Regional Roundup: Rockford resident makes his first movie

February 27, 2010

ROCKFORD — Len Archibald, of Rockford, has written, photographed and directed his first movie.

“Beating Traffic,” about high-school sweethearts who grew apart, only to reappear in each other’s lives years later took Archibald three months to complete. This is his first full-length feature film. The entire film was shot in Celina, Rockford and Van Wert, and it stars a variety of local talent. The 92-minute film is about high-school sweethearts who grew apart, only to reappear in each other’s lives years later.

The inspiration behind Archibald’s movie-making can be traced to his early years.

“When I was 4 years old, my mom took me to see ‘E.T.,’ ” Archibald said. He was engrossed with the movie, and more importantly with Stephen Spielberg. “Spielberg is to me what a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods is to a sports enthusiast.”

Archibald hones his filmmaking skills in high school, where he was part of the drama program. “I love everything and anything to do with film,” Archibald said. “The best way to make a movie is just to watch as many movies from the beginning of the film age to present, getting as much film knowledge as possible.”

Archibald will enter film festival competitions, with hopes of making a premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, in Utah.

Compassionate Friends chapter receives recognition

ADA — The Hardin County chapter of The Compassionate Friends received a certificate from the national headquarters honoring 20 years of service to bereaved parents and siblings. The certificate cited the chapter for “having many caring people, both in leadership and membership” for the past two decades.

The chapter was organized by Roger and Connie Guyton, of Ada, who continue as leaders; Larry and Dee Martin, of Lima and Bob and his late wife Chris Lyle.

The Compassionate Friends group exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to those grieving the loss of a child. It has 625 chapters in the United States. The local chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of every month from September to May. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Ada.

Alger First Prayer Shawl Blessing

ALGER — The Alger First United Methodist Church recently held its fourth “Blessing of the Prayer Shawls.” Fifteen prayer shawls were blessed as they were spread over the congregation.

Harrod resident publishes sequel

HARROD — Linda Evans got a jump on her writing career by telling stories to her children and grandchildren. Her first book, “The Sleepover,” was the culmination of the stories. She has now published the sequel to her first book, entitled, “No Lights in the Cabin.”

“The same boys are in this book, and this time they are in the mountains,” Evans said. Her husband, Jerry, shares the spotlight with Linda on this book, as all the photos in the book came from him. This new book is 31 pages with 13 chapters. It sells for $8, and is available by contacting Evans at

Evans and her husband recently moved back to the Harrod area.

Regional Roundup: Rockford resident makes his first movie