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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2011
Exactly 148 years ago Wednesday, Union and Confederate forces clashed in the streets of Hagerstown. It happened three days after the Battle of Gettysburg as Rebel forces retreated south. Trapped by a swollen Potomac River, the retreating Confederates were met by Union troops in mounted charges and dismounted duels. What unfolded on July 6, 1863, while often overlooked, was not forgotten. The events of that day stepped out of the annals of history and onto the screen Wednesday when the City of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau premiered the documentary “Valor in the Streets: The Battle of Hagerstown.” Written and directed by author and city zoning administrator Stephen Bockmiller, the documentary told the story of the battle using a mixture of live action, interviews with historians and narration by television news personality Kelly Wright of Hagerstown.
LIFESTYLE
March 16, 2011
Viewers in Hagerstown can see both episodes of “Fág an Bealach” on the Smithsonian Channel from 8 to 10 p.m. today. Irish filmmakers Tile Films produced the documentary, shot in part in Washington County. “Fág an Bealach” tells the story of the Irish Brigade, a decorated military unit which fought during the American Civil War. “Faugh a ballagh!” means “Clear the way!” in old Gaelic. It was the battle cry of the Irish Brigade, which fought in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania on the side of the Union.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2011
“It was beautiful,” Stephen Sheredy said. “I cried, I laughed, it was just like a movie,” said Angie Burns. Maryland Public Television gave participants in its upcoming “Our Town — Hagerstown” documentary a private screening Sunday of the episode they helped to create. “Our Town” is not the average documentary series, said Matt Rains, coordinating producer. “It turns the tables on the standard documentary,” he said. “Usually MPT is the one in control of the story.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2011
A planned statue of Frank W. Buckles of Charles Town, America's last surviving World War I veteran, could stand in Charles Town, in Buckles' hometown in Missouri or in France, where he served.  Where it ends up depends on who first comes up with the $375,000 it will cost to make, said Gregory Marra, the Pennsylvania sculptor who wants to make the statue.  Marra and David DeJonge, a market strategist and filmmaker from Grand Rapids, Mich., who is working on a documentary on Buckles' life, hosted a news conference Friday at the Holiday Inn to launch a campaign to raise money for the statue and documentary.
NEWS
June 3, 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.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
"Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara announced Monday he would match up to $5,000 in contributions to help fund a documentary about the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. Former Hagerstown resident Michael Wicklein is producing a feature-length documentary about the annual December illumination and the stories behind the luminarias. During the annual December event, volunteers place 23,000 luminarias at Antietam National Battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2012
The memories of Brendon Colliflower and Samantha Kelly continue to be a part of Williamsport Nation. Recently, Sports Illustrated featured a piece it had been working on since mid-summer. The magazine sold out on area newsstands. The story looks back to May 5, the date of the Williamsport prom and the evening when Colliflower and Kelly were killed in a one-car accident. “(SI) came in town in mid-July and August and spent time with me and some of the seniors,” said Williamsport baseball coach David Warrenfeltz.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2011
Hagerstown will make its way into homes across the state this month when Maryland Public Television highlights the city in its second installment of “Our Town.” Hagerstown and its surrounding attractions will be featured in the one-hour documentary that will air June 14 at 8 p.m., said Matt Rains, coordinating producer. The documentary will give people across Maryland an intimate look at the Hagerstown community, he said. From landmarks like Krumpe’s Do-Nuts, Gordon’s Grocery and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to lesser-known parts of the area, its people and its history, the documentary will show Hagerstown’s unique flavor and culture, Rains said.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 19, 2012
When Courtney Ryan left Greencastle to attend Eastern Mennonite University, she never dreamed she'd produce a television documentary. Ryan, 21, a senior at EMU in Harrisonburg, Va., along with 15 other students from her visual and communication arts class produced “Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry.” The documentary will air Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on channel 3 (WHTM). “Weaving Life,” will air on select ABC-TV stations nationally from Sunday through Dec. 16, according to a news release from EMU. Ryan said Paulette Moore, media arts and peacebuilding professor at EMU oversaw the students who worked on the documentary.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2011
Steven Corderman, a Washington County resident who was a patient at the now-closed Rosewood Center, went through “hell,” his father recalls in a documentary film about the troubled state mental-health facility. Corderman was sometimes put in a straitjacket, and other times he would fight people, requiring at least three people to control him, said his father, Nelson Corderman. “I think about Jesus up in heaven. And I pray about Jesus to get me out of this place,” Steven Corderman said in the documentary about the closing of the Rosewood Center.
