Dreams & Memories of Where the Red Fern Grows
A look back at the Classic 1974 film “Where the Red Fern Grows,” with interviews, insights and never-before-seen images and newly transferred HD footage.
Dreams and Memories of Where the Red Fern Grows is a short specialty documentary which will appeal to the original film’s fans and will pique the interest of students examining the art of film production. The film’s producer leads us on a personal, incident by incident tour of the creation of the 1973 film. Predominantly edited in interview style and supported by stills and a few clips of the film, Mr. Dayton recounts casting, funding, crewing, filming and premiering the film. Alongside his factual remembrances are entertaining accounts of struggles and relationships he endured throughout the entire process. Stewart Petersen, who portrayed Billy Coleman, is filmed, sharing his experience as a one-time child actor. Even the minor characters are revisited. However, these minor characters have been interviewed by phone which forces the viewer to listen to long recordings while heavy-handed narration scrolls across the screen. Overall, Dreams and Memories of Where the Red Fern Grows is a scrapbook of memories that brings us back to a time of filmmaking that celebrated Judeo-Christian family values and earns the Dove All-Ages Seal.