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Thirst: A Civil War Story GE Theatre at Proctors
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 2 p.m.
Where: GE Theatre at Proctors

Address: 432 State Street, Schenectady

Cost: $5

Ages: All ages

From Proctors:
"Written, directed and edited by upstate New York filmmaker John McCarty, Thirst is inspired by the work of Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage. It tells of a young Union volunteer from New York State who runs from a skirmish following the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). Exhausted and out of water, he comes upon a well that, unknown to him, is guarded by Confederate soldiers. A fellow New Yorker, also a deserter, rescues him from becoming a victim to his thirst. Desperate and without water, the two skedaddlers concoct a dangerous plan to seize the well from its Confederate captors. The production of the film, shot entirely in the Capital Region area of upstate New York, coincides with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865) in which New York contributed more troops and suffered more casualties than any other state in the embattled Union.

The film’s producer, Audrey E. Kupferberg, Lecturer and Director of the Film Studies Minor at the University at Albany, solicited volunteers among her Film Studies students to work on the crew alongside cinematographer Jeffrey A. Grove and other professionals. According to Kupferberg, the film will be of interest not only to Civil War buffs and students of author Stephen Crane, but to young people and anyone interested in the process of filmmaking on a regional, non-industry basis.

The film’s young cast includes UAlbany students Derek H. Mellina, John Mac Schnurr and Nick Brigadier, plus Mark G. David and Pete D’Amica—members of the upstate New York film and theater community. Area Civil War re-enactor and historian Robert Keough served as technical advisor and plays a key part in the film, as well."

Event posted: Sept. 30, 2013
Last updated: Sept. 30, 2013
Posted in Movie


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