Date: February 19, 2014 Contact: , (931)232-5706, ext. 108
FORT DONELSON NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD AND TENNESSEE STATE PARKS PRESENT A FREE SNEAK-PREVIEW SCREENING
TO CELEBRATE THE NEW PUBLIC TV SERIES -
PLUS A PERFORMANCE BY CUMBERLAND WINDS
CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY
5-Part Documentary Series Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern
Airs in April 2014 on
Nashville Public Television, WKNO Channel 10 Memphis
WHAT:A sneak-peek screening of Civil War: The Untold Story,a visually stunning new 5-part documentary series narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures.The event will be hosted by General Ulysses S. Grant, as played by Curt Fields.Prior to the film will be a special performance by Cumberland Winds, a Clarksville, TN concert band that will perform songs of the Civil War era (http://cumberlandwinds.org/). The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Chris Wheeler and the staff of Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Cemetery.
Premiering nationally beginning April 1, 2014, and airing regionally on Nashville Public Television and WKNO Memphis, the series breaks new ground by examining the war through the lens of the Western Theater – including critical yet lesser-known battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chickamauga. Filmed with sweeping cinematic style on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, it recreates authentic scenes and features interviews with top historians to provide new insights on one of the bloodiest and most defining eras in our nation's history—highlighting the battles, the causes and politics of war, the impact on Southern civilians and women, and the relatively unknown roles that African Americans played in the conflict, from enslaved to emancipated to soldier. Looking at our nation's seminal event through the lens of this untold story tells us not only who were then, but who we are now. The series strikes a powerful chord that still resonates today. This event is one of 25 exclusive previews being held around the U.S. in cities such as NYC, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, Gettysburg, and more.
WHEN:Saturday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m.
·Hosted by General Ulysses S. Grant, as played by Curt Fields
·Performance by Cumberland Winds (donations appreciated)
·FILM SCREENING of Episode 1: Bloody Shiloh
·Q&A with filmmaker Chris Wheeler and staff from Fort Donelson National Battlefield
WHERE:Paris Landing State Park, 16055 Highway 79N;
Civil War: The Untold Story is produced for public television by Great Divide Pictures, which, in addition to numerous cable television documentaries, has created more than 25 films shown in National Parks Visitor Centers around the country. The series is sponsored by Nashville Public Television and will be distributed to public television stations nationally by American Public Television (APT).
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.