Stonewall Film Nears Completion
Foundation Seeks $20,000
Posted: December 5, 2012
HARRISONBURG — Thanks to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is getting another 15 minutes — or 12, to be exact — of fame.
But the New Market-based group needs a financial lift to finish its project.
“If This Valley is Lost” is a documentary nearing completion by the foundation and Two Rivers Multimedia Solutions of Williamsburg. The 12-minute film will explain Jackson’s famous 1862 campaign through the Shenandoah Valley, telling the story of how the area “exploded in violence” during a “swift-moving” operation, according to the foundation.
“It is very interesting [and] at the same time very educational,” said Denman Zirkle, the foundation’s executive director.
The campaign, which altered the course of the Civil War from March to June 1862, included the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic in Rockingham County.
The foundation started a fundraising effort last month and set a target of bringing in $20,000 by March 15 to finish the film, said Terry Heder, the group’s director of interpretation and programs.
Grants and donations from major sponsors totaling about $20,000 already have gone to the project.
“It has a lot of appeal both to organizations and individuals,” Heder said. “It fills so much of our mission.”
Donors can offer varied levels of funding for the project, from $50 up to $10,000. The former gets your name listed in the credits, while the latter includes a private tour of the battlefield of your choice, a “deluxe” edition of the film and a collection of foundation-branded merchandise, such as wine and coffee.
Heder said the foundation wants the film to be of interest to those who aren’t familiar with Jackson’s campaign, but also to those who are well-versed in its history.
“Do they actually know what happened and why and how it all relates to each other?” he said. “We want to make it in-depth so the people who already know about this say, ‘OK, this is good.’”
The film uses live shots from battle re-enactments, historical images and period music to tell Jackson’s story. An animated map of his travels is also included.
“It really makes it so much easier [to understand],” Heder said of the map.
Once finished, the film will be available through the foundation’s website (www.shenandoahatwar.org), shown at partner locations and donated to schools for classroom use.
Officials encourage viewers to follow in Jackson’s footsteps by traveling to the sites where historic events occurred.
To donate, visit the foundation’s website or contact the group at (540) 740-4545.
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