Well, the trailer for the pilot episode of Amazon’s “Point of Honor” is available and its even worse than first thought. It looks like a movie version of a
Don Troiani Mort Kunstler painting. It is worth emphasizing that in light of recent Hollywood releases “Point of Honor” is an outlier given the narrative’s emphasis on distancing slavery from its main characters. Certainly, the success of “Twelve Years a Slave” demonstrated that the movie-going public can handle an honest portrayal of some of the harshest realities of American slavery and the master-slave relationship. Even Ron Maxwell has been able to push the envelope of the traditional Civil War story with “Copperheads.”
Are there any examples of a West Point cadet renouncing the institution of slavery at the beginning of the war and then fighting for the Confederacy? I honestly don’t know.
This pilot episode appears to be so cliche ridden and so poorly conceived that there is a chance that it never sees the light of day. Judge for yourself.
You could tell from the beginning that this campaign was doomed to fail. It wasn’t at all clear how the money raised would be used, not to mention what the final product would look like. Crowdfunding demands a good deal of research, especially when the goal is a quarter of a million dollars, but most importantly it calls for a certain amount of respect for the community from which the funds are to be raised.
Update: As of 06/03 the campaign has passed $9,300.
I had a feeling we were talking about a Kickstarter campaign. Five days into his campaign and Ron Maxwell has raised roughly $9,000 of the $250,000 that needs by July 7. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Maxwell’s movies. There are a couple of problems with this campaign.
First and foremost, there is no video. How about an interview with Maxwell and/or short preview of one of the stories that he plans to bring to the big screen. I actually like the idea of turning some of these more obscure stories into short movies, but why such a long list. Pick a few and describe in some detail what makes them special and how their filming might add to our understanding of the Civil War. I am surprised by how little information accompanies the individual stories. Continue reading “Can Ron Maxwell Kickstart His Movie Career?”
It’s difficult to imagine what aspects of the Civil War that Ron Maxwell has yet to butcher. Stay tuned.
The official video for Fun’s hit single “Some Nights” has a clear Civil War theme. Here is an alternative take on the song that utilizes scenes from “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” with a little creative cinematography.
[Uploaded to YouTube, September 8, 2013]