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Big News for The Angel! Inspiration.tv, International will be airing The Angel of Marye's Heights in 2014. INI.TV reaches more than 171 countries across the world and over 100 million viewers. We are pleased to have our film air on their network and to the inspired millions that will be able to share in Richard Kirkland's heroic deed. 

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Right Stripe Media was formed in 2010 when Clint Ross, an independent filmmaker, partnered with historian and author Michael Aubrecht. Both principals came together to produce the critically acclaimed Civil War documentary The Angel of Marye’s Heights. Following the success of this highly original and dramatic piece, Clint and Michael decided to form a production company geared towards bringin...

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DVD features?
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One of the most frequently asked questions that we have received following our premiere is what is planned for the DVD version of this film. At this point we are holding screenings at locations including theaters, museums and universities while petitioning donations to cover the anticipated production costs of a DVD package. In it we hope to include: the 28-minute documentary, a dramatic movie version of “The Mercy Scene,” a behind-the-scenes slide show, young Richard Warren’s speech, an interview with Kathleen Warren on the value of teaching our kids living history, my FCWRT lecture on Richard Kirkland, Will White’s music video, videos of Clint and my speeches from the premiere along with audience reactions and more. Our dream would be to have the DVD completed and available for public sale by the anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg in December. Stay tuned for sneak peeks at some of the DVD’s bonus content in future blog posts. (Below is a partial contact sheet for the behind the scenes slide show.)

 
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It’s one thing to have your mother tell you that she loved the movie. It’s completely another to have experts in the field do the same. Following our premiere last weekend we petitioned some of the audience members who work in the field of historical study and film to give us an honest critique.

We are beginning to receive their comments via email and I will post them here (updating as they arrive). We thank them all for their time and consideration. We also videotaped impromptu interviews during the after-party and will post those critiques on the new EVENTS page once it goes live. 

 

"This film was a poignant, inspiring portrayal of an unassuming hero.  It made a touching Civil War story leap from the pages of history and come alive." – Jane Conner, historian and author of Birthstone of the White House and Capitol and Sinners, Saints, & Soldiers in Civil War Stafford. 

 

"A great Civil War story brilliantly crafted.  The use of animation augmenting the experts was superb." – Scott Eyestone, Director/Editor, Civil War Fredericksburg: Then & Now DVD

 

"A fine debut from filmmakers Clint Ross and Michael Aubrecht telling the remarkable story of American hero Richard Kirkland, with his touching act of humanity at Fredericksburg in an otherwise brutal war."Scott C. Boyd, Civil War News

 

"The Angel of Marye’s Heights demonstrates the selfless civil acts that individual soldiers made in a vastly uncivil war. The film was superbly done and conveys the truly personal side of those who gave all for what they believed." – Tom Van Winkle, Director of Communications, Central VA Battlefields Trust

 

"The Angel of Marye’s Heights is as timeless as it is timely. As Americans get set to commemorate our country’s Civil War sesquicentennial, the film and the story it tells are a moving reminder of — and a fitting tribute to — the men behind the monuments." – Mark Coombs, Civil War Preservation Trust

 

"The Angel of Marye's Heights was a brilliantly produced documentary film about Richard Kirkland's selfless heroism in the eye of the storm. Michael Aubrecht and Clint Ross left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of patrons who attended the premiere. This story is one that needs to be shared across the country." - Chris Williams, freelance writer and critic
 
A night to remember
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 Above: Attending cast (left to right), Clint Ross, Donald Pfanz, Richard Warren II,
John Cummings, Megan Hicks, Michael Aubrecht

Last night’s opening here inFredericksburg could not have gone better and I am still trying to takeit all in. We will be adding an entirely new “Premiere” section to thefilm’s website which will feature video, photos and commentary from the event. Until then, here’s a quick update…

Afterspending all morning configuring the theater, syncing the AV systemswith our computers, setting up the posters, exhibit tables and lights,our team was joined by local exhibitors, preservationists andre-enactors who all added both a purpose and character to the evening’sfestivities. As producer, I was very anxious about the kind of crowdthat we would get. In all honesty, I thought that we might fill theseats. I never expected what was to come.

Thedoors opened at 6:00 and within 15 minutes the theater was atmax-capacity and then some. Every seat and standing area was filled andthey were forced to close the doors. As a result, we made the decisionto hold a second showing later in the evening.

Followingthe first 30-minute screening and speeches by Clint and me, we weretaped for broadcast by the good folks at History Scene and interviewedby Civil War News. We had a roving cameraman and photographer shoot theparty crowd and even taped our own spots for video. The estimated audiencecount was approx. 200 at the first showing and the second was alsosuccessful (w/ a much smaller crowd).

Ourfilm received rave reviews by everyone in attendance from NPS staff tonon-history buffs. The donors contributing to the DVD portion of thisproject were very generous and we were able to shine a spotlight onseveral other causes including the National Civil War Life Foundation,Friends of the Wilderness Battlefields, the Friends of theFredericksburg Area Battlefields, the Civil War Preservation Trust andlocal tourism promoters.

