Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SITE
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SITE

Filming at the Cabin

Multi-media Dramatization

Former SNCA Executive Director, Kathy Blandin, now a professor at Piedmont College, directed Courage!, a multi-media dramatization of the Red Badge of Courage. This is a character study of Henry Flemming, a Union soldier during the Civil War, and his journey to understand and embody the concept of courage.

Piedmont students filmed several of the video sequences at the Nacoochee slave cabin to provide authenticity to the video clips that could not be recreated in a set or studio. This helped the students understand the environment and period of the play better than any book. The director and production crew appreciated and honored the legacy of the slave dwelling during filming.

The video sequences included Henry's mother speaking to him from in front of the cabin, and two children's voices from inside Henry's mind, talking to him about what it means to be courageous. By the play's end, Henry and the audience learn that courage is not just about overcoming fear, but is about the willingness to stand up for what one believes, in spite of fear.

The film crew included actors, the videographer, a sound assistant, and the director. They filmed at the Heritage Site in October 2013, and presented the play in November to audiences at the Swanson Center at Piedmont College. Among many activities related to this production, the students created a study guide for teachers.