Blog/NEWS

WE ARE FINISHED FILMING!!!!

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Henry runsWatch the PTSD UNION Trailer

Check out our interview in Birmingham’s B-metro!

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Projecting UNION clips during a pre-fundraising holiday party in Birmingham. Photo courtesy Virginia Newcomb

Projecting UNION clips during a pre-fundraising holiday party in Birmingham. Special thanks to Kris Childs and Nancy Tran. Photo courtesy Virginia Newcomb

Hank and VirgSeptember filming at Shoal Creek Church ca. 1845 in the Talledega National Forest near Edwardsville, AL. This is the setting for the wedding scene between Henry and Virginia.

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For at least the last 85 years there has been an annual Sacred Harp singing at the old church.  For 50 of those years it was on either the 4th Sunday in July or the 4th Sunday in August.  And for the last 35 years the gathering has occurred on Labor Day.

June filming at the Inzer Museum, Ashville, AL and Morris Ave., Birmingham.  Special thanks to the UAB film Students who worked tirelessly on this part of filming.

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UNION Virginia poster

abc affiliate 33/40 in Birmingham is covering our four day shoot in and around Montevallo and Ashville, AL  April 19-22

REUNION Discovering Grace

Virginia Newcomb originally from Alabaster, AL,  joins the cast of UNION

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We’re on Slated!!!

Filming in Montevallo, Ashville and Selma, AL

Utilizing students from the film Departments of the University of Alabama and The University of Montevallo.  Huge thanks to those hard working kids!

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SUMMER SHOOT

4 days of shooting at Gettysburg, PA and 4 days of shooting at Tannehill in McCalla, AL.  July 3-7th and July 24-27th.

TITLE INFORMATION
FIREFLY
A Civil War Story
Hamilton, Whitney Elizabeth
CreateSpace (494 pp.)
$19.99 paperback, $3.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1480185210; November 8, 2012
BOOK REVIEW
A sharply crafted, post-bellum epic of love, fidelity and gender switching, from playwright Hamilton.  During the Civil War, five brothers lose their lives at the battle of Bull Run. Hamilton draws the grindingly horrific few days with the detailed clarity of an American Heritage map: crisp, transporting and smart with color—“The smoke from gunfire formed a sulfuric miasma about the men—a kind of death shroud that protects as well as prepares.” After the news gets back to the affluent family in Charleston, Hamilton elegantly shifts the family’s life course. Perhaps accustomed to having their way, the two sisters who remain at home will each assume the identity of one of their brothers: Grace becomes Henry, and Louise becomes Will. Another devastated family enters the picture, led by a woman
named Virginia, who was blinded by warfare. Duped into an extraordinary dance of affection, she falls in love with “Henry” and “he” with her. Hamilton sure-handedly conveys the blindness of love as well as the war-related atrocities visited upon the South, while interweaving an array of threads: death letters, outlaws, piano playing, how to make soil
work, how the blind may hear the soul, honeysuckle and wild crocus during wartime. Amid the “ripened corn stained with fresh blood,” children are born and children die, as in a scene readers may have seen elsewhere that features the suffocation of child who might give away a hiding place. Hamilton’s writing has a way with grief, and what better
subjects than war and its debris to reveal it?
A heart-wrenching, moving tale that’s achingly believable.  ~ Kirkus

Henry tells of the horrors of war almost dying at the Battle of Cold Harbor.

Henry’s journey to the mountain causes a previous wound to open.

Whit at The Cannes Film Festival, May 18th 2012

An interview on cin4lez

3 thoughts on “Blog/NEWS

  1. This was one of the most touching movies I have seen in a while and cannot wait to see “Union”. People often want to control things and how they happen without consideration for the trama of hardship and the effects it has on a person. “My Brothers War” does just that in an unpredictable and most profound, sincere way. I have often wanted to write a movie about the plight of a North Carolina famer who’s father has union sympathies that cause him to be faced with the choice of killing friends and family while fighting for the union or fleeing the whole damned thing to go west to Virginia City to start a new life. Ms. Hamilton would be a fine choice to direct a movie like this. If this sounds of intrest please feel free to contact me at cornerstonemusicnv@yahoo.com

  2. I just wanted you to know I loved the book Firefly. When I watched My Brothers War I couldn’t believe it ended that way. So went to IMDB to find out more. Found the short to Union online. Also found you were making an actual movie. I am glad, but in some ways I wish you could have gotten the original actress that played Virginia back. Guess 6 years is too long to wait for a sequel 🙂 I look forward to watching this movie once complete. I run a movie theater in Greensboro N.C. And wish it was something that would be played on big screen there.

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