Help Us Make This Movie!

Thanks to people like you, we were able to make it all the way from Gettysburg to Greensboro. We were able to film National Parks and baseball and Civil War reenactments. We were able to feed our crew a steady diet of Texas Tavern hamburgers and CookOut milkshakes. And we were able to interview Ken Burns. That’s all thanks to you.

In order to put the footage together, in order to actually make a movie, we’re fundraising again!

This time we are asking for your help in post-production, which is a very fancy way to say “everything that happens after you put away the cameras.” What are we really asking for? Enough money to eat and pay our student loans while we edit. Enough money to put gas in our cars to get us to the office and back. Enough money to buy the rights to use “Ashokan Farewell” in the movie.  Enough money to pay for Christian Louboutins for the Premiere. That last one was a joke, but the rest are real.

How can you help?

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Thanks to you, we’re making a movie. We can’t do it without you – and we wouldn’t want to anyway.

Photographic Teaser

Here are a few of the still shots from our four-day shoot! We are saving the rest for the film itself. We hope you enjoy this photographic teaser trailer, of sorts.

At the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor's Center

Aaron DeMoss in the pouring rain with President Lincoln

Setting up a shot at Little Round Top

learning about Temperance at an historic speakeasy

We conquered the sign at the entrance to Shenandoah National Park, in the name of Ken Burns.

A beautiful view of Jefferson National Forest from the Blue Ridge Parkway


Feeding the Cast/Crew at Texas Tavern in Roanoke, Virginia

A flyer for our t-shirt screen printing party, up at Guilford College

Our adventure in the Guilford Woods! (we may or may not have gotten lost)

Here is Ted Wilkinson at our Filmmaker Get-Together the night before the Event itself. The entire group of alumni were overjoyed to be back together!

Here is a shot of the stage from the seats Guilford College was wonderful enough to donate to us. And, yes, that is Ty Buckner introducing us, by name. And, yes, that is the photograph that started it all up on the screen.

Here we are, in costume, with Ken Burns himself. We were incredibly honored to be able to interview Mr. Burns and take up so much of his time. He was brilliant and hilarious and we can't wait to share the footage with you!

Day Three!

Today we were up bright and early and were overwhelmed by the sunshine and beauty of Greensboro, NC!

We stopped for a quick breakfast and then headed over to Guilford College! Some of us hadn’t been there in over seven years and we were overcome by emotion and confusion. The students look the same! Why isn’t there any parking!? Why do these people get such good food in the cafeteria?! What is that thing in the center of the campus?!?

After getting over our initial shock and nostalgia, we set up shop outside the campus co-op and started screen printing glow-in-the-dark T-Shirts with Erin Burns’ amazing logo on them. Many of the wonderful students, teachers and administrators who had been so supportive over email stopped by to meet us in person and probably to see if we were actually serious about the whole thing. We assured them we were and made many new friends.

We began shooting in front of Binford Hall, then around the campus, by the lake and then we may or may not have gotten lost in the Woods.

We were lucky enough to be able to break into WQFS and discuss the radio station with our group of alumni, three of whom had been DJs with their own shows and one of whom had been Station Manager.

We also got to meet Ty Buckner and Suzanne Sullivan in person and give them almost as many hugs as they deserve. We would never have been able to organize or finish this project without their immense help, all while running the Bryan Series and the Communications and Marketing Department!

Tonight we had our Filmmaker Get-Together in downtown Greensboro, and we were so lucky to be joined by fellow alumni and friends, fellow alum and filmmaker Kevin Smith, Ty Buckner, Suzanne Sullivan, Dan Nonte, who wrote the amazing Beacon article, and more.

Tonight we are going to sleep with dreams of freshman year in our heads and a growing excitement for tomorrow’s Big Event. The day is almost here!

Day Two!

Today we awoke to another torrential downpour, which we responded to by going to brunch at the legendary Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC. After steeling ourselves against the rain and cold, we began our long trek out West!

Then we turned around because we forgot our snacks.

This might not something that Lewis and Clark would have done, but then again we were relying on a Honda GPS and not a first-person authority like Sacagawea.

Once we were finally on the road – we had to stop for gas.

When we really got going, on what shall surely be known as America’s Latest Roadtrip, we found that we were captivated by the sights and sounds of Western Virginia. At least, we would have been if we could have seen them through the rain.

Thankfully, the rain did let up for long enough that we were able to shoot a very quick picture at the entrance to Shenandoah National Park. And then a member of our group used his boy-scout-like preparedness to climb up upon that sign. Is that legal? None of us stopped to wonder, because we were so overcome with our love for the National Parks.

We then got back in our cars and headed down towards Jefferson National Forest, where we drove through some very intense fog in search of vistas. Luckily, we found a few, and were only lost in the fog for about an hour and a half. Which is nothing is comparison to what Lewis and Clark must have experienced. Probably Horatio, too, right?

