Film ProjectsThe Menare Foundation's Film Projects Page features short films on the subject of the Underground Railroad, slavery, and life at The Button Farm Living History Center. Historical reenactments, period craft demonstrations, as well as clips from programs and lectures will soon be viewable from you web browser.
Currently In Production:
Patrick & Me
Anthony Cohen, a fourth generation descendant of a runaway slave, recounts the gripping tale of his ancestor Patrick Sneed who fled from bondage in 1849. Drawing from his forebear's 1856 account, Cohen carefully reconstructs the amazing story of the Georgia slave who was captured under the Fugitive Slave Act and later went on to fight in the American Civil War. Patrick & Me is currently in production in a dozen cities across the US and Canada. Shooting should finish in this year for release in 2010.
Box & Hounds
This two part short chronicles historian Anthony Cohen's journey in 1998, crammed inside of a wooden crate and shipped north on an Amtrak train. Cohen's strange journey follows the method used by Henry "Box" Brown, a runaway from Richmond, who in 1849 traveled secretly in a crate on a 26-hour odyssey to freedom.
In the second part of this short Cohen, who wants to experience what an Underground Railroad journey was like, decides to throw himself at the mercy of bloodhounds, once used to hunt down fugitive slaves.
Using slavery-era methods to elude the dogs, Cohen tests the veracity of these centuries old tricks, while being pursued through the forests of central Maryland with a small group of modern day "slaves."