April 20, 2014
We have been invited to exhibit No More Gallant a Deed at a forum sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) on Tuesday, April 22, at the Elmer L. Anderson Library on the University of Minnesota campus. We are excited by the opportunity to discuss our vision for No More Gallant a Deed.
This symposium will feature local speakers involved in film production discussing copyrights and other intellectual property ideas. There will also be exhibits featuring patented technologies from local companies. They are expecting an audience of 150.
We are looking for more opportunities to talk about our project. So, if you have any suggestions, or want to invite us to speak, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
After completing the pre-production phase of the film – research, storyboarding, and scripting – we re-evaluated our approach to the story of the First Minnesota. As a result, we’ve changed our point-of-view on how to tell the story and it’s now a tighter, more emotional film. By-products of this change will be a shorter film – two hours instead of four – and a reduced cost – $600,000 instead of $1,500,000.
We reviewed this new vision for the film with our production contacts at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), who had previously committed to broadcasting the film. They fully endorsed this change. As our primary contact said, “Changes that make the film more emotional, tighter, and less expensive are good. In fact, it could be great.”
We are pleased to announce that Chris Spencer, retired VP of Morgan Stanley, has joined our team to help with fundraising and publicity. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-377-9344
With the completion of the pre-production phase, we closed our office in the Casket Arts Building as it was no longer needed. The next step will be to move into an editing suite when we start production.
About The Film
As part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, First Minnesota Films is producing No More Gallant a Deed, a documentary film on the remarkable story of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.
This regiment, described by President Calvin Coolidge “as saviors of their country,” was composed of ten companies of 100 men each from nine Minnesota communities: Winona, Wabasha/Lake City, Red Wing, Hastings, Stillwater, Faribault, Minneapolis, St. Anthony, and St. Paul.
The story of the 1st Minnesota, once Minnesota’s greatest story, has been mostly forgotten. Through the use of archival photographs, newspaper reports, paintings, maps, music, and, most importantly, the voices of the soldiers and the citizens of Minnesota as captured in their letters and diaries, the story of the 1st and the state they called home will be brought to life. This project not only includes the film but also educational materials, books, public exhibitions, and other broadly based public education initiatives.
The 1st Minnesota’s signature act took place on July 2, 1863 during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, when two hundred sixty-two members of the 1st charged 1600 Confederates to gain five-minutes-time to allow Union reinforcements to arrive and close a dangerous gap in the Union line. At the end of the fight, only 42 men walked off the field; the rest were killed or wounded.
To date individual contributors have donated $100,000 in support of the research and story development.
Donations are being handled through IFP MN, a non-profit that supports the media arts and acts as a fiscal agent on behalf of filmmakers. Donations are fully tax deductible. Donations of $100 or more will receive a tax acknowledgement.