READ MORE: How Tribeca-Winning Director Zachary Treitz Made ‘Men Go to Battle,’ a Period Film That Feels Strikingly Modern
As part of the “Local Color” program that celebrates independent New York filmmakers, the Nitehawk Cinema and Tribeca Film Festival presented a screening of the Civil War period piece “Men Go to Battle” on Tuesday night, followed by a Q&A with director Zachary Treitz, cinematographer Ben Jutkiewicz and co-producer Brendan McHugh. Treitz was honored with the Best New Director for a Narrative Feature award earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Despite its Civil War backdrop, “Men Go to Battle” is a familial portrait that feels intimate and remarkably contemporary. After the screening, Treitz spoke about how his own family’s Kentucky upbringing inspired the story and explained how his objective was to “make us feel like we’re jumping into the world rather than commenting on it from a 150 years later.”
Treitz said this goal was achieved by steering clear of the tropes of period pieces and focusing on making an intricate and detail-oriented film about the pair of brothers. Jutkiewicz added, “The biggest thing for us was to stay present with this character and create imagery that was very personal and visceral and not be precious with the period aspect of it.”
On Thursday night, the “Local Color” film series continues with a screening of “Dixieland” at the Nitehawk Cinema. The screening will be followed by a talk with director Hank Bedford, moderated by “Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller. Head here for more information.