In the last two months, this blog has become the unofficial news outlet for anything and everything surrounding the Gods and Generals Director’s Cut, something that Civil War and American history enthusiasts alike have been waiting for since 2003. In November, I broke the grain-of-salt news that rumors were floating around regarding a release of the film in the first quarter of 2011. Then, after speaking to actor Brian Mallon, both through email and in our interview, he confirmed that the Cut would be coming in the spring, though the premiere is slated to be shown in July. Either way, we now have definite confirmation that it is coming this year, it’s just a matter of when.
We now have some news regarding the World Premiere, which is scheduled for July 22 and 23 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. The two-day event will feature a two-hour panel discussion with actors Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, and Stephen Lang to be moderated by director Ronald Maxwell. This will last from 3-5 pm on the 23rd. There will then be a one-hour break before the actual film is shown, which will last from 6-11 pm. This is a highly exclusive event and you must order tickets to be allowed in. As of right now, the price and how to order is “to be determined”, but I have been in contact with one of their representatives who has added me to their email list, so any information I get will be passed on here.
I am really hoping to attend this because it seems like a once in a lifetime event. I was 12 years old and in sixth grade when I went to the movie theater with my mom to see this for the first time, and my love for this film has stayed with me all this time. The Antietam footage going in was regarded as the best footage shot for the entire movie, by all those lucky enough to have seen it. I also hope there will be some kind of a meet-and-greet with the actors, because I know Brian Mallon will be attending and I would love to get a chance to speak to him in person, after he gave such a great interview.