Thursday, October 16, 2008JOHNSON CITY – A free public showing of the award-winning film “Freedom” will be presented by the East Tennessee State University Alumni Association on Monday (Oct. 20) at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
“Freedom” was written, produced and directed by ETSU alumnus Rick McVey, a professional actor with over 30 years of experience in broadcast, stage and film who is familiar to regional audiences as a member of the resident acting company at the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. He is the founder of McVey Multimedia Inc., a Bristol, Va.-based producer of commercial, industrial and entertainment video projects.
As McVey notes, for over two-and-a-half years, nearly three million Union and Confederate forces had been fighting the American Civil War, with large and small battles taking place in thousands of locations.
In this true Civil War story based in Northeast Tennessee, in November 1863, over 800 Union soldiers are taken prisoner by Confederate forces near Rogersville and forced to march to Bristol, where they are loaded onto trains and sent to prison camps in Richmond, Va., and Andersonville, Ga. With the help of Union sympathizers, some generous – but sometimes unwitting – Confederates, and a free black man who serves as an Underground Railroad pilot, two prisoners escape and make their way to safety through the dangerous countryside and rugged East Tennessee mountains.
“Before the journey ends, both men discover that freedom is something all men possess, but living that freedom can have costs they never imagined.”
After the screening, a brief question-and-answer session will allow the audience to learn more from McVey and others who were involved in the making of the movie, including ETSU students, alumni, Division of Theatre and Dance faculty members, and others.
“Freedom” walked away with the top awards at the 2007 Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF). Co-sponsored by ETSU, SOAPIFF 2008 is scheduled in mid-November.
For more information on the screening or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Alumni Office at (423) 439-4218.