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1864 musical performance will introduce rare big-screen showing of "The Battle of Franklin"


1864 musical performance will introduce rare big-screen showing of "The Battle of Franklin"

The Army of Tennessee Brass Band and Virginia fiddler Brent Feito will appear Sunday at the Franklin Theatre before a showing of the Emmy Award winning film, “The Battle of Franklin.”

The Veteran’s Day program from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will include a brief introduction of the film, music by Feito (who has appeared on time.com), followed by a 20-minute performance of songs heard in The Battle of Franklin from the newly-formed Army of Tennessee Brass Band.

The movie is a 74-minute documentary on the battle.

A Booklist review stated that Robert Hodge’s film is, “. . . an exceptional program for both students and Civil War buffs . . . worthy to be alongside filmmaker Ken Burns’ acclaimed The Civil War.”

Robert Hicks, author of Widow of the South, said, “It’s just great cinematography… The film very much captures the emotion that I would envision was felt at the Battle of Franklin.”

Tickets for the event just went on sale and are $18 and can be purchased through the Franklin Theatre website: www.franklintheatre.com, or call 615-538-2076. The Franklin Theatre is at 419 Main St., Franklin, TN 37064. One-third of the tickets sales will go toward preservation efforts at the Franklin battlefield.

“It is a timeless representation of this important event in our history, and never fails to evoke a multitude of emotions,” Historian, Eric Jacobson said of the documentary. “From the musical score, to the re-enactment footage, to the careful way in which accounts of the battle are interwoven, the film never lags.  The opening scenes are exceptionally powerful and the conclusion is near perfection.”

The film’s director and producer Robert Lee Hodge, of East Nashville, said that it is only the fifth time the film has been shown in Franklin on the big screen. After selling-out the beautiful theater the past four years Hodge is repeating the effort on Sunday, November 11.

“It is always great to share this Emmy Award winning project with an audience from Franklin, and this year we wanted to change it up a bit and add excellent period fiddle and brass band music – and the acoustics of the theatre are great to hear this great live musical performance and the film!” The annual showing of Hodge’s documentary
has generated upwards of $6,500 for Franklin battlefield preservation.

Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, Ed Bearss, said, “. . . one of the best, if not the best, documentaries I have seen on a Civil War battle. Not since Ken Burns’ monumental PBS production, The Civil War, have I seen better.”

Thomas Cartwright added, “This Emmy award-winning DVD truly does justice to Franklin. The scenes depicted herein are as close as anyone will ever wish to be to that vortex of hell.”

Reserved tickets are suggested. Visit the Franklin Theater website www.franklintheatre.com, or call (615) 538-2075.

For more information contact Robert Hodge — robertleehodge@yahoo.com , (703) 994-6970

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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