Sunday, Sep 29, 2013
On the evening of September 22, 2013, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park debuted its newest park film “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” at The Earl Smith Strand Theater in downtown Marietta, Georgia. In preparation for the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, the new film depicts personal accounts of soldiers and civilians affected by the events which occurred 150 years ago.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park partnered with the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club, the City of Marietta, the Committee for the 150th Civil War Commemoration, and many others, to celebrate not only the premier of this new film but also to incorporate the community that surrounds the park.
As the public arrived at the historic Art Deco theater, they were greeted by park volunteers dressed in 19th century period clothing and musical renditions of Civil War tunes. Prior to taking their seats, the audience was able to meet with a local author and view Civil War artifact displays. The program began with significant musical selections by Ron Carter, the Strand Theatre’s organist, and warm greetings were made by park Superintendent Nancy Walther and Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton.
Inspirational remarks were given by Deputy Regional Director for the Southeast Region Sherri Fields, the Mayor of Marietta Steve Tumlin, and Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club volunteer Kathy Bearden, each expressing their confidence that the new film will provide park visitors with a more complete understanding of the people that inhabited Cobb County, Georgia during that fateful June.
Willie Ray Johnson, Kennesaw Mountain park historian, introduced the film by providing the audience with a brief history of the park and a glimpse behind the scenes of the making of the film. He summarized the film precisely by stating “I believe Kennesaw: One Last Mountain is the most understandable media telling of the story we have ever presented.” With that, the 35 minute film began. At the conclusion of the film, the audience broke out in applause.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park began filming of “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” in the spring of 2012 at the Resaca battlefield in Gordon County, Georgia. Technical guidance was provided by Harpers Ferry Center’s Adam Eisenberg. Chris Wheeler of Great Divide Pictures produced/directed the film. Additional support came through local municipalities, park supporters, and countless volunteers. The film will show in the park’s theater starting Saturday, September 28th.