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1862

There have been few points in our history that has been so pivotal as the year 1862.

It was the first full year of our Civil War and it was the year that started great changes for our country.

Socially, the seeds of the Industrial Revolution which had already been planted, began to bloom, taking off at an unprecedented rate.

Politically, granted, the Lincoln Administration issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but, more than that, the Homestead Act was passed, giving people an incentive to move west. The first agriculture committees were founded, who in turn founded many of our agricultural colleges. Acts for what was called “internal improvements” were passed, granting federal help for railroads, canals and improving roads as much as possible. Whatever it took to help spread our manufactured goods all over the world. Tariffs on imported materials were raised. Our first issuance of money only backed by a promise of our government, the so called “greenbacks,” were issued. Our first military drafts were implemented. And so on.

Militarily, the Civil War occupied much of our attention. The Union launched its first offensives. The Confederate beat back most of those and launched counteroffensives in 3 of the 4 major theaters of the war.

In the eastern theater, The Army of Northern Virginia, first under General Joe Johnston, then under General Robert E. Lee, met and beat back an invasion thrust by the Union Army of the Potomac. Then General Lee met and utterly beat the Union Army of Virginia under Gen. Pope, then finally, General Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia on an invasion of Maryland.

In the Western Kentucky Theater, Union General Ulysses S. Grant led the Army of the Tennessee on a strike at the center of the Confederate line by attacking and capturing Fort Henry on the Tennessee river and then Fort Donelson on the Cumberland river. These two strikes cause the defense line of CSA General Albert Johnson to collapse. Gen Grant moved down the Tennessee river to Pittsburg Landing, where CSA General Johnston tried to surprise Gen. Grant. Grant held on by the thinnest of margins at the Battle of Shiloh. In the end, Gen. Johnston was killed and the Confederates retreated back to the town of Corinth MS.

Later on in the fall, CSA Generals Polk and Bragg invaded Eastern Kentucky in a bid to over run, or liberate, depending on your point of view, Kentucky, possibly forcing Union General Grant from Western Tennessee. Bragg outflanked Union General Buell and forced him into a race for the Ohio river. Their armies, or parts of their armies, stumbled into each other for the Battle of Perryville, KY.

In the Eastern theater, General McClellan, restored to the command of the Army of the Potomac, was able to bring General Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to battle along Antietam Creek in western Maryland, then Gen. McClellan was unable to defeat General Lee, although Lee finally retreated back into Virginia. In Kentucky, although Perryville was an inconclusive battle, Gen. Bragg decided his and Gen. Polk’s invasion of Kentucky was a failure and they retreated back to Tennessee.

1862 was the high point of the Confederate effort. After 1862, the only Confederate commander who still thought about an invasion of the North was Robert E. Lee. After Gettysburg in 1863, even Lee realized the Confederacy could not win an offensive battle in the north.

But 1862 was the only time the Confederates tried to launch a counter offensive when it might have worked. But, it was asking too much from their troops and their country.

I’m endeavoring to create a documentary about the year 1862. I want to explain everything that happened during that year. What, how and why the year is important to who we are as a country today. For better or worse.

I’m coming to everybody who reads this blog or sees the video below to say I have no idea as too how much all of this is going to cost, so I’m making my first plea for $6000.00 dollars so I can start some of this documentary right now. I will be needing to travel to Paducah, KY, Columbia, KY and then down to Dover, TN. Further along, I will need to travel to Pittsburg Landing, TN and Corinth, MS. Then to Perryville, KY. Then points east. In and around Antietam, MD, around Manassas (for 2nd Bull Run), then down to Richmond and points south for the 7 Days Battles. And this is just for the “B” roll footage. I’m probably going to be the narrator as well as crew, but I can record most of the narration somewhere around Owensboro, Ky.

Just send me what ever you can. If nothing else, please pass the information along.

And I thank you.

You can find me fund raiser at https://www.gofundme.com/ff7w8-1862

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Well, here we are again. I’m not the best about blogging That should be self evident. But here we are again. I promise I will try to blog something new at least once a month if nothing else.

Okay, so here we go.

