We invite you to watch a short video about a new documentary film project, “Letters in a Shoe Box,” – the story of Frank Wicks’ discovery of over 100 beautifully preserved Civil War letters in the attic of the family home in South Fork, Pa., and the impact the letters had on future generations. The letters were written by Philip and Mary Pringle, great-grandparents of Frank Wicks and his distinguished cousin, Frances Hesselbein.

President Clinton awards Frances Hesselbein the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor.

President Clinton awards Frances Hesselbein the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor.

Dear Friends,

We write you today with the goal of sparking your interest in partnering with us and contributing to an exciting new documentary film project, “Letters in a Shoe Box,” directed by Jeff Fischer and Frank Wicks.

Wicks transformed the historic letters into the award-winning play, Soldier, Come Home, weaving the story of the Pringle family through the events of the Civil War. The play has been produced for the past ten years in over 25 theaters across America, including a New York City Off-Broadway presentation.

“Letters in a Shoe Box” will continue that story, from the moment the letters were discovered to the power and impact the play and the

Historic family Civil War letters were the inspiration for Frank W. Wicks' play, "Soldier, Come Home"

Historic family Civil War letters were the inspiration for Frank W. Wicks’ play, “Soldier, Come Home”

ancestral letters have had on the extended Pringle family, on community audiences throughout the country, and even on cast members who have connected with the play in a very special way.

Visually, the documentary will make use of the letters themselves and of archival materials pertinent to the events of the Civil War found in the play. Additionally, the film includes sections from the original play including lively Civil War music, behind-the-scenes events as the Pringle relatives gather for performances, images and interviews with family members, interviews with audience and cast members, and an exploration of the power and strength of the play’s main character, Mary Pringle, by the women who have portrayed her and by the women who are descended from her.

The film also includes historical venues where the play has been performed, including the sanctuary in Maine where Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired to write “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a church on the banks of the Ohio River that served as an Underground Railroad safe house, the headquarters of General Braxton

The First Parish Church, Brunswick, Maine, where Harriet Beecher Stowe got the idea for "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

The First Parish Church, Brunswick, Maine, where Harriet Beecher Stowe got the idea for “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Bragg in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and the patio of a 19th century bourbon bar in Kentucky.

Please support our film by contributing to Dance in Maine Foundation, the non-profit umbrella organization for the film. You may contribute immediately by clicking the “Donate” button on the sidebar at the right – any amount would be most appreciated – or you may mail your donation to Dance in Maine Foundation, 124 Bayview Road, Orr’s Island, Maine 04066.

The first round of fund-raising closes October 1, 2013 with a goal of $35,000 (which includes pre and post production costs, interviews, logging and organization, creating visuals, editing, travel, and distribution).

Your welcome contributions are tax-deductible.

In addition, we will list you in the film credits and provide you with a complimentary DVD of the film. For further information, call 207-833-6484 or email wicksfrank@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Frank Wicks  and Jeff Fischer

(Dance in Maine Foundation is a non-profit Federal tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization. The employer identification number is 01-0347213.)

 

 

 

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