This is a teaser for Where Elephants Fought The Movie. It is the story of the murder of Confederate General Earl Van Dorn on May 7, 1863. During the tragic days of the American Civil War, the handsome, playboy General Van Dorn struck up an affair with the beautiful Jessie Peters, wife of wealthy physician and planter, George Peters. During the course of their whirlwind affair, the handsome General Van Dorn set his sights on yet another, which is where the secrets we have uncovered begin.
It's no secret, it takes a small army to make a film. We constantly look for opportunities to enlist new troops who have the skillset and desire to share this story with the world.
Britton & Bridget recently went to Spring Hill, TN to scout locations and meet with Kayce Williams, the Director of Economic Development. They are pleased to announce they have the city's support.
Bridget Smith was born and raised in Columbia, Tennessee, not far from the setting of her Civil War era novel Where Elephants Fought. From the first glimpse into the lives of Jessie McKissack Peters and General Earl Van Dorn, she was intrigued and soon found herself immersed in the world of research for over twenty-five years. She has a Masters in English and has taught in high school and college for the last twenty-five years.
Since the publication of Where Elephants Fought in 2015, Bridget has had the honor of being a guest speaker at the Mid-South Book Festival (2016), SCV National Convention (2017), Beauvoir Lecture Series (2017), and the Mid-South History & Civil War Show (2016). Bridget regularly speaks for a number of SCV and UDC Camps in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Most recently, Bridget was nominated for the 2018 Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal by the W.D. Holder/Mississippi Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Bridget lives in Raymond, Mississippi, with her husband Ray and her four children and is currently at work on a companion book about the Peters – Van Dorn Affair, along with a book about the notorious Confederate General M. T. Polk.
Britton was born and raised in Brandon, Mississippi where he grew up playing sports. He attended college at Mid-Continent University on a soccer scholarship, where he received a bachelor's degree in Business Management & Administration. After school, he worked as a real estate appraiser, but after the economy collapsed in 2007, he decided to make a career change. Britton missed the team atmosphere he was introduced to through sports and always had a passion for films. At the age of 30, he made the decision to go back to school for a film degree at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. He graduated film school with honors in the Spring of 2014, with an emphasis in directing & screenwriting.
After graduating from Watkins, Britton moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his dreams as a filmmaker. As fate would have it, his first opportunity to work on a feature film ended up being back home, in Mississippi, as a script supervisor for director Alison Eastwood on her film, Battlecreek. A favorable Mississippi tax incentive kept the feature films rolling into town, so Britton eventually moved back home to gain the experience he needed to further pursue his goals. Britton has now worked on close to fifteen feature films in various positions that range from script supervising, to acting, to producing. He also owns his own multi-media company, Webb Creative Media. Britton lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with his three year old son, and is currently running his own multi-media company, Webb Creative Media, along with producing, directing, and acting in a Web/TV series called Captown, while pressing forward with pre-production on Where Elephants Fought!
Britton and Bridget began collaborating three years ago. Since then, they have worked together to adapt her Civil War novel into the screenplay. The script has been worked through multiple drafts to bring you the best visual story of the murder of General Earl Van Dorn, without jeopardizing the integral pieces of the story. With your help, they will be able to share this story of love, betrayal, death, and lies with the world as they rewrite history - Where Elephants Fought.