Nationa lpark Service Premieres New Shiloh Film on 150th Anniversary

Mar 22, 2012

The premiere of Shiloh: Fiery Trial will take place at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Pickwick Landing State Park. The public is invited to attend this red carpet event for the first showing of this new National Park Service documentary film. 

According to Shiloh Park Superintendent Woody Harrell, Fiery Trial captures the story of the decisive two-day 1862 battle both from the perspective of its commanders and the common soldier. Harrell said, "As a major turning point in the most important event in our nation's history, Shiloh is a big story. I hope the new film will provide park visitors a thorough introduction and understanding, and prepare them to "hear the guns roar" as they tour the woods and fields of Shiloh Hill."

Produced by Great Divide Pictures, using a crew of 28, the 48-minute film was shot entirely on location at Shiloh Battlefield. The production required 50 horses, 10 artillery units and 350 reenactors who fired more than 24,000 rounds. Many of the reenactors from the film will be present at the premiere.

 "Fiery Trial" replaces a classic National Park Service film and the longest running movie in the history of Tennessee, Shiloh: Portrait of a Battle.  The original film was a groundbreaking event for NPS in 1956, when it debuted on the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, being the service's first audiovisual program to incorporate live actors.

The film will begin airing daily on April 6 at the Shiloh National Military Park Visitor Center.

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