We were able to finally stop for sustenance at the historic (?) Texas Tavern in Roanoke, VA, where we ate cheesy Western’s galore, in honor of both Westward Expansion and John Wayne, who we all agreed would have loved the road trip so far.

As we got back on the road we tried desperately not to think about the fact that we were missing the very most important item on the schedule, as we drove right through Mad Men. PLEASE DON’T TELL US WHAT HAPPENED. THANKS.

We arrived in Greensboro, NC just after midnight and were in town for a full 12 minutes before we had to stop at CookOut and have mint cookie dough milkshakes.

After sating our long-enduring need for a milkshake with any of forty flavors, we pulled up to our hotel, where our wonderful friend Ted was waiting with open arms and a stern expression. He had expected us at 8:00pm and we had very much missed that goal.

We had the opportunity to marvel at the majesty of the mountains in the mist, draw each other close in the cold and the rain, and dance a jig at 2500 feet.

A day that will be hard to beat.

Tomorrow we head back to Guilford Campus, where we will be walking around, reminiscing, making tshirts and (hopefully) interviewing students and teachers! If you are on, or near campus, please join us from 11-2 in the Greenleaf!

See you tomorrow!

Day One!

Today was our first day of shooting and we are very happy to inform you all that we survived the rain at Gettysburg, PA! Our intrepid producers, DP and four alumni arrived in a torrential downpour and, hoping to wait it out, we stepped into the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor’s Center, where we were surprised with the gift of tickets to see the film “A New Birth of Freedom,” and the absolutely breathtaking Cyclorama. Thank you so much to our Civil War benefactor for the tickets! The film and the Cyclorama did indeed prepare us for the battlefield itself.

Once we stepped outside and found it was still raining, we decided to press on in honor of the documentarians of the past who certainly would not have taken the day off due to a slight drizzle. We are certain everyone will understand the slightly underwhelming sound quality (right?) and truly appreciate the shots of the battlefield in the ethereal mist.

We made our way in our cars along the Auto Tour, stopping at numerous monuments and sites. Lucky for us, our friend and fellow alumni Jeff acted as our personal Civil War historian and spoke eloquently about every question we could think to ask.

We were able to get some amazing footage at the North Carolina Memorial and at Little Round Top, where Jeff – a Marine with combat experience in Afghanistan – told us all about the last stages of the Battle and shared with us some of his own thoughts about the significance of the Battle and the battlefield as an historical site and memorial.

The talk of battle continued into dinner and back into Maryland where we stopped at an historic speakeasy, frequented by Judges and police officers during Prohibition. When they checked our IDs at the table and wanted to know why Virginia, Maryland, Florida, New York, Michigan and California were all gathered to celebrate Temperance. We told them about our quest to meet Ken Burns and celebrate his films, and then shared a toast to old friendships, the Battle of Gettysburg, the 18th and 21st Amendments and an excellent first day of shooting!

We arrived home safe and sound and our just tucking ourselves into bed, determined to rest up for tomorrow’s Road Trip to Greensboro, NC!

If you are in Greensboro, please keep in mind that we will be having a Meet and Greet on Monday night, to which you are of course invited!

Thank you all so much for your time and support, we literally would not have been able to physically get to Gettysburg without you! Stay Tuned for Day Two!

Sneak Preview of Our Itinerary

We are very excited to be stopping at Shenandoah National Park, where we will be interviewing a Park Ranger and any hikers we meet along the trails. While we think our film is America’s Best Idea, we also love a good camping trip, and the unending opportunity to marvel at Nature that these Parks afford us all.

Because we are starting in Washington, DC we are overwhelmed by the amount of Memorials we could visit in order to pay homage to Ken Burns’ films. Which memorials and/or historical sites would you most like to see/learn more about?

We are also planning to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum once we arrive in Greensboro.

Please keep in mind that we would love for you to suggest Ken Burns-themed stops and for you to join us on any of our outings!

Email us at to see how you can get involved.

Our Roaring/Temperate Celebration

Our journey to Greensboro will include a stop at a speakeasy where we will be learning about both the 18th and 21st Amendments! This is just one of the many stops we have on our Ken Burns-themed itinerary!

If we reach our fundraising goal, we are planning to host a Friends of The Film-Only “Temperance Hour,” followed by a “Moonshine Reception,” (complete with secret knock and handshake) as a Thank You to all of our contributors and all those who have worked so hard to make this film happen.

We would like to invite you all to join us in celebration of Prohibition and “Prohibition: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.”

Thank You, Contributors!

We are still in the thick of fundraising and would like to take a moment to thank all of those who have contributed and we’d also like to share a few of the comments we’ve received on

“This is a FABULOUSLY creative project! Kudos to all of you for doing this. I can’t wait to see how your adventure turns out on the big screen.”

“Good luck with your adventure – I am donating as the parent of a freshman living in Binford who has made some amazing friends. I’m proud of her and proud that you all are making your dreams happen!”

Let’s keep it up! Thanks to your contributions, we keep getting further down that road to Greensboro!