The Haymarket Riot documentary is going no where fast. Never received replies from any of the instructors I reached out to, so, that documentary has been canceled. So has the documentary on World War One. The BBC has hired Peter Jackson to go through their trove of newsreel films about World War One. Basically, this is what I had planned on doing. That short documentary about Britain in the Blitz that I uploaded ran right into copyright claims, so I can imagine what a documentary about WWI will run into. So, let Peter do it It will probably be better anyway.

So, where does that leave me?

I had a hard drive crash & burn recently. Lost all of my files on it. Nothing I had or could find would even attempt reading it. Bye-bye drive.

There were only a few files I really cared about on the drive, things I was working on. The main three files I think I can reconstruct. That, and going through my hard files, I found a script that I had written, filed away and forgot about. Not a bad script. Plus a really short one that I need to reconstruct.

The really short one is called Caged. Its a ghost story, of a kind. The female ghost is watching her parents visit her grave and the thoughts she is thinking. Basically, for filming, I will need a cast of five people, a director of photography/camera person and a couple of assistants to help us out. I can do the filming myself, but I prefer to have someone watch over the filming and allow me to watch over the performers. Notice I didn’t say anything about a sound person. That’s because all the sound will be recorded post. Plus two green screen shots so I can have some fun. Now Caged is only about 5 or 6 pages in length. So, this one will be by volunteer only. It should only take us a couple of hours, I will say, some sunny Sunday afternoon. Probably some sunny afternoon in March. Not only do I want fair weather, I want the ground to dry up.

The other short one is titled Trapped. It concerns a prostitute who is killing some of her clients for money. It is loosely based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, the Florida serial killer. I suppose I was thinking about how would she explain to her female lover what had been happening. There is no sex scene involved. Sorry guys. No, seriously, there is no sex scene involved. Nothing close to a sex scene or even a murder scene involved. There will be some shooting outside, downtown Owensboro. Some shot in what will pass for a police interrogation room and some shot in a sleazy hotel room. At the Colonel House, probably. Surround ourselves with the cheap prostitutes, lol!

One of the full length. I want to film is about a lady who poisons people. Slightly revenge and slightly because she enjoys it. This is one I need to reconstruct from the ground up.

The other full length feature I want to film is an updating of Ed Gein’s story. I wanted to do a film about Ed Gein, but, where on earth would I obtain, and could afford to obtain, clothes for that period? And the cars, especially police cars. But let’s see what I can do if I update it? There is a small town between Henderson, KY and Madisonville, KY by the name of Slaughters. August Slaughters won the right to name the post office in a card game. He named it after himself. Now is this not a town to stand in for Plainfield, Wisconsin, the small town Ed was in? Shoot some scenes in Slaughters and some in Owensboro. And maybe one down the road from Owensboro…

I still want to do some documentaries. I want to do a documentary on the year 1862. America was at such a crossroads, then. This year is the real high water mark for the entire Confederacy. They fought off some offensives by the Union Armies, lost a few significant battles, but managed to launch offensives in two of the main theaters of the Civil War. They never came closer to winning the war. Gettysburg, the following year, was the high point for the Army of Northern Virginia, not the Confederacy over all. The Gettysburg Campaign was more or less a gigantic raid to try and draw Ulysses Grant away from Vicksburg, or cut his supply and communication off from Washington D.C. Even if Lee had won at Gettysburg, he would have found the Union Army of the Potomac on his flank and in prepared positions. Lee couldn’t have won the campaign and he couldn’t have supported his army off in Pennsylvania. That and 1862 was the year Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. That is a strange document.

Plus, I want to do a documentary, or a docudrama perhaps, about the Spottsville Monster. Spottsville is a small town west of Owensboro. They have a history of a Bigfoot like creature terrorizing the area. For more, go to: http://www.kentuckybigfoot.com/author/nunnelly

And, that has it, boys and girls of all ages. See you next time.

