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Local film producer debuts true life documentary this weekend

A local film producer is showing his work for the very first time at the Valdosta RKDS Film Festival this weekend.Photo courtesy of Frankie Gay

A local film producer is showing his work for the very first time at the Valdosta RKDS Film Festival this weekend.

Valdosta native Frankie Gay has been working on a true life documentary called "Eleven Days and a Wake Up" for the past ten years.

The world premiere of the film will be shown at 3 p.m. this Saturday at Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta.

According to Gay, the documentary tells the story of the Battle of Wanat.

The deadly battle killed nine soldiers including Gay's son, Cpl. Pruitt Rainey.

Gay has spent the last ten years interviewing the families and soldiers who survived the battle.

He says the documentary is in honor of his son, Pruitt, the eight other soldiers that were killed in action and all of the guys that survived the Battle of Wanat.

"It's a beautiful film. It's a story about love and valor among men in war and selfless sacrifice. The Battle of Wanat is a very serious battle, it's very significant. It's still today the the deadliest battle in the 17 year Afghanistan War," said Gay.

This weekend will also be the ten year anniversary of the Battle of Wanat.

Some of the Gold Star families and surviving soldiers will be coming in on Friday for the ten year anniversary.

Gay's film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

You can see the trainer for the film here.

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