Monocacy battle film to premiere in Hagerstown
- From today's Hagerstown Herald-Mail:
FILM ON MONOCACY BATTLE TO PREMIERE IN HAGERSTOWN
A 106-minute movie shot mostly in Hagerstown and Boonsboro about the
Confederate attempt to capture Washington, D.C., will premiere locally next month, the
same day the DVD will go on sale.
The docudrama, "No Retreat From Destiny: The Battle That Rescued Washington,"
tells the story of the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864, and the South's
campaign to push the war into the north.
"The Confederates had them outnumbered three to one," said Russ Richards,
founder and CEO of Historical Entertainment of Cascade. "They were evacuating
Washington D.C., because the Confederates were that close." The Monocacy
National Battlefield is in Frederick County, Md. "It's one of the most little-known
greatest battles of the Civil War," he said. Richards said the film also
depicts the war's impact on civilians.
Historical Entertainment and Lionheart Filmworks of Richmond, Va., teamed up
to form Monocacy Productions LLC, which produced the movie. "We think it's
better than 'Gods and Generals,' and we didn't have a $78 million budget,"
Richards said. "Gods and Generals" was filmed mostly in Washington County.
"No Retreat From Destiny" will premiere on March 10 at Faith Chapel in
downtown Hagerstown. The chapel is the site of the former Colonial Theatre. The
premiere is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors
Bureau (CVB) and co-hosted by the Maryland Film Office. The movie's budget
was $400,000 and was shot over 22 days, Richards said.
The premiere is part of three-day re-enactors and movie extras convention and
firing demonstration held by Historical Entertainment. The convention, which
will include military displays and seminars, will be held March 11 at the
Grand Venice Hotel on Dual Highway. The "live-fire" demonstration will be held
March 12 at the North American Rod and Gun Club.
Information about the movie and tickets can be found at www.monocacymovie.com.
POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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