Battle of Shiloh - 150th Reenactment
The website for the 150th of Shiloh is now up. Check it out for the latest information. 

Battle of Shiloh - 150th Reenactment

The website for the 150th of Shiloh is now up. Check it out for the latest information. 

Test Shoot!
Resaca, GA - Our camera operator, David Torcivia, did some test footage this weekend. He also came out with some great images! Check our his Flickr for more!

Test Shoot!

Resaca, GA - Our camera operator, David Torcivia, did some test footage this weekend. He also came out with some great images! Check our his Flickr for more!

Test Shoot!
Our shooters met our producer in the field at Resaca, GA today to get some test footage! They got some great videos and pictures!

Test Shoot!

Our shooters met our producer in the field at Resaca, GA today to get some test footage! They got some great videos and pictures!

Our producer, Nick, in his first reenactment! - Resaca,GA

Our producer, Nick, in his first reenactment! - Resaca,GA

 
Wednesday: Enter to get your tickets!
The 150th anniversary of what would become known as the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run is a fitting time to look forward, even as the nation revisits and remembers the Civil War. Join the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Park Service for a program that will examine both the profound impact of the Civil War and the rich opportunities of the sesquicentennial.
Invited speakers include Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, along with local, state, and federal officials. The keynote address will be given by Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and historian of the American South
A total of 4,500 tickets to the Manassas 150th Commemorative Ceremony are available, which will be distributed through an online lottery system atwww.recreation.gov. The lottery application will start at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 27 and run through 10 PM on Wednesday, May 4. The winners of the lottery will be notified by email on May 9 and tickets will be mailed out no later than June 6.

Wednesday: Enter to get your tickets!

The 150th anniversary of what would become known as the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run is a fitting time to look forward, even as the nation revisits and remembers the Civil War. Join the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the National Park Service for a program that will examine both the profound impact of the Civil War and the rich opportunities of the sesquicentennial.

Invited speakers include Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia, along with local, state, and federal officials. The keynote address will be given by Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and historian of the American South

A total of 4,500 tickets to the Manassas 150th Commemorative Ceremony are available, which will be distributed through an online lottery system atwww.recreation.gov. The lottery application will start at 10 AM on Wednesday, April 27 and run through 10 PM on Wednesday, May 4. The winners of the lottery will be notified by email on May 9 and tickets will be mailed out no later than June 6.

REMINDER: We are still casting for our documentary. If you a Civil War reenactor/living historian and will be attending Manassas in July we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at CastingTheReenactors@gmail.com for more information!

REMINDER: We are still casting for our documentary. If you a Civil War reenactor/living historian and will be attending Manassas in July we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at CastingTheReenactors@gmail.com for more information!

Time Magazine: Living The Civil War

Photographer Gregg Segal shows how development has affected Civil War battlefields today.

Why Make This? Nick’s Version.

Hi guys! Megan and I thought it would be important to both write about our motivations for making this film. Here’s what I have to say:

I’m terrified. Somehow I’ve been convinced to not only attend a reenactment in Georgia, but also to participate in one. I’ve been studying my history and scouring awesome online resources like Authentic Campaigner and CW Reenactors, but going from outside observer to a day-playing reenactor is a huge step. As a first timer I want to show respect, knowledge, and probably most of all, not come off as a complete idiot.

In that lies the reason why I want to do this documentary. I want to learn. Let’s face it: the reenacting world has it’s fair share of extremes and oddities, much like any other hobby on the face of the planet. The idea of reenacting war is novel in itself. We could just focus on the extremes, cut it together, and be done with it. However, the driving force behind not only reenacting, but the special significance of the civil war is much richer.

As a result we can go from “look at the reenactors” to “who are the reenactors?” to “why reenact?”. To me that’s an interesting question. The answers, I’m finding, go way beyond what I was expecting.

Stay in touch!

Nick

Why I want to make a documentary on Civil War Reenactors…

Hi! I’m Megan! This is me.

First of all I am so excited to be getting this project moving. My partner, Nick, and I have been tossing this idea around since August and finally everything is falling into place. After meeting Nick’s good friend, who happens to be a reeenactor himself,  I became more and more fascinated with why people enjoy being cold and hungry for days at a time. This is when it was suggested to me to read Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. After I got over the hideous book cover I dove in. It opened up a whole world for me. I loved the stories and the people he met in his adventures. I wanted to do something like this but different, put the reeanctors on camera, let them tell their story, understand why this event in history is so important to them.

Now sadly, before I began working on this I knew the bare basics of the Civil War. I know, disappointing, especially since I was born and raised in Georgia. However,  I realized that I never had to study the Civil War during school. So once my research began I was hooked. I found old documents, photos and letters written by soldiers, which made the Civil War more personal and easier to relate to. I learned that several of my family members were involved in the Civil War. Some even fled Tennessee to avoid the fight. I was understanding what it was about the Civil War that attracted so many people.

I believe that through the stories of those who reenact, this documentary will help show why the Civil War is still important. I hope to understand their emotional ties and fascination to this devastating war. Ultimately, I hope to stir curiosity in someone who maybe didn’t know much about either reenacting or the Civil War and make a great character documentary.