From early wars involving Native Americans to the Indianapolis 500, the latest film from Fort Wayne’s Windsong Pictures strives to scan the whole sweep of Hoosier history.“1816,” an official Indiana Bicentennial film, will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. It will play there again at 3 p.m. Sunday. Both performances will be free and open to the public. Executive Producer Michael Floyd emphasized that even when the film delves into terribly grim areas, such as the Civil War and the Holocaust, it avoids gore and remains, as he describes it, “family friendly.”
“Overall, we were looking for a theme that was positive, was filled with hope, with gratitude for those who went before us,” he said. “By no means do we paint the picture that we’re home free, that we have no problems, but we try to stay positive.”
In the 104-minute film, Floyd and the many who aided him – as actors, as producers, and in other roles – cover an enormous range. Beginning with Native Americans, through canals, railroads, windmills, the blossoming of the early automobile industry, Holocaust survivors who came to Indiana, the Great Depression to the Cold War and civil-rights campaigns, the movie covers tremendous historic territory. Floyd describes the film as incorporating a cast of thousands, including throngs of Civil War re-enactors and Indy 500 spectators.
WHAT: “1816,” an Indiana Bicentennial film
WHERE: The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday