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'GETTYSBURG' SUCCESS SPARKS BOOK, CD SALES; FILM'S DIRECTOR, RON MAXWELL, TO PARTICIPATE IN 130TH ANNIVERSARY OF GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ - "Gettysburg" has clearly struck a national chord. In addition to a healthy cumulative box office gross of $6,889,204 in its sixth week of release, "Killer Angels," the Pulitzer Prize winning novel upon which it is based, has once again appeared atop The New York Times best seller list, for four weeks running. The companion book to the film is already in a second printing and the Milan Records' soundtrack of Randy Edelman's moving film score is also selling very well.
 The strong link between the epic "Gettysburg" and the historic event itself will be marked by several special events featuring the participation of writer and director Ronald F. Maxwell. On the actual anniversary, Friday, Nov. 19, Maxwell will host a special screening for film students at New York University, to be followed by a short discussion. Maxwell will also be one of the featured participants at the Gettysburg Address 130th anniversary ceremonies at the Gettysburg National Military battlefield on Nov. 20.
 Additional activities in Gettysburg include a President Lincoln reenactor reading the Gettysburg Address, an evening of Civil War-era entertainment, featuring music and dramatic performances by Maxwell and actress Laura Johnson.
 Acclaimed historian Shelby Foote will be the keynote speaker at a commemorative program at the Gettysburg National Cemetery on Nov. 19. On Saturday, Nov. 20, artist Mort Kunstler, illustrator of the film's companion book, "Gettysburg -- The Paintings of Mort Kunstler," will be present at Hammer Galleries in New York City to sign his book, posters, and meet the public. A special exhibition of Kunstler's paintings in celebration of the book's publication will run from Nov. 16 through Dec. 4.
 "Gettysburg" marks the first time the most famous battle in American military history has been committed to film, and also the first time a film crew had been allowed to shoot major movie sequences on the Gettysburg National Military battlefield.
 A Mace Neufeld-Robert Rehme presentation in association with TriStar Television, "Gettysburg" was written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, and executive produced by Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz.
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