1780 – The Official Blog of Transylvania University

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Civil War film starring Academy Award winner to be screened at Transylvania Friday, April 29; director to give presentation; free and open to the public

Pharaoh's Army stillLEXINGTON, Ky.—Hollywood writer and director Robby Henson will screen “Pharaoh’s Army,” Friday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in Transylvania University’s Cowgill Center. The Civil War film stars Academy Award winner Chris Cooper as Union Army Captain John Hull Abston and Academy Award nominees Patricia Clarkson and Kris Kirstofferson.

Henson wrote and directed the film, which chronicles a Yankee raiding party’s confrontation with a Confederate mountain woman and her son in Kentucky. Shot on location near Danville, Ky., and in the Red River Gorge, the film focuses on the region’s unique divisions during the Civil War and is based on true events from 1862. In his presentation following the screening, Henson, originally from Danville, will speak about how oral history transitions into film.

The event is part of the celebration of the inauguration of R. Owen Williams as Transylvania’s 25th president and is free and open to the public.