I have been asked to announce the arrival of a new Civil War movie called Copperhead which is a film for the whole family and is opening in theaters June 28!
Commemorate the 150 year anniversary & keep your kids learning during the summer by catching Copperhead, a Civil War movie the whole family can watch together and talk about!
From the Copperhead Website:
From director Ron Maxwell, (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) Copperhead is unlike any other Civil War movie. Far from the Virginia battlefield, it’s the exciting story of Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), a peace-loving but stubborn dairy farmer in upstate New York. He detests slavery, but opposes the war for the sake of the “union.” Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is a Copperhead. This is an extraordinary story of family and community. Learn more: http://www.copperheadthemovie.com
Why you will love the Copperhead Blog App:
Test Your Civil War Knowledge TRIVIA! – Are you a history buff? Love historical speeches, figures, and places? Transport yourself back to the time of the Copperheads and take the trivia to test your Civil War knowledge. Choose your answer before time runs out!
Behind-the-Scenes – Discover how director/producer Ron Maxwell and his team recreated the exact look of the Civil War era.
Copperhead Cooking: Recipes PDF – The family dinner table was an important central focus for every household during the Civil War. Celebrate and appreciate the era by re-creating these easy-to-follow recipes with the whole family before watching Copperhead in theaters.
On Monday, May 30, 2011, the History Channel will air a new Civil War film on Gettysburg. This film is produced by Tony and Ridley Scott. The trailer for the movie looks good so this is something that I am looking forward to watching. If you are teaching the Civil War at this time of year, you may want to have your students watch the movie.
Here is a summary of the movie:
Gettysburg is a 2-hour HISTORY special that kicks off a week of History programming commemorating the 150’th anniversary of the Civil War. Executive produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, this special strips away the romanticized veneer of the Civil War. It presents the pivotal battle of Gettysburg in a new light: as a visceral, terrifying and deeply personal experience, fought by men with everything on the line. Compelling CGI and powerful action footage place viewers in the midst of the fighting, delivering both an emotional cinematic experience and an information packed look at the turning points, strategic decisions, technology and little known facts surrounding the greatest engagement ever fought on American soil.
The special begins in the high stakes summer of 1863, as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia crosses into Pennsylvania. Trailed by the Union’s Army of the Potomac, Lee’s 75,000 strong army heads towards Harrisburg, converging instead near a quiet farm town, Gettysburg. Known then only as a crossroads where ten roads running in all directions converge like a wagon wheel, this small town would become site of an epic battle between North and South. For three days, each side fought there for their vision of what America should be.
In collaboration with highly esteemed Civil War historians, HISTORY combed through hundreds of individual accounts of the battle to find the unique voices of struggle, defeat and triumph that tell the larger story of a bitterly conflicted nation.