Ithaca, NY (September 17, 2014) – Award winning local film company PhotoSynthesis Productions will hold a special Pre-Release Screening of it’s new film CIVIL WARRIORS in downtown Ithaca at Cinemapolis at 7 PM on Friday, September 26, 2014, as part of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Tompkins County Public Library. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Eric Acree, Director of the Africana Studies and Research Library at Cornell University. Panelists will include CIVIL WARRIORS Co-Producers and Co-Directors Deborah C. Hoard and Che Broadnax, and film narrator Sean Eversley Bradwell, Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College.

CIVIL WARRIORS tells the true story of 26 black men from Ithaca who enlisted in the US Colored Troops and fought in the Civil War. CIVIL WARRIORS is not a reenactment, but rather brings the story alive in a dramatic spoken word format, as each of six actors performs in period dress, their words interwoven with historical images and contemporary commentary. The film was inspired by the play I AM A MAN TOO by Ithaca playwright and historian Carol Kammen, and the screenplay was written by local spoken word artist and poet Ben Porter Lewis.

The film is still in post-production, but is being screened at this early stage with audience feedback opportunities. Upon completion of the film, an innovative educational DVD for 11th grade high school classrooms is also planned.

For more information email Deborah C. Hoard at or call 607.272.4242.

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.