2385RE: [TalkAntietam] Press release: "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam" DVD
- Dec 3, 2005Wow. All that and they managed to leave McClellan's name completely out of
I think I can guess what the documentary will cover. Lee, with complete
command of the situation and with psychic abilities to know what his
cowardly opponent will do, masterfully conducts his campaign but is foiled
by the loss of SO 191. Despite being outnumbered nearly 350 to 1, he
manhandles his Union counterpart who is afraid to fight. Lincoln, the
master politician, turns Lee's crushing victory into defeat by issuing the
EP. Then he jettisons his traitorous general and continues his search for
the perfect commander. Yadda yadda yadda.
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Subject: [TalkAntietam] Press release: "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam" DVD
Ronald F. Maxwell Narrates and Provides a 25-Minute On-Screen
Interview in New "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam" DVD About the Single
Bloodiest Day in American History
Civil War Battle Documentary Release Set for a Pre-Black History Month
Kick-Off of January 31, 2006
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/02/2005 -- Ronald F.
Maxwell, director of epic Civil War films "Gettysburg" and "Gods and
Generals," narrates the new Civil War documentary, "Lincoln and Lee at
Antietam - The Cost of Freedom," and provides a 25-minute on-screen
interview on the DVD.
"The Civil War is our war," said Maxwell. "It's up close and personal.
It's the war that divided families, towns, communities. As the classic
saying goes, 'it's the war between brothers.' The biggest killing
field of the war in a single day was the Battle at Antietam, the first
invasion into the North."
Written, directed and produced by multiple-award winner Robert Child
("Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny," "Gettysburg: The Boys in Blue
and Gray"), "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam - The Cost of Freedom"
vividly brings to life the story of America's fight for freedom in a
battle that changed the course of the Civil War.
"'Lincoln and Lee at Antietam - The Cost of Freedom' began as a follow
up to my earlier Civil War program for PBS, 'Gettysburg: The Boys in
Blue & Gray,'" said Child. "The battle of Antietam seemed to be such a
mystery and much overshadowed by Gettysburg. Through my research and
subsequent scripting of the film, not only did I discover that
Antietam is as pivotal a Civil War battle as Gettysburg, but also as
important in how it indelibly altered the course of American history."
With a running time of 90 minutes, the DVD will be available for
purchase nationally in retail stores on January 31, kicking off Black
History Month (February), at a suggested retail price of $24.95. The
prebook date is January 3, 2006.
It's September 17, 1862, and President Abraham Lincoln needs a victory
in order to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which remains today
one of the most socially important documents in American history,
shaping black history, as well as our nation as a whole. But General
Robert E. Lee has other plans -- invade the North. When Lee's
strategy, known as Special Order 191, falls into the hands of the
Union Army, the result is the single bloodiest day in American history
at the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
Nearly twice as many Americans died on that single day than had fallen
in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the
Spanish-American War combined. In striking comparison, American losses
on the bloodiest day of World War II, D-Day, were a quarter of those
at Antietam. If not for this turn of events, we would not be the
nation we are today.
"There is always a cost to freedom. In the case of the Civil War, the
price was high, but the viability of the concept of the United States
as one Nation in which all persons could live free equally was firmly
established once and for all. Citizens, however, should keep this cost
in mind if ever they contemplate actions which would result in giving
up this freedom as the day would come when they would want it back,"
said Michael Bussler, president of Inecom Entertainment Company.
Through first person accounts, an original music score from composers
Steve Heitzeg and Nicholas Palmer and scarce Antietam commemorative
battle footage from the 125th, 135th and 140th Antietam Reenactments,
"Lincoln and Lee at Antietam - The Cost of Freedom" tells the tale of
the 14-hour epic Battle at Antietam, and features commentaries from
renowned historians such as:
-- James M. McPherson, Princeton University, Pulitzer Prize winning
author of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Crossroads of Freedom:
-- Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College, America's only repeat winner of
the Lincoln Prize; Nominated by President George W. Bush to the
Council on the Humanities
-- Dennis E. Frye, National Park Service Historian at Harpers Ferry,
author of "Antietam Revealed" and associate producer of "Gods and
-- Paul V. Chiles, National Park Service Historian at Antietam National
-- Patrick Falci, Actor/Performing Historian portrays General Ambrose
Powell Hill at Antietam
The film also features Stanley Wernz as Abraham Lincoln. Wernz was
featured in Time Magazine (July 4, 2005) and is currently the
president of the Association of Lincoln Presenters.
Presented in a colorful 16 x 9 Anamorphic Widescreen transfer with
Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam - The Cost of
Freedom" is closed-captioned with English subtitles and boasts these
additional special features:
-- 25-Minute On-Screen Interview with Ronald F. Maxwell
-- Feature-Length Commentary Track with Robert Child and Ronald F.
-- Original Music Score from composers, Steve Heitzeg and Nicholas Palmer
-- Inecom Documentary Trailers
Part of "The MINUTES OF HISTORYR Series," "Lincoln and Lee at Antietam
- The Cost of Freedom" is the newest DVD release from Inecom
Entertainment Company, following the successful "EXPO - Magic of the
White City," narrated by Gene Wilder, which documents the 1983 Chicago
World's Fair. Since its release on September 13, 2005, "EXPO - Magic
of the White City" has been one of Amazon.com's top-selling
independently produced documentary DVDs and was recently recognized as
the bestselling history title for Borders stores nationwide. Other
recent documentaries from Inecom include "Johnstown Flood" narrated by
Richard Dreyfuss and "Gettysburg and Stories of Valor" narrated by
Keith Carradine. Both "Johnstown Flood" and "Gettysburg and Stories of
Valor" appear on public television. Future Inecom projects in
development include "Clara Barton," "Horses of Gettysburg," "Winters
of War" and "World War I Minutes."
About Ronald F. Maxwell --
Narrator Ronald F. Maxwell began his love affair with theater, film
and television as a student at Clifton High School in New Jersey,
where he showed natural talent on both sides of the camera. Upon
graduating from NYU, Maxwell worked as Charleston Heston's personal
assistant in Heston's directorial debut, "Antony and Cleopatra," then
went on to work as an associate producer and subsequently producer for
the EmmyR and Peabody Award-winning series, "Theatre in America" at
WNET-13 in New York City.
In 1978, Maxwell produced and directed Sissy Spacek, William Hurt,
Sally Kellerman and Howard da Dilva in "Verna: USO Girl," for which he
received an EmmyR nomination for Best Director. "Little Darlings," the
first theatrical film that Maxwell directed, opened at #1 on Variety
Magazine's Top Hundred Grossing Films and has since become a classic
of the genre. Subsequently, he directed "The Night the Lights Went Out
in Georgia," "Kidco," "Parent Trap II," "In the Land of the Poets" --
a feature-length documentary on the Nicaraguan Civil War -- and the
landmark film "Gettysburg," which has been hailed as one of the
greatest war movies in the history of film. Maxwell then produced,
wrote and directed the prequel to "Gettysburg, Gods and Generals."
Released in theaters in February 2003 and to the home video market on
July 15, 2003, "Gods and Generals" was recognized as the #1 selling
video in America, with over 600,000 sales in its first week.
Currently, Maxwell is in pre-production on "Joan of Arc: Virgin
Warrior" and in long-range preparations on "Last Full Measure," the
final part of his Civil War Trilogy.
About Robert Child --
Director Robert Child is a multi-award winning, twenty-year television
veteran, who began writing and directing independent productions in
2001. Of the 23 filmmaking awards he has won in the last two years,
six were for outstanding directorial achievement. At the spring 2004
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, Child won
both the Best Director and Best Historical Program awards. This topped
a year in which he was awarded his second consecutive Platinum Remi
Award for Best Historical Program at the Worldfest Houston Film
Festival for "Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny." The festival is
noted for handing Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott their first
In early November 2004, Child was signed by veteran Canadian producer
Dick Nielsen to direct and co-produce Nielsen's forthcoming Canadian
theatrical release, "Hill 195." The project, which begins filming in
Canada in 2006, is a multi-million dollar World War II era
action-feature, which showcases the heroic actions of a single
Canadian regiment just weeks after D-Day. Recently, Child completed
two commissioned story treatments, "Hollywood Dream Car Designer:
George Barris," about the legendary Hollywood film car customizer who
created the original Batmobile among other iconic TV and movie
vehicles; and "The Paul Winchell Story," a biography of perhaps the
world's finest ventriloquist, whose characters "Jerry Mahoney" and
"Knucklehead" became household names. Winchell also served as the
voice of "Tigger" for all of Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" films and TV
series winning a Grammy award for the best children's recording, "The
Most Wonderful Things about Tiggers," in 1974. Winchell is also the
original patent holder for the first artificial heart.
About Inecom Entertainment Company --
President and chief executive officer Michael L. Bussler founded
Inecom Entertainment Company in 1999. Inecom finances and distributes
independent films by partnering with innovative producers and enlists
celebrated talent such as Ronald F. Maxwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Keith
Carradine and Gene Wilder. In addition to working with outside
producers with projects of their own, Inecom also operates a captive
production company. Since 2001, Inecom has released seven feature
documentaries and multiple instructional films for U.S. and
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, review the enclosed brochure
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