LIBERTY — The Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored the production, actors and crew of “The Battle of Liberty/Blue Mills Landing” with the NSDAR Media & Entertainment Award.
The award was presented by Jerre Robertson, public relations and media chair of the Alexander Doniphan Chapter, and Christi Neely Carlson, the chapter’s regent.
The documentary about the Battle of Liberty and Blue Mills Landing premiered at B&B Theatres in Liberty Sept. 17 last year.
Area filmmaker Shane Seley, who lives in Liberty, and his crew at Wide Awake Studio with the aid of historians Jay Jackson and Tony Meyers produced the documentary that will be part of an ongoing exhibit at the Clay County Museum and Historical Society.
Clay County Historical Society President Ann Sutherland received a grant from Freedom’s Frontier to help with the cost to produce the short documentary. Sutherland also assisted in the production as well as Jana Becker, society vice president, and Chery Carr Holtman, society board member and past president. Jackson and Meyers served as key researchers, reenactors and consultants. They helped narrate the documentary and served as producers.
Holtman said Jackson brought the expertise, knowing everything about the battle and he served as a reenactor in other movies.
“Jay and Tony mapped out the film timeline and the five of us - Ann, Jana, myself met regularly to discuss what would be significant to the storyline. Shane met with us when his schedule allowed and the film began to take shape,” Holtman said. ”We made a couple of trips to Wide Awake studios to talk with editors plus the live action that was shot shortly before the premiere. Jay and Tony were actors and narrators for the film.
”Ann, Jana and I focused on the human interest aspect and built bios on participants, whether combatants or otherwise such as the area before the war, during and the after effects.”Holtman shared the stories of her ancestors living in the area and choosing sides during the war.
“We have to let people know more of our ancestors’ sacrifices and what they endured during war, especially the Civil War and the battles around this area,” Jackson said.