Hagerstown extends movie's loan guarantees

April 09, 1999

Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday to extend until May 31 loan guarantees to the makers of a planned movie based on a Civil War novel.

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 in Hagerstown.

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

On March 30, the Washington County Commissioners extended their loan guarantees for 30 days.

The loan was originally due March 31.

As part of the loan agreement, the filmmakers sent a screenplay for the planned movie to city officials.

City Attorney John H. Urner said he has enjoyed reading the first 150 pages of the screenplay, which he said was about 400 pages long.

A confidentiality agreement with the company prohibits city officials from discussing the screenplay or from making the screenplay available to the public, Urner said.


- Dan Kulin

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