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04 March Saturday

611: American Icon

BowTie Criterion, 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States


On May 29, 1950, railroaders for the Norfolk & Western Railway watched as the Class J 61l locomotive rolled into the yard. As they readied her for service, they couldn’t have known that the 611 was born into a world already planning her demise. Nor did they imagine that 65 years and one day later, the great 611 would triumphantly thunder home to Roanoke under her own steam power. 611:American Icon is the story of the most famous steam passenger locomotive in the world. Exclusive restoration footage takes you inside the locomotive's massive boiler and firebox, the cab and iconic nose. Interviews with the restoration team and historians give you eye-opening insights to 611’s superior engineering. Rare historical footage tells the story of the famous Norfolk & Western Shops and how the 611 became an enduring survivor loved by millions around the world.

Documentary Feature - United States, 1:23:00

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Artist Bio

Rex Mitchell Teese – Producer, Director, Editor, Writer 

Rex began his film career as an apprentice in the editorial departments of the Ridley Scott films “Hannibal” and “Black Hawk Down.”  In the 18 years that he has been working in film, he has worked in the editorial departments of several studio feature films and network television programs, including “You Kill Me,” Contraband,” “Mercy Street” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies.”  He was also the Associate Producer of post production for the ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is Burning.”  Rex has worked as a freelance editor for the National Geographic Channel since 2008. 

The Company Store was created in 2013 and produces documentaries, concert films and short films. 

Rex has a family connection to the Norfolk & Western Railway, Roanoke and the 611.  Rex’s great-grandfather worked for the N&W for over 30 years.  His grandfather, Rex T. Mitchell Jr, was the director of Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation department for many years.  His mother was one of the first employees of the Virginia Museum of Transportation, home of the 611. 


March 4
10:15 am - 11:45 am
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Venue Name: BowTie Criterion
Address: 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States

Event Info

Director: Rex Mitchell Teese
Writer(s): Rex Mitchell Teese
Cast: Rex Mitchell Teese
Running Time: 90