Wednesday, April 24, 2013


April 23, 2013    
CONTACT: Kelly Kiebala, Executive Director
585-343-9313 /
BATAVIA, NY…The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (aka GO ART!) is honored to be working together with local author Bill Kauffman to host a preview screening of Copperhead, the third film in director Ron Maxwell’s (GETTYSBURG, GODS & GENERALS) American Civil War anthology, screenplay written by Bill Kauffman. The film, starring Billy Campbell and Peter Fonda, will be released in theatres on June 28, 2013. This special preview screening takes place on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00pm at the Stuart Steiner Theatre, Genesee Community College, Batavia. Following the screening is a short presentation by Screenwriter Kauffman along with a Q&A with Kauffman and Director Maxwell, who will be in attendance.
The event is a benefit for GO ART!, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and promotes art and culture in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Tickets are $20 for GO ART! members and $25 for non-members and will be available soon at GO ART!, 201 East Main Street, Batavia and online at For more information on the event or to reserve your ticket, please contact GO ART! at 585-343-9313 For more information on the film Copperhead and to view the official trailer, visit
Director: Ron Maxwell
Screenwriter: Bill Kauffman
Based on the Novel by: Harold Frederic
Producer: Ron Maxwell
Cast: Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, and Peter Fonda
Running time: 120 minutes
Release Date: In theatres June 28, 2013
Synopsis: Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, Copperhead is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the terrible price of war.
Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862.
With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell, who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning, unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle. Copperhead is a parable of the Civil War and perhaps for our own time.

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