Religious film features local reenactors PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 October 2013 09:32
A new film, The Light of Freedom opens Oct. 21 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre in Maumee and features local reenactors from the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Shot entirely in Ohio, the film tells the stories of Ohioans involved in the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Bob Minton, a member of the 14th Ohio served as military reenactor coordinator for the film and portrays a Union officer.
Working with local Civil War reenactors added a new dimension to the film says Kim Robinson, writer and director, "The historical accuracy the reenactors brought to the film was great. We were able to portray actual Civil War battles and the reenactors were always up for the challenge. They withstood heat, freezing cold temperatures and rain to put every effort they could into the story and the movie. It would not have been the same without them."
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The producers of the film, KICKS Flicks are holding a special afternoon showing on Oct. 21 at 4:45 p.m. This showing is for church, ministry and school groups with children. Children will be admitted to this showing at no charge. More information can be found at the website. This special event was something very important to writer and director Kim Robinson, "Along with the educational value of the movie, it carries a strong message of courage, bravery and selflessness. These are important messages for children and youth today. We are excited to be able to offer free admission to children for our afternoon showing in Maumee. Our hope is that churches and schools will get behind this event in a big way and bring as many children for this special showing as possible."
It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom waged by the Underground Railroad. Bishop William Hanby has been a station master on the Underground Railroad for many years. He breaks the law of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Difficulty arises when a new bounty hunter arrives, determined to make money by returning runaway slaves to their masters. The situation is complicated when Hanby's primary railroad conductor joins the Union Army to fight in the war. Further south along the Ohio River, at the border of the slave state of Kentucky and the free state of Ohio, the frontline of the fight for freedom rages. Jackson Cumberland, a free black man, risks his life regularly to help runaway slaves make it across the river. Samuel Woodson, a slave rescued by Jackson, yearns to be re-united with his sister. Your family will be inspired by the life of Hanby and his family. You will be moved by the stories of runaway slaves longing to be re-united with their families, and those risking their lives to save them. You will be captivated as you follow the Union Army's 14th OVI in their fight against the Confederate Army in Virginia.
KICKS Flicks indicates the movie was designed to be an inspirational family film which they hope will both educate and entertain as it encourages viewers to stand for the freedom of every person.
The film portrays serious issues of slavery and war. However, it has been created for family viewing and these issues are handled with children in mind.
KICKS Ministries and Victory Harvest Church, also known as KICKS Victory Harvest, produces family television programming and films.

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