The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 15, 2014

A bit of Hollywood's coming to Medina

Medina Journal-Register — This spring’s Civil War Encampment at Genesee Community College in Medina is going Hollywood.

Ron Maxwell, director of the acclaimed film Gettysburg, is slated to appear. Maxwell also counts Gods and Generals and Copperhead among his Civil War-era film productions.

Derek Maxfield, a GCC history professor who is one of the coordinators of the college’s Civil War Initiative, said landing Maxwell as a guest was a bit unexpected.

“We had a screening of Copperhead last year and I had an opportunity to speak with him afterward,” Maxfield recalled. “We went over a lot of ground, and I suggested to him a bit then, saying, ‘Hey, we hold these annual encampments,’ but I didn’t actually ask him at that time.”

Maxfield said that when he started working on the schedule for this year’s event he looked for a way to “keep it fresh and keep people coming.”

He reached out to Maxwell, not expecting a positive response. To his pleasant surprise, he got one immediately.

“As it so happens, he’s out now promoting the DVD release of Copperhead, so he’s making this stop part of his campaign,” Maxfield said.

Since his stop is publicity oriented, Maxwell is visiting the GCC event for free.

The Civil War Encampment is set for the weekend of April 26-27. Maxfield said Maxwell will present a lecture in an interview format at 1 p.m. April 26.

“GCC started this initiative in 2001, and the most successful component has been the Civil War Lecture Series,” Maxfield noted.

Scheduled to accompany Maxwell is Copperhead screenwriter Bill Kaufman, a Batavia native.

Along with the weekend plans for the public, Maxfield said plans are in the works to bring students from Medina, Albion and Lyndonville to experience the encampment on April 25. 

“I’m really excited about that because I think the students will enjoy it,” he said.

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