'The Gettysburg Story' filmmaker to speak April 9

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jake Boritt will deliver a special presentation at Penn State Altoona at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Room 101 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Boritt will discuss his upcoming film "The Gettysburg Story," which will air on PBS stations this summer in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle. He will address the many rewards and challenges of bringing history colorfully to life via film and the power of new cinematic technology, showing portions of the new film in the process.

"The Gettysburg Story" dramatically tells the history of the greatest battle fought on American soil using stunning high definition aerial and time lapse cinematography. The film is narrated by acclaimed actor Stephen Lang. Motion graphic animations dynamically and efficiently explain troop movements and military strategies employed in the battle.

In 2010 Boritt wrote and produced the "The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour," also performed by Lang. In 2010 his film "759: Boy Scouts of Harlem" was broadcast nationally on public television. Chronicling Harlem Boy Scouts who venture into the woods for the first time, The New York Daily News called the film "subtle and uplifting." Boritt's short documentary for the United Nations followed Somali refugees in Ethiopia's Ogaden Desert. Boritt also produced several short films for the United Nations Development Program featuring actor Danny Glover. Boritt's 2007 film "Budapest to Gettysburg" explored the story of his father, professor Gabor Boritt, a world renowned Abraham Lincoln scholar who returned to Hungary to find his roots in the wake of Hitler and Stalin. Boritt has worked on productions for HBO, A&E, AMC, PBS and CourtTV. Boritt has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," in Vanity Fair and in Newsweek. Learn more at www.boritt.com.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona History Program and the Division of Arts and Humanities. For more information, email jtf5039@psu.edu or call 814-949-5829.

Last Updated April 01, 2013