150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Hello Kickstarter Backers and Others,
Tuesday, November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In 272 words Lincoln challenged America to rise to "a new birth of freedom."
We haven't posted to our Kickstarter page for a while but you can always find what's going on with the project via our website or Facebook page. Available at: http://www.GettysburgStory.com
The Gettysburg Story film dramatically shows America's greatest battle as you have never seen it before.
Public Television National Broadcast
The Gettysburg Story will be broadcast on Public Television, reaching over 83% of the United States in November. MPT (Maryland Public Television) presents the program distributed by American Public Television to 350+ stations. Please check your local listings. Visit our web-page for a link to a listing of scheduled airings. If you do not see the film scheduled in your area please make a request from your local public televisions station. www.GettysburgStory.com
New York City Theatrical Premiere with Stephen Lang & more
Please join us on November 21 for the theatrical premiere of The Gettysburg Story in New York City. I will be joined by actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Gettysburg), historian Gabor Boritt and other members of the team including editor Ira Meistrich, co-producer Andrew Mambo, the Smith Bros. animation team, composer Chris Woll and more. The Q&A will be moderated by Prof. Jamal Joseph of Columbia University's Film Division. We will also premiere The Wheatfield, a beautiful short animated film written and performed by Stephen Lang. Tickets are for sale online. This is the first time either film has played on the big screen in New York City. Thursday, November 21, 2013 8pm MIST Cinema 46 W. 116th Street NYC Tickets:http://boritt.com/gettysburgnyc.html
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Two days later I fly to Lincoln's hometown for a special screening at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Free tickets are available online. Sunday, November 24 3 pm Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Springfield, Il
Home Video and Educators' Guide Now Available
The Gettysburg Story DVD and download are available online along with the companion Battlefield Auto Tour. A Blu-ray version will be available soon. At the request of numerous audience members we are also putting the finishing touches on a special edition multi-disc set featuring hours of additional footage. The Civil War Trust is presenting a companion Educators' Guide to help teachers bring the film to students. www.GettysburgStory.com
2013 so far
It's been a wonderful whirlwind of a year so far for the Gettysburg Story project. It started with our Kickstarter crowd funding campaign in the spring. Our 500+ backers propelled us forward. The film premiered in June at The Gettysburg Festival before over 600 audience members. In July the battle sesquicentennial drew nearly a quarter-million people to our small town in a few days. Our film screened to a full house at the Gettysburg Foundation's Sacred Trust in the National Park Visitor Center, at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, and as part of the Seminary Ridge Museum grand opening. Throughout July Gettysburg's Majestic Cinema ran the film - extending the run twice to meet demand. Our film had a special screening at the United States Capitol. In the audience Senator Majority Whip Richard Durbin mouthed the words to the Gettyburg Address, the final scene of the film. Screenings continued with events for Lancaster's Civil War Round Table, at Cornell University and, presented by Journey Through Hallowed Ground at the Middleburg Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival before 400+ people at Charlottesville's historic Paramount Theater.
Once again thanks to all our backers on Kickstarter and beyond. In July we sent hundreds of packages to our supporters who had entered their address. We've been so busy preparing for the national broadcast we still need to send out a couple items that we are waiting to arrive. These final items will be coming in the next few weeks - I apologize for the delay. If you are a backer and have not received any rewards please send an email to GettysburgStory@boritt.com with the proper shipping address and your reward level.
Beyond Glory Play and New Film When not screening The Gettysburg Story I've spent much of the last month crisscrossing the country with Stephen Lang as he performs his one man play Beyond Glory based on Larry Smith's book. Lang portrays 8 Medal of Honor winners. In January we travel overseas with the Department of Defense to bring the film to troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti and other locations. Stay tuned as the film progresses.
If you are interested in setting up a screening of The Gettysburg Story please contact us at GettysburgStory@boritt.com
Thank you again for your support for The Gettysburg Story. This project would not have happened without you and all of our backers. And be "dedicated here to the unfinished work...that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
ThisThursday we will announce the world premiere of The Gettysburg Story at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. The premiere will be Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 pm - Father's Day. So bring your dad to Gettysburg!
The Gettysburg Festival is presenting the event. Tickets are $10 each plus a $2 service fee. We want to give all our backers a heads up before we go public so you have a couple days to buy your tickets before we make the announcement public.
You can purchase tickets here if you like:
If you contributed at the $500 level or above you will receive two tickets to the June 16 premiere.
The film will also screen nightly at the Majestic Cinema from June 28 to July 11 to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations.
We are still missing information from more then half of you. In order for us to mail rewards to you and keep you updated in the future please fill out this quick form (we don't share your info with anyone!): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rpUdrTm0m1lTkemHzzhflEQlUy7re4eJZXNxqqWR93s/viewform
Thanks for all you've done and we hope to see you in Gettysburg.
It's been a couple of weeks since our Gettysburg Story Kickstarter campaign wrapped up. It was an overwhelming success thanks to you! Together - over 500 of you - we raised over $66,000. Combined with two additional grants we totaled over $75,000 in one month! That is triple the initial goal of $25,000! Thank you so much for making this happen. We are now busy working on the film, getting it ready for its release.
It's not public yet, but we are telling you first: the world premiere of The Gettysburg Story will be on the afternoon of June 16 at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. That's Father's Day - so bring your dad to Gettysburg! We will be making the official announcement shortly. There will also be multiple screenings during the two weeks surrounding the 150th anniversary of the battle in Gettysburg. We are still working out the broadcast date(s) on public television.
In the coming months you will be receiving your rewards but first we need to get some information from you. Please fill out this survey.
We have received multiple requests from folks who missed backing our Kickstarter campaign but still hope to be part of the project. We’ve set up a donations page with slightly higher backing levels for rewards then our Kickstarter campaign. Please share with any friends who may want to join us. http://www.GettysburgStory.com
Again, thank you so much for making this happen.
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We appreciate the contributions of ALL our backers and you will have our sincere heartfelt appreciation. You will receive 'The Gettysburg Story' soundtrack digital download and we will add you to our mailing list.Estimated delivery:
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'The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour" guidebook and 3 audio CD set presents a gripping journey through the world-famous National Park. Based on works by Gabor Boritt, performed by Stephen Lang, written and produced by Jake Boritt, this is a best-seller. PLUS all of the previous awards.Estimated delivery:Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
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DVD copy of '759: Boy Scouts of Harlem' (2010, Dir. Jake Boritt & Justin Szlasa), 'Budapest to Gettysburg' (2007, Dir. Jake Boritt), and 'Adams County USA' (2002, Dir. Jake Boritt). PLUS all of the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
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Credit! Your name or the name of a friend or family member credited in the end credit roll of 'The Gettysburg Story.' And a copy of Gabor Boritt's book "The Gettysburg Gospel" signed by the author. PLUS all of the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:Add $17 USD to ship outside the US
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Special edition signed print. A gorgeous 16"x20" still image captured from the film and printed on professional grade paper. PLUS all of the previous rewards.Estimated delivery:Add $48 USD to ship outside the US
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Just Added! As the first 25 sold-out we've added 5 more pre-premiere party and dinner rewards.You will receive an invitation for two people to the premiere in Gettysburg, Pa. A pre-premiere party and dinner will take place at the Boritt family's historic Civil War era farm at the edge of the battlefield. A multi-course locally sourced dinner will be created by Highlands Dinner Club. PLUS all of the above rewardsEstimated delivery:Add $48 USD to ship outside the US
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