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The Confederate States of America

From: KCUR
Length: 13:44

Film-maker Kevin Willmott talks about his mockumentary CSA.

Csamovieposter_small INTRO: Where would we all be today if the south had won the Civil War? When the thought occurred to Kansas film-maker Kevin Willmott, he turned to history books and plotted it out. Willmott?s film CSA purports to be a British documentary about the history of the Confederate States of America from the Civil War to the present. Let?s hear a clip: CSAclip1.mp2 [included in attachments] Two years ago, the film drew crowds at the Sundance Film Festival ? after that, Spike Lee signed on as the executive producer and IFC films decided to distribute the movie. But it?s taken a while to get into the theaters ? CSA finally opened in Tennessee and Virginia in October [2005], and is opening in New York February 15 [2006]. Willmott told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that growing up in Junction City, Kansas affected his perspective on the Civil War. TAG: Director Kevin Willmott teaches film at the University of Kansas. ****Feel free to modify this intro or cut the interview - some of it is intended for a LOCAL audience.****

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INTRO: Where would we all be today if the south had won the Civil War? When the thought occurred to Kansas film-maker Kevin Willmott, he turned to history books and plotted it out. Willmott?s film CSA purports to be a British documentary about the history of the Confederate States of America from the Civil War to the present. Let?s hear a clip: CSAclip1.mp2 [included in attachments] Two years ago, the film drew crowds at the Sundance Film Festival ? after that, Spike Lee signed on as the executive producer and IFC films decided to distribute the movie. But it?s taken a while to get into the theaters ? CSA finally opened in Tennessee and Virginia in October [2005], and is opening in New York February 15 [2006]. Willmott told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross that growing up in Junction City, Kansas affected his perspective on the Civil War. TAG: Director Kevin Willmott teaches film at the University of Kansas. ****Feel free to modify this intro or cut the interview - some of it is intended for a LOCAL audience.****

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Review of The Confederate States of America

Three Stars

Kevin Wilmott is a good talker with good energy. He tells Sylvia Maria Gross some very interesting things, both about his film and the history of slavery and segregation in this country.

Gross also gets local, and has Wilmott locate the film in the history of Lawrence, Kansas where it was made. I liked that.

I wish she'd talked to him more about the film itself, how it was made, and its possible legacy. I also wanted to hear more and shorter clips.

This interview is one way get this information to listeners.
It's important material and should be covered.

Ideally,
this interview would be a resource for public radio programmers doing their own interviews with Wilmott as his film gains national distribution. Localizing his knowledge to specific communities would best capture listeners' interest.

Anthea Raymond
Editorial Board
March 22, 2006

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Review of The Confederate States of America

This interview with Willmott certainly got me interested in the movie. When creating these kinds of historical what-if stories it's impossible to tell objectively. I'm curious to see how this story is told and what, if any, conclusions the director makes. Here's hoping the movie gets released near me.

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Review of The Confederate States of America

Great commercial! It did everything that it was supposed to do - it brought me in and made we want to see the film. When is it coming out on DVD? Can I get it on Netflix?

This is not intended as sarcasm, so please don't read it as such. These are just the honest questions that came to mind.

I am starting to believe that a NPR approach to advertising may well be the way to go - nice long form pieces that don't look like commercials but are successful in getting past the defenses and into the head. Great work!

Broadcast History

KCUR-FM 10/16/06

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