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Ithaca, NY (May 13, 2015) – Award-winning local film company PhotoSynthesis Productions will hold a special Final Pre-Release Screening of its film CIVIL WARRIORS at Cinemapolis at 7 PM on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Eric Acree of Cornell University’s Africana Center, and featuring co-directors/co-producers Deborah C. Hoard and Che Broadnax, members of the cast and crew, and possible special guests TBA.

Tickets to the screening and panel discussion cost $9 and are available online at www.cinemapolis.org. This is the final screening before the film enters the festival circuit.

CIVIL WARRIORS tells the true story of 26 African-American men from Tompkins County who enlisted in the US Colored Troops and fought in the Civil War.

CIVIL WARRIORS is not a reenactment, but rather a dramatic spoken word performance that brings the story to life as six actors perform in period dress, their words carefully interwoven with historical images and contemporary commentary.

Narrator Sean Eversley Bradwell, professor at Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, provides historical background and helps us understand the events of the period and their impact on us today. The film is inspired by the play I AM A MAN, TOO by Ithaca playwright and historian Carol Kammen, with a screenplay by local spoken word artist and poet Ben Porter Lewis.

An innovative educational DVD, a companion to the film, is in development for use in 11th grade social studies classrooms. The DVD includes teacher resources, lesson plans, interviews, maps, links and other materials. There will be opportunities at the screening to donate to a fundraiser for the production of this educational DVD. Donations can be tax deductible if desired.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.