Crowdfunding campaigns have not been kind to Civil War movie productions. The producers for the Civil War mini-series “To Appomattox” attempted a Kickstarter campaign, but was met with little interest and even Ron Maxwell failed in his attempt to fund a project that would bring famous works of historical fiction to life. Smaller productions have met with a similar fate.
The latest is an attempt to turn one of Lochlainn Seabrook’s books about Nathan Bedford Forrest into a feature film. Seabrook runs Sea Raven Press, which publishes Civil War books from a “Southern point of view.”
He is also an expert on UFOs and aliens. Here is a link to their crowdfunding site and a promotional video.
It’s just a bit disappointing. If you have any doubts just check out this example of the director’s work. I’ve heard plenty of people suggest that their Confederate heritage is under assault, but apparently it isn’t under enough of a threat to support this film. Now we are only a few days into a campaign that hopes to reach $48,300 so there is still plenty of time. Sea Raven Press gets a good deal of free publicity on various Confederate heritage websites so it should be interesting to see just how many people follow through and offer some level of support. With a $5,000 donation you get “a substantial supporting role with dialogue if you desire.” At the rate they are going you can probably donate $500 and play the starring role.
I don’t mind admitting that part of me really wants to see this film made. It looks that bad.
If it doesn’t work out they can always check out “The Free State of Jones” which is slated for a 2016 release. Heads will explode.