Mrs. Powell’s Kitchen

Potato with Cheddar Cheese Soup

Ingredients

Cheese Sauce –
2 Lbs. Of Cheddar Cheese
2 cups of Half & Half
2 teaspoons of corn starch

Gently heat 1 cup of Half & Half. Stir the 2 teaspoons of corn starch into the second cup of Half & Half, dissolving the corn starch completely. Slice the 2 lbs. of cheese into smaller slices. When you see small bubbles and foam around the edge of the 1st cup of Half & Half, the one you’ve been heating, feed into it the cheese slices and the 2nd cup of Half & Half. Stir while the cheese is melting. Once the cheese is good and melted, take it off the heat and allow it to cool for, say, a half an hour to an hour. Just until you are certain that the hot sauce is cool enough to go into your bowl. Allow to finish cooling, cover and refrigerate over night.

Note: If you really want to, use 2 cans of Campbell’s condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup. If you do, be very careful of adding any additional salt.

Next day…

2 quarts of water
2lbs. (app. 6) potatoes
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter/margarine or ¾ cup of olive oil.
1 & ½ cups of flour
Up to 2 tsp. of salt.
2 tsp of garlic (clove garlic, add one clove of garlic)
½ tsp of white pepper
½ tsp of black pepper
2 cups of Half & Half

Get a stock pot that can hold a gallon of water. Place it on your stove and add two quarts of water. Turn on high and bring to a rapid boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, weigh out and wash 2 lbs of potatoes, about 6 potatoes. Once they are clean, cut and dice the potatoes into ¼ inch cubes. Roughly a ¼ of an inch cube. Once the water is boiling, pour the potatoes in the water and allow to boil for 12 minutes.

Note: I have a Pyrex measuring cup and have been known to dip a cup of water out of the pot once the potatoes are cooked. This works very well for making sour dough bread. Something I forgot to do while making this soup. Oh, well, I’ll use potato flakes.

To really make boiled potatoes, the potatoes need to boil for about 20 – 25 minutes. We par boil the potatoes, or half oil the potatoes, for 12 minutes alone as the rest of the recipe will finish cooking the potatoes. When the potatoes have boiled, lower the heat to a high medium and add the cheese sauce you made the day before. Stir till sauce is melted. Allow this to cook for roughly 7 minutes. This does not need to be as rapidly boiled as you did the potatoes. While you are doing that, melt down 1 cup of butter over low heat.. When this is melted, raise the heat to medium and add 1 and ½ cups of flour. Stir this constantly. This will make a dough ball. Once the ball is made, cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. This becomes a thickener for the soup. Once is it thoroughly cooked, drop it into the soup, stir till it dissolves and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add up to 2 tsp. of salt. I’m supposed to watch my intake of salt, so I only add 1 tsp. of salt. Use your own taste and judgment on the salt. After it has cooked for 5 minutes, turn the heat down low. You don’t want it to boil, just simmer. Add in the 2 cups of Half & Half. Stir until thoroughly mixed in well and then let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally as the potatoes will stick to the bottom of the pan.

Please watch the video I made about all of this. If you do not see the video embedded or otherwise attached to this, please click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-bt_OTyv90

What Am I Cooking Up Now?

Okay, well I’m not such a great film maker that I can make films so fast. I’m working on a documentary as best I can, but how many times do you want to read about me working on a documentary or seeing videos about me working on a documentary?

So what else can I do?

You know what? I can cook. I’m a fairly good cook at that. I’m certainly no Julia Child or Graham Kerr, but I do okay.

So, I have created Mrs. Powell’s Kitchen. I decided to name it after my mother because Keenan’s Kitchen or My Kitchen doesn’t have quite the homey feel to it, you know? So Mrs. Powell’s Kitchen it is.

I will explore making soups, desserts, breads of all kind, some salad dressings and peanut butter. These will feature some vegetarian dishes, but mostly non-vegetarian dishes.

Each recipe will be written up with notes and an attached video. I have no idea of how frequently these videos will be released, they will never interfere with my film making.

I don’t know exactly where this is headed, but this should be fun. Who knows? Maybe this will help create a line of homemade products I can sell.

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Well, all righty now. The Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. Donald Trump is our president elect. If this isn’t signs we need to change, I don’t know what is. So here’s my change.

