Film premieres April 19 in Akron
“Rebels on Lake Erie,” a locally produced documentary about a college-educated pirate’s attempt to liberate Confederate officers imprisoned on Johnson’s Island near Sandusky, premieres April 19, 6:30 p.m., in the ballroom at The University of Akron’s historic Quaker Square Inn, 135 S. Broadway, Akron.
Free and open to the public, the premiere event will also feature Civil War music and re-enactors. Many of the documentary's featured experts and production team members will be available for questions. A panel on “Memory in the Civil War” will follow the screening. Free parking is available.
Western Reserve Public Media (WNEO/WEA0) will broadcast "Rebels on Lake Erie" April 23 at 10 p.m.
Three years in the making, the documentary was written, directed and produced by Distinguished Professor Kathleen Endres of the UA School of Communication. It was underwritten by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with support from the UA School of Communication.
The Johnson's Island prison was built to hold Confederate soldiers, 10,000 of whom were held there at one time or another. The documentary was filmed on location at the prisoner-of-war depot archaelogical dig and at Governor's Island in New York City harbor.
The April 19 premiere is co-sponsored by The University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication, Western Reserve Public Media, and the Ohio Humanities Council.