Wednesday, October 20, 2004
A short 33-minute version of the official Lewis and Clark Bicentennial film, "Confluence of Time & Courage" will be shown at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.
It was produced by the Army Corps of Engineers to dispel myths and correctly portray the Corps of Discovery as an organized and disciplined Army military mission to explore and map the Louisiana Purchase and the Northwest Territory.
Additionally, Native Americans were given the opportunity to give their perspectives on the Expedition and their contributions to its success.
This version of the film is to be shown in visitors centers along the Trail and will be included with the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard "Lewis & Clark Discovery Box" educational outreach program nationwide.
A longer version of the film will be available for sale and television broadcast.
"Confluence of Time & Courage" was filmed on location along the Trail over a two-year period. Expedition members are portrayed in historically accurate military uniforms of the period and conform to military protocol: clean shaven, marching, sentry duty.
Living history re-enactors and Army National Guard volunteers were used to portray Expedition members instead of professional actors. A ghost imaging film technique and special effects have been used to give a sense of then and now.
Just like the original Corps of Discovery, "Confluence of Time & Courage" was produced as a team effort. Numerous federal, state and local historical organizations generously provided time and facilities in the making of the film.
The narration is provided by Jack Gladstone, a Blackfeet Indian, who also sings during the credits. The subtle irony is that Capt. Lewis' encounter with the Blackfeet Nation was the only deadly confrontation with American Indians during the entire journey.
Rich Deline of Executive Productions, coproducer of the film, will be on hand to give an entertaining "behind the scenes" perspective, including technical difficulties, politics, and controversies.
The production was supervised by a team of historians and has been endorsed by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation as one of the few historically accurate portrayals of the Corps of Discovery.