I’m going back to my first love of film making, documentaries. Yes, I know, some of my friends do not consider documentaries as being real films. You don’t need to. I do. To be the next Michael Moore or Ken Burns or Spike Lee has always, really, been my goal. As exciting and entertaining a Hitchcock film has been, a new film from Spielberg or Scorsese or Coppola has been, my heart was never in doing a fictional film. I want to present stories from our past. I want to talk to people about events that have happened in our past. For it is in our past that our future is foretold. Think I’m kidding? In 1946, during the infamous “Phantom Killings” (aka Moonlight Madness Murders) in and around both Texarkansas, one of the first victims, Mary Larey, said she thought the maniac was wearing a white hood, like a flour sake over his head. Now, how many horror films can you think of where the maniac wore a white hood over his face? In Wisconsin, Ed Gein killed a few people, but also dug up corpses from which he created a skin suit to portray his dead mother. Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, the list goes on and on.

For my friends who make fictional drama, comedies, horror films, I will celebrate your triumphs and cry over your failures. I hope you will do the same for me.

With that in mind, here is the slate of films I will be working on.

• The Haymarket Square Riot
• 1862: America at the crossroads.
• The Great Crusade: Normandy & Beyond
• The Irish War of Independence.
(Michael’s War? Maybe)
• The Shadow of the White City (Chicago’s Colombian Exposition
– H. H. Holmes had his Murder Hotel
during the Exposition and Mayor Carter Harrison, Sr.
was assassinated two days before the end
of the exposition)
• Who’s Your Favorite Clown?

The Haymarket riot was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded.
In the internationally publicized legal proceedings that followed, eight of the organizers were convicted of conspiracy. The evidence was that one of the defendants may have built the bomb, but none of those on trial had thrown it. Seven were sentenced to death and one to a term of 15 years in prison. The death sentences of two of the defendants were commuted by Illinois governor Richard J. Oglesby to terms of life in prison, and another committed suicide in jail rather than face the gallows. The other four were hanged on November 11, 1887. In 1893, Illinois’ new governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned the remaining defendants and criticized the trial.
“No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance,” according to labor studies professor William J. Adelman.

I was raised along Chicago’s south side. As far back as I can remember, I heard about the Haymarket Square Riot and, as far back as I can remember, I’ve always believed that the bomb was thrown by an agent of the Chicago Police Dept. The policemen’s deaths were accidental, but the bombing gave the police a reason for arresting the labor organizers and anarchists. Nationally, the Haymarket Square Riot launched America’s first “Red Scare.”
Boys and girls, moms and dads of all ages, this is going to be fun!

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Well, I don’t have much to say for what is happening at Tangent Films. I am still working on the screenplay for Caged (formerly known as Panther) and on the screenplay for the Kindness of Strangers. Still in need of funding for both projects.

Therefore, since I have nothing, allow me to share a few items that happened on this day in film history, 10-15-2016:

dictator_charlie51940  “The Great Dictator”, a satiric social commentary film by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released.
1951  “I Love Lucy”, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS
1953  KOIN TV channel 6 in Portland, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953  WJNL (now WFAT) TV channel 19 in Johnstown, PA (IND) begins
1954  KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959  KNDO TV channel 23 in Yakima, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1962  WLOX TV channel 13 in Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
1965  WEMT (now WVII) TV channel 7 in Bangor, ME (ABC) begins broadcasting
1989  Billy Graham is given 1,900th star on Hollywood rs-244933-curburenthusiasm_s6_2007_09Blvd
2000  Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” debuts on HBO

And that’s all this time from Tangent Films.

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Well, it has been a while since we last blogged. But since this is our second favorite time of the year (you’re kidding right? You’re wondering what someone of Irish descendant’s favorite time of the year is?)

I have been under cover for much of the last year. But don’t despair! I haven’t taken my eyes off of my goal. I have the first draft of the screenplay for what was named Panther, now named Caged, completed. I will be working some more on that in a day or two. How I get the financing done, is another matter. But I’m hoping to film it during the spring.

I’m also working on a full length script named The Kindness of Strangers. Its about a lady who likes to poison men, keeping some of them in crates in her basement.

I also have two stories swirling around to be turned in screenplays after those the above films are filmed, edited and out.

That’s about all there is for today. You guys and gals (or whatever) take care.

Keenan