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The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere 1812: By Fire and Sword on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY. Prior to the screening at 6 p.m., Town of Tonawanda historian John Percy will give a lecture on the Battle of Queenston Heights. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

1812: By Fire and Sword,  is a  narrative film and virtual exhibit features local re-enactors and professional actors telling the stories of The Burning of Buffalo, Red Jacket, Laura Secord, Cyrenius Chapin, General McClure and other key events that characterized The War of 1812 in the “Niagara Theatre.”  The five short films were made with The Buffalo History Museum in conjunction with its exhibit, By Fire and Sword: War in the Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814 on view at the museum through June 2014. To view the film trailer, click here.

The Canisius College Video Institute students conceptualized and created an interactive “virtual exhibit.” As museum guests approach By Fire and Sword artifacts, they touch Google Nexus tablets to view the film re-enactments inside the context of the museum experience. View a demonstration of the the virtual exhibit here.

More than 30 historians, consultants, technicians and actors, including more than a dozen Canisius students, participated in the 1812: By Fire and Sword project. The 1812: By Fire and Sword project was supervised by Jamie O’Neil, associate professor and director of Digital Media Arts and co-director of The Canisius College Video Institute.

For additional information about the event or The Video Institute, contact O’Neil at Ext. 3123 or click here  for the Video Institute website.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication