‘The Purple Wave: Forever a Ghost,’ tells the story of the Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) running program, through the lens of the 2014 Boys Cross Country season. The documentary will be shown on Thurs., May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Valley High-School Auditorium, located at 89 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick.
The documentary was created by WVHS alumni, Class of 2001, Henry Smith, owner, and operator of HJS Studios. As a former runner and now “Purple Ghost” (any past runner for the team) it was Smith’s mission to create a documentary that paid homage to the program that had so many positive effects on his own life.
‘The Purple Wave: Forever a Ghost’ focuses on the WVHS Boys Cross Country running program, that was officially formed in 1974, and led by legendary coach Tim St. Lawrence, known to most as Coach Saint. In the film viewers learn about Coach Saint’s background as an athlete, his influences, the beginning years of the program, his retirement in 2007 and other milestones of the program.
The documentary follows the 2014 Boys Cross Country season, coached by Mike Potter, WVHS alumni, Class of 1998, former runner for the program, and State Champion. By seeing a season progress, viewers learn about what it means to be part of the Purple Wave – a tradition of family, camaraderie and team pride.
The showing is first come, first seated. Tickets are $10 at the door. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the program, and an additional ten percent to the Brian Ahearn Children’s Fund. For more information and to view trailer of documentary, visit www.hjsstudios.com.