New documentary highlights innovation, community in Miami Valley during pandemic

DAYTON — A documentary film about the Dayton community coming together during the early days of the pandemic is premiering at The Neon movie theatre this weekend.

The documentary, “We Still Make Things,” follows a team of Daytonians who came together to address the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film’s director Ian Cook told News Center 7′s Candace Price that because auto manufactures were shut down due to COVID-19, there was a surplus of materials at Industry Products Company in Piqua.

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“They had all this raw material that everyone had been scrambling looking for high and low across the country,” Cook said.

The group featured in the roughly 13-minute film came together to make PPE with the excess materials.

The film took two months to film and six months to edit.

Cook said the documentary tells a story of innovation and collaboration. The film’s producer, Steve Bognar said that reminded him of the history of innovation in the Miami Valley and the Wright Brothers.

“They had to think outside the box to get that plane up in the air,” Bognar said.

“We Still Make Things” premieres Thursday and will run through the weekend at The Neon. Tickets and screening times can be found here.