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Fundraising effort for Antietam documentary falls short of goal

June 03, 2013

A fundraising effort to support a feature-length documentary about the annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination failed to meet its goal by a May 24 deadline, filmmaker Michael Wicklein said.

Wicklein, a former Hagerstown resident, started a campaign to raise $23,110 for the project through the website Kickstarter.

The campaign received $11,175 in pledges from 58 backers, according to the project’s Kickstarter webpage at http://kck.st/XVbpTS.

When a Kickstarter project doesn’t reach its goal by deadline, the project doesn’t receive the pledged amounts.

Wicklein said about $7,000 in checks were written to Save Historic Antietam Foundation for the documentary, because some people preferred to write checks.

He said he was in the process of contacting those people to see if they wanted to leave the money in the care of the nonprofit group to help fund the documentary.

Wicklein said he has not had a chance to talk to “Gods and Generals” author Jeff Shaara yet to see if he will still donate up to $5,000 to the project.

Shaara announced in early May that he would match up to $5,000 in contributions for the project.

Wicklein has said he still wants to get the documentary completed, even if it takes another five to 10 years.

The 25th annual illumination is scheduled for Dec. 7.

For the memorial, volunteers place more than 23,000 luminaria at the battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.

— Julie E. Greene

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