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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Secession Path to be made full length-hope some of it films here


One could say that America has never gotten over the Civil War. That may be true or it may be that film caused our national obsession. After all, Gone With the Wind, epic that it was, certainly stoked the debate about Southern nobility even if Scarlet was no role model in that regard.

Filmmakers, John Hartman of Reel Groovy Films and Zee Zarbock of Unfolding Story Pictures, are in development for a new feature film set during the American Civil War. The feature will be based on their 35-minute short film, Secession Path, which was released in 2008.

Plans for the feature include shooting in super 16mm, Civil War re-enactments with actors and re-enactors, primarily in New England. Secondary locations may include Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia. One or two intimate scenes involving the C.S.S. Neuse ironclad will be done at the full scale replica in Kinston, North Carolina, the only one of its kind in the world.

A trailer for the Secession Path short film may be seen at: www.secessionpath.com.

Synopsis for Secession Path short film:

During the American Civil War, Confederate Captain David Hornblower suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, forcing him to confront his role in the war. Charged with behavior unbecoming an officer, Hornblower is given one final chance to redeem himself. A mission takes him to the C.S.S. Neuse ironclad gunboat and deep into the swamps of the North Carolina wilderness. There, Hornblower finds himself and more.

I'll post my review soon. I'm hoping some of the filming will be done in my neck of the woods.

For more info: contact zee@unfoldingstorypictures.com.

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