J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

First Shot to Premiere in Lexington, 13 June

On Saturday, 13 June, at 7:30 P.M. the Lexington Flick will host the first public showing of First Shot: The Day the Revolution Began, a short film depicting the town’s role in Revolutionary history. The following day, the film will settle down at the Hancock-Clarke House as part of the Lexington Historical Society’s orientation for visitors.

I understand from filmmaker Rick Beyer that First Shot was shot on locations in Lexington. The cast includes nearly 100 reenactors, including members of the Lexington Minutemen; the 10th, 5th, and 4th Regiments of Foot; historical society guides; and dozens of other volunteers.

Also pitching in were the Lexington Conservation Commission, the Police and Fire Departments, Boy Scouts of America Troops 119 and 160, The National Lancers, the local Peet’s Coffee & Tea, The East Village Condo Association, The Bostonian Society, and The History Channel.

The film was funded by the Lexington Historical Society through grants from Mass Humanities, The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention Bureau and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, and The Lexington Council for the Arts, a local agency which in turn is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tickets to the premiere are $5, and seats are limited. Call the historical society at 781-862-1703 to purchase them in advance. (Photo of the cinema above by Rachel J on Flickr.)

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