Mercy Street Alexandria Premiere

Alexandria Film Festival To Welcome PBS’ MERCY STREET Cast Members, International and Local Filmmakers, And Wide Variety of Short and Feature Length Films on November 5-8, 2015

The Alexandria Film Festival opens Thursday, November 5, 2015 with the Alexandria premiere of MERCY STREET, PBS’s new civil war drama historically based in Alexandria, Virginia.

Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.

Set in Alexandria in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; MARY PHINNEY, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and EMMA GREEN, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest Union-occupied city of the war.

Ruled under martial law, Alexandria was once the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators, and spies.

Special Guests: Hannah James, Actress; Tara Summers, Actress; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Actress; David W. Zucker, Executive Producer; Lisa Wolfinger, Executive Producer; Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS.

Moderator Joe Cantwell is an entrepreneur, investor and independent film (We The Economy, Ride The Divide, Grass Roots) & TV (The Analyst) producer based in Alexandria, Virginia. He was a senior executive at Authentic Entertainment, Starz Entertainment, AOL and Bravo Networks, where he was one of the founding executives of the Independent Film Channel (IFC). His consumer media services and projects have earned Emmy nominations and numerous industry awards. He is an advisory board member of the Alexandria Film festival and the DocuWest Film Festival. His film “Ride the Divide” won the 2010 Alexandria Film Festival Grand Jury Award.