Alamo to host Belle Grove fundraiser

On July 8, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester will host a special screening of the 2003 film “Cold Mountain” for Belle Grove Plantation.

The proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go toward preservation and education programs at the historic site.

Belle Grove Executive Director Kristen Laise said, “This is the third time the Alamo has worked with us to do a fundraiser, and we try to find … a film with a historical theme.”

Previous films were the 1939 classic “Gone with the wind” as well as the 2003 biopic of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson “Gods and Generals.”

Laise said they primarily chose “Cold Mountain” due to the story’s focus on a soldier – played by Jude Law – who is coming home from war.

“Since the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War is just concluding, there was a nice match in terms of the people coming home from war,” Laise added.

Laise said that Belle Grove raised close to $1,000 in a previous silent auction, but that they are more focused on ticket sales this time. She noted they lowered the ticket prices from $40 to $30 this year to encourage participation.

“We’ve had about 40 or 50 people attend, and we’d love to have 80 to 100,” Laise said.

Prior to the film’s screening, Shannon Moeck, a park ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, will give a presentation on the historical context of the movie’s setting.

Moeck said that she will look to discuss and explore “the trials and tribulations the home front had to endure during the war.

“We will use this movie as a way to parallel some of the significant stories of the home front in the valley.”

As a broad example, Moeck said that some families struggled with food supply as soldiers and armies passing through the valley would conscript them of their crops and supplies.

Moeck noted hardships like this are echoed in the film. Ada Monroe — played by Nicole Kidman — struggles to grow food and take care of herself following the passing of her father.

“By the end of the [movie], she’s out there shooting turkeys and she’s an independent woman who’s able to care for herself,” Moeck said.

The “Cold Mountain” screening will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 8 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester.

Information about tickets can be found at http://drafthouse.com/winchester and www.bellegrove.org.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com