augustus Eugene Staley, born in 1867, from barefoot farmer to the founder and leader of an agricultural empire. 

The film features Mr. Staley's ownership of turn-of- twentieth-century baseball and football teams called the Decatur Staleys. The Decatur Staleys football squad led by George Halas, Charles "Chic" Harley, and Edward "Dutch" Sternaman played in Chicago in 1921 and then became the Chicago Bears in 1922. The film is produced by Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films, who has been financing and producing features out of New York and Los Angeles for over 35 years. Pollack Films, is a production company dedicated to creating compelling and impactful films; “We aim to inspire and entertain audiences with stories that make a difference. We want folks to leave the theatre feeling that they have seen a film that matters," said Pollack. The film production and distribution company will release El Extraordinario Hombre Halcon, a feature film by Anuar Canavati, in US theatres, and its own production The Studly Vegan to a worldwide audience in 2024. Pollack Films is also scheduled to begin production, in New Mexico, on Delfino’s Journey, to be directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, this Spring. 

Executive produced by Mark Staley, and the late Grant Staley, both great-grandsons of A.E. Staley, this film is an important family legacy project. In addition, the movie is of monumental importance to the Decatur, Illinois, community. It is supported by The Herald & Review newspaper and The Staley Museum. 

Executive Producer Arthur Allan Seidelman, who has collected his share of awards supervised the post-production. His awards include two Emmys, the Peabody, the Humanitas, the Western Heritage, several Christophers, and numerous film festival awards. He also recently received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Whittier College, his alma mater. Mr. Seidelman leading the post-production team was instrumental in crafting “Fields of Gold,” guiding the film to shine bright.

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Long Center for the Performing Arts

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111 North 6th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

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(765) 742-5664 ext 1

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