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Stonewall Jackson campaign focus of new short movie


By Sally Voth

A new film about Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign is being previewed in Winchester on Thursday evening.

The 12-minute film was produced by Two Rivers, which is based in Williamsburg, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Executive Director Denman Zirkle said Tuesday.

"The film will give viewers the historical backdrop, follow with the dramatic story of the campaign, and culminate by relating its impact and legacy," a foundation news release states. "It will feature animated maps, high-def video, professional voice-overs, music and sound effects, and historic artwork."

It's part of the Civil War's sesquicentennial commemoration, Zirkle said.
"It's a film that we will use for multiple purposes," he said.

It will be sent to schools in the foundation's eight-county area, will be shown on special occasions and should appear on public television next year, Zirkle explained.

The battlefields foundation is raising funds to complete the film's production, he said. According to the release, donors giving at least $50 will be listed in the movie's credits, among other rewards.

Zirkle said the movie is being shown at 5 p.m. Thursday as part of the foundation's Christmas reception at Shenandoah University.

In addition to the movie, among the SVBF's accomplishments in the past year are the preservation of nearly 500 battlefield acres, the coordination of more than 40 sesquicentennial programs as part of the Valley Campaign, and completion of a three-year plan for restoring the Third Winchester Battlefield.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com


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