Documentary highlights Stemilt founder’s lifeStemilt Growers Inc., Wenatchee, Wash., recently celebrated its founding father with a preview of a documentary about him.

More than 500 Stemilt employees, growers and others watched the private screening of “The Growing Season: Tom Mathison” at Wenatchee’s new movie complex, Gateway Cinemas.

The documentary is the second in the Community Heritage Series, the product of a partnership between the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and a local video production company called Howell at the Moon. The partnership aims to showcase people who shaped north central Washington’s history, according to a news release.

The 33-minute documentary tells the story of Mathison’s life and legacy, including struggles as a young student, his service in World War II, and the challenges and triumphs in the tree fruit industry. Mathison was 82 when he died in December 2008.

Howell at the Moon plans to add Spanish subtitles produce a DVD to make copies available to the public, the release said.