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Loan extension OK'd for makers of movie 'Gods and Generals'

March 30, 1999

The Washington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to extend loan guarantees to the makers of a planned movie based on the Civil War.

Antietam Filmworks, a company set up by filmmaker Ronald Maxwell to produce "Gods and Generals," has borrowed about $355,000 from Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust.

The county has guaranteed $250,000 of that amount and the City of Hagerstown has guaranteed $50,000.

Maxwell had promised county and city officials a draft of the script based on the book "Gods and Generals" by today.

County Attorney Richard Douglas said the filmmaker has indicated that the script is ready but asked for a "reasonable" amount of time to deliver it.

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The County Commissioners voted 5-0 to extend the date 30 days.

The City Council is expected to vote on the matter by April 20, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

Commissioner William J. Wivell voted to extend the loan guarantees but expressed pessimism about the project.

"This is a business we shouldn't even be in in the first place," Wivell said.

- Brendan Kirby and Dan Kulin

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