A new film, The Light of Freedom opens Oct. 15 at the Great Oaks Cinema in Wadsworth and features local reenactors from the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Shot entirely in Ohio, the film tells the stories of Ohioans involved in the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Joe McMahan and other members of the 41st Ohio portrayed some of the first Union soldiers to march into Virginia in the summer of 1861. Tickets available online only at www.thelightoffreedommovie.com.
It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom waged by the Underground Railroad. Bishop William Hanby has been a station master on the Underground Railroad for many years. He breaks the law of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Difficulty arises when a new bounty hunter arrives, determined to make money by returning runaway slaves to their masters. The situation is complicated when Hanby’s primary railroad conductor joins the Union Army to fight in the war. Further south along the Ohio River, at the border of the slave state of Kentucky and the free state of Ohio, the frontline of the fight for freedom rages. Jackson Cumberland, a free black man, risks his life regularly to help runaway slaves make it across the river. Samuel Woodson, a slave rescued by Jackson, yearns to be re-united with his sister. Your family will be inspired by the life of Hanby and his family. You will be moved by the stories of runaway slaves longing to be re-united with their families, and those risking their lives to save them. You will be captivated as you follow the Union Army's 14th OVI in their fight against the Confederate Army in Virginia. This inspirational family film by KICKS Flicks will both educate and entertain as it encourages you to stand for the freedom of every person.
Working with local Civil War reenactors added a new dimension to the film says Kim Robinson, writer and director, “The historical accuracy the reenactors brought to the film was great. We were able to portray actual Civil War battles and the reenactors were always up for the challenge. They withstood heat, freezing cold temperatures and rain to put every effort they could into the story and the movie. It would not have been the same without them.”
The film portrays serious issues of slavery and war. However, it has been created for family viewing and these issues are handled with children in mind.
KICKS Ministries and Victory Harvest Church, also known as KICKS Victory Harvest, produces family television programming and films.