November 18 2019
Love & Valor – The Intimate Civil War Letters
Chicago, Illinois May 4, 2011. Love & Valor-The Intimate Civil War Letters is a narrative documentary based on the story of a Union soldier and his wife as told through their actual letters. Among the best, if not the best, set of letters between a husband and wife during the American Civil War. Narrated by Brian Dennehy, the movie also includes the strange stories of how filmmaker Charles Larimer found his great great grandparents letters.
Love & Valor is an official selection at the The Fifth Annual International Social Uprising, Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.) Film Festival and will be shown on Saturday May 21, 2011 at 5:00pm at The Variant; 4810 Northeast Garfield Avenue, Portland, OR 97211. The S.U.R.G.E. Film Festival runs from May 17 to May 23, 2011. Admission is free of charge.
Special seating has been reserved for members of the media to attend this amazing event!
Narrated by Tony Award winning actor Brian Dennehy (Cocoon, First Blood, Presumed Innocent, F/X), the story is based on the actual letters between an Iowa captain during the Civil War and his wife. The book upon which the movie is based has received national attention – the Smithsonian featured it in the month after 9/11 as a testimony to the strength of the American family. Georgia Public TV used Captain Jacob Ritner's letters as the main voice of the North for the Atlanta Campaign in its four-part series "Georgia and the Civil War" broadcast in 2002. Harvard University Press made frequent reference to Emeline in its 2005 publication Daughters of the Union – Northern Women Fight the Civil War by Nina Silber.
The movie has received numerous recognition in film festivals over the last year including Best Documentary at the Black Earth Film Festival in Galesburg, Illinois; a Redemptive Storyteller Award at the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia; and nominations for Best Documentary from the Iowa Motion Picture Association, the Beloit International Film Festival, and the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. Filmmaker Charles Larimer won an Emerging Film Maker Award at the Beloit International Film Festival.
The 2011 Fifth Annual S.U.R.G.E.! Film Festival is a Mobile Event and Intentional Community created for the Design, Collaboration and Implementation of Multicultural, Multimedia, Social Justice Projects and Groups. A Training Grounds and Theory-Meets-Action Camp for Social Justice Organizers And Those Who Desire To Become Social Justice Organizers. Please visit www.wesurge.org.
Ritner, a Union Captain from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, was a teacher, farmer and abolitionist before the war. The movie tells of patriotism, loneliness, slavery, anguish at the death of loved ones, and their devotion to each other. As Emeline is faced with the daunting task of raising four small children, managing the family farm and dealing with other women in town, Jacob participates in a great adventure, witnessing the death of family and friends, and seeing new lands and changing views of the South.
Please contact Charles Larimer at email@example.com for additional documents describing both the book and the movie. Additional pictures are available. Larimer would be very happy to provide telephone interviews as part of this showing.
YouTube Trailers for Love and Valor - The Intimate Civil War Letters
Love and Valor Facebook Page
Love and Valor Movie Web Site