Friends and Fans,
Happy Holidays! I hope 2014 has been good to you. The Gettysburg Story continues to roll along. We've just finished a new Expanded Edition. Thanks to MPT the original film has broadcast to over 85% of the country on American Public Television. Gettysburg's historic downtown Majestic Theater ran the film nightly during the summer months again this year. In the spirit of aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, The Gettysburg Story partnered with the new Heritage Center to launch a tethered balloon to allow visitors to see the surrounding battlefield like never before. Folks that rode the balloon seemed to love it, some others not so much. Mother Nature was certainly in the latter group, ultimately grounding the balloon in September.
I've worked on several other film projects including shooting footage with actor Stephen Lang in Afghanistan at Bagram and a Forward Operating Base as well as in the Middle East and onboard the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) nuclear aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. We even tail-hooked onto the deck. It will be part the film version of Beyond Glory, SLang's one-man show about 8 Medal of Honor recipients. I'm also beginning a film project with Journey Through Hallowed Ground, telling the story of the unparalleled history in the National Heritage Area running from Gettysburg, PA., through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, W.VA., to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.
Finally, on June 23 at 12:12 am, my wife Heather and I welcomed our first child - Lincoln Ross Boritt. Around the neighborhood they call him 'lil Prez. He's almost 6 months old now. Picture below...
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best in the New Year, Thank you for your support and as always please join us and share with your friends.
New Expanded Edition Available Now
Since we first premiered The Gettysburg Story in June of last year, folks have been asking to see more. As a filmmaker, perhaps the highest compliment an audience can give your work is to say "it's too short." We've been promising we'd release a bunch of the footage that we left on the cutting room floor - or edit system hard drive - as the case may be. Finally, after months of work with editor Ira Meistrich, we are releasing The Gettysburg Story: Expanded Edition Double DVD. This new Expanded Edition Double DVD set includes over 3 hours of new material for the true Gettysburg aficionado. Included are Outtakes featuring over 2½ hours of beautiful battlefield imagery filmed from aerial drones, helicopters, motion-control time-lapse rigs. There is no narration - just music and place names. You can watch the Outtakes in the chronology of the battle or via battlefield geography using the map menu. Also included is 'Making The Gettysburg Story', a 53 minute film which takes you behind-the-scenes to see how the groundbreaking project was created. There is also other bonus materials along with the original hour long film. This is for folks who want to see as much of Gettysburg as possible.
20% Discount With Promotional Code
Via our online store you can order the Expanded Edition from amazon.com and even get it by Christmas if you choose 2 day shipping. For fans and friends we are offering a 20% discount with the code '18632014' - be sure to enter this code in the shipment & payment section under Promotional Codes.
New From Gabor Boritt: The Will of God Prevails: Meditations on God and the Gettysburg Address
My dad Gabor Boritt has just released a new book - The Will of God Prevails: Meditations on God and the Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln belongs to Everywoman and Everyman, and sometimes it seems that everyone puts words into Lincoln's mouth-words that people wish Lincoln had uttered. Not in this book. Every quotation here came from Lincoln's writings. Although they are not in strict chronological order, every quotation comes from original Lincoln manuscripts and documents, and every effort was made to keep their meaning. Many believe that readers of all ages will find a powerful message in Lincoln's words. Works by Abraham Lincoln Illustrations by Sam Fink and Wendy Allen Compiled & Edited by Gabor Boritt
About The Gettysburg Story
The Gettysburg Story brings alive America's greatest battle in a fresh, dynamic way for buffs and novices. The film uses cutting-edge technologies including aerial drone cinematography, helicopter mounted cameras, motion control time-lapse, and 3D animated maps to bring the stories of Lincoln, Lee, Meade, and others to a new generation. It's perfect for newcomers and students. The companion self-guided Auto Tour take visitors around the actual battlefield - dramatically telling the story at the very place that events took place. The Gettysburg Story was created by filmmaker Jake Boritt, based on works by historian Gabor Boritt and narrated by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg).
You'll see Gettysburg-a unique, timeless American place-as it's never been seen before. Find out more at www.GettysburgStory.com If you do enjoy the Gettysburg Story please consider offering your customer review and rating at Amazon.com. The more positive ratings a film receives the more chance it reaches a wider audience. Please help us keep the already very positive momentum going.
Free Educators' Guide presented by The Civil War Trust
Many teachers use The Gettysburg Story in the classroom and as preparation for visits to the battlefield. This educators' guide contains 7 Common core- aligned activities that augment and enhance the historical content of the film for students in grades 6-12. The activities are independent of each other, and you may choose one some, or all to present along with the film. www.gettysburgstory.com/educators