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Status report on film sought

March 17, 1999

The Washington County Commissioners and Hagerstown City Council members said they want a status report on plans for a movie version of the Civil War novel "Gods and Generals" and a copy of the screen play before deciding whether to extend guarantees on a loan that is now due by March 31.

The production company Antietam Filmworks has borrowed about $355,000 from Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, and has been making regular payments on the interest, bank representative Robert Ernst told the commissioners and council members who were together for a joint meeting Tuesday.

Of that loan, the city has guaranteed $50,000 and the county has guaranteed $250,000, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

Ernst said it was his understanding that the filmmakers wanted more time to "put together the financing for the film."

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger Jr. said the commissioners and council members should ask for a status report on the project before deciding what to do about the loan.

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Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said they also should ask to see a screen play, which is already due to the city by March 31 as part of the loan agreement.

The other commissioners and council members agreed, meaning that both bodies will have to meet again to make a decision before the March 31 deadline.

- Dan Kulin

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