Okay, Salvador Litvak is not Steven Spielberg. But that didn't stop the indie filmmaker from making his own Abraham Lincoln movie. And though he didn't have anything near Spielberg's budget, Litvak was lucky enough to uncover a treasure trove of high-quality digitized Civil War-era photos from the Library of Congress. Using a technique called "CineCollage," the ambitious director was able to film his actors on a green screen stage and later superimposed them in computer-generated sets created from the authentic photographs he found. And while judging from the movie's trailer (posted above), the result looks a bit cheesy at times, but we do admit it's a novel approach by a filmmaker that seemingly has a lot more passion than money.
"Saving Lincoln" has veteran TV actor Tom Amandes (Parenthood) portraying Lincoln in a biographical story that's told through the eyes of his loyal bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon (played by Lea Coco). With donations collected from the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, Litvak will be able to release the film in theaters, beginning on February 15th. For more info about how they made the movie, go ahead and surf over to their official Kickstarter page.
The almost entirely true story of Abraham Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon -- a banjo-playing Southerner who foiled repeated attempts on the President's life, and kept him functioning during the darkest hours of the Civil War.
Saving Lincoln stars Tom Amandes, Lea Coco, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison, Creed Bratton, Saidah Arikka Ekulona