UNION

By Whit HAMILTON

BJORNQUIST FILMS - as PROD / FIN

Action/Adventure - Completed 2018

Grace disguises herself as her brother, Henry, in order to survive the American Civil War. After the battle of Cold Harbor she goes in search of the widow who saved her life and eventually marries her in order to save the widow from an arranged marriage to an old man. They fall in love.

Festivals
& Awards

Sidewalk Film Festival 2018
Santa Fe Film Festival 2019
Sedona International Film Festival 2019
Craic Fim Festival NYC 2019
Azalea Film Festival 2019
Richmond International Film Festival 2019
New Hope Film Festival 2019
Best Director and Best Artistic Spirit
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Historical, LGBT
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 135 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Whit HAMILTON
    • Writer(s)
    • Whit HAMILTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Patrick SULLIVAN (Bjornquist Films), Whit HAMILTON (Bjornquist Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Grace Kieler has taken on the identity of her brother Henry in order to survive the Civil War. In the Spring of 1863 after recovering from an injury Henry (Grace) dons the uniform of a confederate and joins the cavalry riding with Mosby’s rangers. During a skirmish at the crossroads near Bethesda Church at the battle of Cold Harbor, Henry is shot off his horse. His near death experience catalyzes his determination to live and to love fully promising to find Virginia Klaising the widow that saved his life during the battle of Antietam.
      After losing 13,000 men during the massacre at Cold Harbor, Ulyssys S. Grant orders that any of Mosby’s men be hanged without trial. Grace is unknowingly rescued from the gallows as a prisoner of war by her fiancée, a Union officer, Lucius Walker. Avoiding marriage to a man she does not love, Grace once again dons men’s clothes to escape house arrest and go in search of Virginia.
      Jesse Tull is Virginia’s older sister and Lloyd Tull is Jesse’s husband who is head of the household. Lloyd is determined to marry Virginia off to an old man so that he can sell her farm. But Virginia is waiting for Henry to make good on his promise and call on her come the Spring. With the help of local Indians hiding up in the mountains Virginia is able to survive as she patiently waits for Henry’s return. Meanwhile, Henry has become an outlaw and a manhunt is underway to capture one of Mosby’s rangers. Henry hides out with the Indians up in the mountains in order to evade capture by the Union forces. The Indians tell Henry that the widow is destined to marry an old man she does not love.
      When Virginia notices a scruffy looking boy making his way towards her she is elated to find that it is Henry(Grace). Virginia proposes to him telling him if he continues living like Henry she’ll marry him and no one else can claim her. It would be their secret. Eloping on horseback, the two are married by the local minister. As they begin their life together the nightmares of battle plague Henry and sleep becomes elusive. Virginia becomes his touchstone and their love deepens.
      When Jesse goes into labor at Virginia’s farm it is Henry who moves into action to tend to the birth. Complications arise and as Henry relives a traumatic event on the battlefield. When ‘Henry’ and his female friend are ambushed by Union skirmishers, Georgianna is mortally wounded and her son Harrison disappears. Henry relives the moment of mercy ending Georgianna’s life on that dusty road. Haunted by the memories Henry must find Harrison in order to free himself. Henry finds and claims the boy and they make their way back home…to Virginia. Theirs is a story of strength, redemption, love and gratitude that becomes legend passed down to generations in the mountains.
    • Partners & financing
    • Patrick Sullivan
    • Production schedule
    • Completed 2018
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014
    • End of shooting
    • Dec 23, 2016
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