150 Years after the start of the American Civil War, the battle continues in the lives and minds of many Southern descendants.
Documentary filmmakers Matt Roush and Andrew Burgess have begun a journey across the once war-torn lands of America to uncover a modern-day battle for heritage and history, 150 years after the start of the American Civil War.
Roush and Burgess are Master’s students in Media & Communication Studies at Florida State University, and for the final project of their program they are producing a feature-length documentary entitled “The Lost Cause: An Old War in the New South.”
What were the causes of the American Civil War? Did it really end so many years ago at the Appomattox Court House? For many, these questions are simple to answer. But for an ever-growing group of devoted Southerners it’s much more complicated. Popular history has it all wrong, they claim, and their answers to these questions have become increasingly relevant in the present-day United States.
Inspired by re-enactors the two met while producing the short documentary “150 Years Later”, this new film will stray from the traditional historical perspective of the war to more fully investigate the present-day thoughts and feelings of those dedicated to the “Lost Cause” of the Confederacy. From Confederate and Union re-enactors to the Neo-Confederacy and modern-day secessionist movements, “The Lost Cause: An Old War in the New South” seeks to understand the lasting effects of the so-called “War of Northern Aggression” on American society and culture, most notably in the South.
The Lost Cause