"The past is dead; let it bury its dead." – Jefferson Davis
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." – William Faulkner
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: site of the bloodiest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, carnivalesque tourist mecca, sacred American shrine. Hallowed Ground is the first documentary to explore this mythic locale, one that continues to stir up passion and fighting spirits.
Amid the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and an ever-roiling debate about the conflict’s meaning, Hallowed Ground tells the idiosyncratic and moving stories of a group of private citizens who—whether by dedication or obsession, hard work or happenstance—embody America’s public memory at Gettysburg, from a disillusioned Abe Lincoln impersonator to a modern-day Confederate family to the son of a great 20th-century architect.
“Is the Civil War really over?” is the question one battlefield tourist in the film asks. Hallowed Ground teases out surprising answers to this crucial American question. The result is an up-close, often bittersweet look at how Americans remember, argue about, and market their past.
Hallowed Ground was produced by 44 Pictures with funding generously provided by Vital Projects Fund.