MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) will be offering a free screening of “Silo” at the GEAPS Exchange 2020.

The film is inspired by true events that follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.

The screening will be Monday, March 23 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the GEAPS Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. The event takes place in room 101 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Presented in partnership with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the screening includes a scheduled meet-and-greet with star Jim Parrack, grain tube giveaways for emergency responders and a panel discussion on how themes from the film apply in real life. In addition to the screening, GEAPS will provide a number of sessions on grain entrapment safety throughout the conference.

The event is open to all GEAPS members and Exchange 2020 attendees and their guests. There is no cost for the screening. Steve Records, executive director of GEAPS International, hopes the event will raise awareness of the dangers associated with grain storage, especially for farms and farm workers.

“We see a lot of news stories about the consequences of unsafe actions of people in and around grain bins,” Records said. “This past year has seen an alarmingly high number of fatalities. We aim to raise awareness of the dangers inside grain bins and help start a conversation within agriculture communities throughout North America and the world to stop these preventable accidents from occurring.”

Prior to the screening, Parrack is scheduled to sign autographs and pose for photos with attendees.  During the event, attendees can enter a drawing to win one of three sets of grain tubes. Winners can designate the emergency agency in their region that will receive the potentially life-saving tool.

After the screening, GEAPS will host a panel discussion about how themes from the film apply in real-life situations. Speaking on the panel are Dr. Carol Jones, Oklahoma State University; Jess McCluer, NGFA; and Butch Hendrix, safety director at Kokomo Grain. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

“When someone gets entrapped in grain, time is crucial,” Dr. Jones said. “Whether it’s in a grain storage facility or on a farm, we hope these tools will help everyone who stores grain.”

Safety is a key theme throughout GEAPS Exchange 2020. This year’s expo hall features more than 50 exhibitors with safety-related products and services. Interactive education sessions in the expo hall cover grain entrapment prevention kits, rescue tubes and other topics related to confined space entry. The expo hall also includes a grain entrapment rescue demonstration led by Dr. Jones in the GEAPS booth.

For more information about GEAPS Exchange 2020 visit the event website.