Civil War Movie To Make NJ Premiere In Westfield

WESTFIELD – The Digiplex Rialto Theater in Westfield will host a special pre-release showing of Director Ron Maxwell’s new film Copperhead at 7:30 p.m. on May 21. The Westfield showing will be the New Jersey premiere of the movie.

Maxwell, well known in the Civil War community for his now-classic Civil War movies Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, has turned to the home front with Copperhead, a unique motion picture based on Harold Frederic’s late 19th century novel of the same name. Copperhead tells the story of a family torn apart by the war. The title character, Abner Beech, is a New York state farmer who, although he is against slavery, also opposes the war. Beech’s conflicts with a fiery local abolitionist and with his own son, who joins the Union army, highlight the film’s narrative of family and community struggle and tragedy.

Maxwell, a graduate of Clifton High School and NYU School of the Arts, declared the Westfield screening “a homecoming, and a treat to see Copperhead on the big screen at the Digiplex Rialto with friends old and new.”

Civil War reenactors are encouraged to attend the showing in uniform, and Maxwell will be there in person to conduct a question and answer session with the audience after the film. Tickets are $14. For more information on the event, see the website: or to buy tickets:

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