Abraham Lincoln in Illinois Well on Its Way to Completion
After months of tedious script-writing and locating still images, the Witnessing History Education Foundation, Inc. (“WHEF”) began filming scenes in Springfield, Illinois and Lincoln’s New Salem State Park near Petersburg, Illinois in September 2018. WHEF had two cameramen with two cameras and lighting equipment. There were also three sound engineers and sound equipment. Jared Hamm was the lead cameraman and Neil Kesterson was the sound designer and lead sound engineer. They are truly professionals. Kent Masterson Brown was the director and he was aided by Neil Rush. Joe Woodard portrays the beardless Lincoln, Tim Connors portrays Stephen A. Douglas, and Jacob Hosfield portrays Judge David Davis. From the Old State Capitol and New Salem we attracted a host of wonderful folks, dressed in period attire, to participate in the scenes filmed as extras. Filming was accomplished in the Old State Capitol Building, Lincoln’s Law Office, and the U.S. Circuit Courtroom, as well as in a host of places in and around Lincoln’s New Salem State Park.
At present, WHEF is licensing hundreds of photographs, documents, paintings, and prints to use in the production from repositories all across America. After a very short filming of scenes of Lincoln in Illinois in January, the film production will be voiced, and then it will be edited. Release is scheduled for February 28. There will be a premier of the film at Lincoln’s New Salem State Park, and then it will be premiered in Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; and Lexington, Kentucky. Its premier broadcast will be on Kentucky Educational Television and then it will appear on PBS network stations all across America. Teacher guides will be produced for it, and they will be posted on PBS Learning Media. Go to “Gallery” for images from the September filming in Illinois.