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June 3, 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.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
"Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara announced Monday he would match up to $5,000 in contributions to help fund a documentary about the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. Former Hagerstown resident Michael Wicklein is producing a feature-length documentary about the annual December illumination and the stories behind the luminarias. During the annual December event, volunteers place 23,000 luminarias at Antietam National Battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Students in the Veterans Club at Hagerstown Community College will hold a special screening of the documentary, “Restrepo,” Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., at Kepler Center on HCC's main campus. “Restrepo” is a full-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. According to the film website, the movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost that was considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. The outpost is named “Restrepo” after a medic who was killed in action.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | October 30, 2012
The memories of Brendon Colliflower and Samantha Kelly continue to be a part of Williamsport Nation. Recently, Sports Illustrated featured a piece it had been working on since mid-summer. The magazine sold out on area newsstands. The story looks back to May 5, the date of the Williamsport prom and the evening when Colliflower and Kelly were killed in a one-car accident. “(SI) came in town in mid-July and August and spent time with me and some of the seniors,” said Williamsport baseball coach David Warrenfeltz.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 19, 2012
When Courtney Ryan left Greencastle to attend Eastern Mennonite University, she never dreamed she'd produce a television documentary. Ryan, 21, a senior at EMU in Harrisonburg, Va., along with 15 other students from her visual and communication arts class produced “Weaving Life: The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry.” The documentary will air Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on channel 3 (WHTM). “Weaving Life,” will air on select ABC-TV stations nationally from Sunday through Dec. 16, according to a news release from EMU. Ryan said Paulette Moore, media arts and peacebuilding professor at EMU oversaw the students who worked on the documentary.
NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | September 27, 2012
Zion Baptist Church, at 61 Bethel St. in Hagerstown, will hold a free health and fitness expo Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited. There will be presentations on healthy eating and exercising. Attendees will hear success stories from those who have lost weight. There will also be demonstrations and health screenings. There will be information on skin care, hair styling and spiritual dancing, as well as karate demonstrations and gospel music. Local businesses will be on hand with information about healthy living.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
Clear Spring's Plumb Grove Mansion took on the role of the Lincoln White House during filming Monday and Tuesday for a Civil War-themed documentary for the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary will be a three-part series currently called “Smithsonian Civil War Treasure” shows created byWashington, D.C.-based television production company The Biscuit Factory. The three shows document the experience of the Union, the experience of the Confederacy and the story of the ending of slavery.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
Faculty in the art department at Hagerstown Community College are partnering with students in the HCC Science Club to show the documentary “Waste Land”  Friday at 7 p.m. at Kepler Theater. According to the film website, “Waste Land” follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn, N.Y., to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” - self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
Amelia Earhart is a household name when it comes to the pioneers of female aviation. However, pilots like Phoebe Omlie, Ruth Elder and Louise Thaden - although not as famous - were just as revolutionary. Along with 16 others in 1929, the four female pilots took part in the first-ever women's national air derby, racing across the United States in nine days, to prove that women could fly just like men. The story was so moving, filmmaker Heather Taylor made it the feature of her 2010 documentary “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby,” which was shown Thursday night at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2011
Exactly 148 years ago Wednesday, Union and Confederate forces clashed in the streets of Hagerstown. It happened three days after the Battle of Gettysburg as Rebel forces retreated south. Trapped by a swollen Potomac River, the retreating Confederates were met by Union troops in mounted charges and dismounted duels. What unfolded on July 6, 1863, while often overlooked, was not forgotten. The events of that day stepped out of the annals of history and onto the screen Wednesday when the City of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau premiered the documentary “Valor in the Streets: The Battle of Hagerstown.” Written and directed by author and city zoning administrator Stephen Bockmiller, the documentary told the story of the battle using a mixture of live action, interviews with historians and narration by television news personality Kelly Wright of Hagerstown.
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