Bill Kauffman Adapts A Classic Novella For Director Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead”! Civil War Drama like None Before

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Starring Billy Campbell, Angus MacFayden and Peter Fonda!

Kings Landing, New Brunswick, Canada- By Jim Lavoie

Billy Campbell, one of the stars of “The Killing” (Gods & Generals, Gettysburg), Angus MacFayden (Brave Heart, Titus, We Bought a Zoo), along with Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, 3:10 to Yuma) lead a stellar cast in acclaimed author Bill Kauffman’s (Ain’t My America) screenwriting debut. His adaptation is based on the classic 1893 Civil War novella by Harold Frederic.

“Harold Frederic’s novel is such a rich, complex work—deeply moving, yet honest and unafraid to confront the paradoxes of the Civil War,” says Kauffman “It’s a perfect subject for Ron Maxwell, our foremost cinematic interpreter of that war.”

Director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods & Generals) is at the helm as principal photography is already underway at Kings Landing, New Brunswick,

Music Supervisor David Franco and Director Ron Maxwell on the set of Copperhead currently in principal photography at Kings Landing, New Brunswick Canada - Photo by: Chris Reardon

Copperhead The Movie; Directed by Ron Maxwell, Screenplay by Bill Kauffman Co-produced by John Houston Based on the Harold Frederic novel ‘Copperhead’ Video …

Kauffman traveled to New Brunswick prior to the production’s start to inspect the shooting location for “Copperhead” at the King’s Landing historical site.

“King’s Landing is magnificent,” he says. “It lends itself to a wonderfully evocative recreation of the small settlement that is at the heart of Copperhead—a small community that is ripped apart just as the country itself was ripped apart by the war.”

Bill Kauffman has written nine books and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He is an interesting man to say the least, quick witted and articulate. A constant observer on set, he is very appreciative of the skill sets required to make a movie of this magnitude. He speaks very highly of the cast and crew and has enjoyed his interaction with them thoroughly.

Director Ron Maxwell, Susan Bishop, Screenwriter Bill Kauffman enjoy a bit of levity on the set of Copperhead - Photo by : Chris Reardon

“This is a supremely talented cast, crew, and director. I’m honored to share this experience with them.”

Jim Lavoie and author Bill Kauffman on set at Kings Landing, New Brunswick Canada. Bill has a great rapport with cast and crew and enjoyed being on or near set whenever possible. - Copperhead Productions Photo

This may have been Bill Kauffman’s screenwriting debut but having read his brilliant script I can tell you it is just the start with more to come, mark my words!

Official site: Copperhead the Movie

Breaking News: Peter Fonda On Set of “Copperhead”

It was and is a classic movie from the late sixties, it captured the world in a time of social transition and unrest! It gave new life to tricked out choppers, tear drop sunglasses, football helmets and God damn the pusher man. Billy and Captain America, spaceships flying in formation, “Easy Rider” defined a generation! Film royalty comes to Kings Landing as “Copperhead” welcomes Peter Fonda!

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About Jim Lavoie

Jim Lavoie

In March 2011, Bulldog Publicity, (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) was launched by Jim Lavoie. Based on his many years of experience as a freelance writer (Film and Music), Jim has had well over 100 published articles/photos in New Brunswick publications. Bulldog Publicity (Jim’s blog ) features top level entertainers and rising talent on a National and International scale. The blog also will include special features on talented people living and working in or from New Brunswick. From time to time, previously published, articles will be spotlighted again. Jim has a wealth of experience working within the film industry and is currently the publicist for well known actress Jean Rasey . He has worked as a publicist for feature films for Global Universal Pictures Inc. (“American Sunset”, “Plaster Rock” and “The Night”) and many award winning indie films in New Brunswick. Worked with and featured on line media guru Wendy Shepherd He created and produced 4 videos on author Julie Comeau concerning her forthcoming book “Never Give Up –the Inspirational Journey of a Real Life Survivor” which currently has close to 4,500 views (cumulatively). He has assisted in the writing and editing and will be in charge of the publicity. Jim has also been the Marketing/Promotions Lead for the annual Silver Wave Film Festival in NB. As publicist, he arranges and coordinates media coverage for Silver Wave including newspaper, radio and television. Jim has appeared on radio and television where he has promoted the NB Film Co-op activities and strongly advocated for the NB film community at large. Winner of The 2010 Silver Wave Film Festival Recognition Award for a person, group or organization who has contributed significantly to film and video in New Brunswick in a professional capacity.

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