Itwas an exhausting and exhilarating experience and we are just gettingstarted. To those who were turned away at the door after we metcapacity, I am very sorry. The film will be running at the Civil WarLife Museum daily starting in the next week or so. Believe it or not,this is just the beginning. We have some big screenings coming up alongwith lots of press.

Clint and I could not be more thankful. Stay tuned.

 
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Today we made the cover of the Weekender in The Free Lance-Star. Thanks to FLS reporter Mike Zitz for writing a nice piece. You can read the online version here.

A NEW FILM DEPICTS THE EPIC TALE OF 'THE ANGEL OF MARYE'S HEIGHTS'
By Michael Zitz. Date published: 7/22/2010. (The Free Lance-Star Weekender)

"The Angel of Marye's Heights: A Short Film of Courage and Compassion at the Battle of Fredericksburg" will debut Saturday at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

The film, directed by South Carolina filmmaker Clint Ross--and produced by Ross and Spotsylvania Civil War author Michael Aubrecht--tells the moving tale of a legendary act of compassion by 19-year-old Confederate soldier Richard Kirkland.

At Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862, Kirkland and his comrades in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment assembled behind the stone wall below Marye's Heights and slaughtered Union troops approaching their position.

During a frigid night and morning, Union wounded lay dying, crying out for help as troops on both sides hunkered down, believing they could do nothing more than listen to the pitiful pleas for help.

The story goes that on the morning of the 14th, Kirkland could bear it no more and crossed the wall, under fire. He is said to have brought water and blankets to enemy troops.

Union soldiers stopped shooting as he carried out his mission of mercy for two hours.

Kirkland was killed less than a year later at the Battle of Chickamauga.

In 1965, a bronze-and-granite memorial to him--sculpted by Felix de Weldon, who also did the Iwo Jima Memorial--was unveiled off Sunken Road, where his act of mercy is said to have taken place.

Aubrecht said people find the story compelling due to "the mere bravery of the situation. It's a vivid tale of massacre interlaced with a compassionate and daring moment.

"There is something universal inside of us that celebrates and agrees with Kirkland's act."

He said that when he gives tours of the site, "As I begin speaking about Kirkland's act, there is a sense of calm that comes over most people. I believe this is because he reminds us that these men were not mindless killing machines--they were human, and in many ways just like us.

"Kirkland's moment of mercy makes the death and destruction a little more tolerable by introducing a conscience."

Some, though, wonder if Kirkland's act of compassion really happened.

"One thing historians agree on is that there simply are no wartime accounts of this," said Kevin Levin, a historian and author in Charlottesville. "The earliest account is an 1880 letter published in the Charleston Courier Carrier. As an historian, it's deeply troubling there are no wartime accounts.

"I think it's impossible to know whether Kirkland engaged in this specific act at Fredericksburg. No doubt these kinds of things happened throughout the war, and it probably happened in Fredericksburg," Levin said.

More interesting, he said, is "this is a reflection of the way a lot of Americans love to see the Civil War. We sort of celebrate our Civil War."

He said some see the war as an example of our "best character" emerging in the most difficult of times.

"I find it kind of troubling," Levin said. "I think what it does is distract Americans from the brutality of the war."

Aubrecht responded: "All I can say at this point is that every historian involved with this project, both in front of and behind the camera, to include the Fredericksburg National Park Service who are the custodians of Kirkland's memory, have found no evidence that disproves this story.

"Is there some speculation in the minor details? Of course there is, but we believe this story to be true. That said, it does read like a Hollywood script, so I understand the skepticism among some people."

Ross, the director, has his own take.

"I spent time at the Fredericksburg National Park Service researching the event, and discovered several legitimate facts and names surrounding Kirkland.

"As I dove deeper into the story, I was lead to names and organizations such as The Daughters of Confederacy--The Kershaw Chapter, Mac Wycoff, Donald Pfanz, Michael Aubrecht These guys had done their research and committed years to the subject of Kirkland and the Civil War.

"This film is not as much about proving the validity of the story as much as it is, well, simply telling the story," Ross said.

Following Saturday's opening, the film will be shown as a permanent part of the exhibit at the Civil War Life Museum downtown.

Aubrecht said The National Civil War Life Foundation, which sponsored the film, plans to use it as the centerpiece of a Richard Kirkland seminar in the future.

SIDEBAR: What: "The Angel of Marye's Heights: A Short Film of Courage and Compassion at the Battle of Fredericksburg." When: Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Doors open at 6 p.m.; film starts at 6:30 p.m. No one will be admitted during the 30-minute screening. Program includes remarks from the filmmakers, museum exhibits, preservationist booths, music, slide show, re-enactors and more. Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Hosted by the nonprofit National Civil War Life Foundation. Cost: Admission, refreshments and exhibits are free. Suggested donation of $5 to go toward the film's anticipated DVD production costs. Info: theangelmovie.com; civilwarlife.org

 
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