Star Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty
Star Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty explores the origins of the War of 1812 and the British torching of Washington, DC, the White House, and Capitol. The film follows the actions of Major George Armistead, American commander of Fort McHenry in defense of the City of Baltimore, and his nemesis Rear Admiral George Cockburn, commanding the attacking British fleet. Learn how Major Armistead commissioned “a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance” and how local flag-maker Mary Pickersgill with her daughter, two nieces, and a servant hand-stitched what was, at 30 feet by 42 feet, the largest battle flag ever flown.
Star Spangled Banner tells the story of the young American lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key, who witnessed the shelling of Fort McHenry from a ship in the harbor and authored the poem that became our National Anthem. Experience the Battle of Fort McHenry from the ramparts of the fort to the gun decks of the British frigates. Cameras will soar over the real Fort McHenry, brought to life with hundreds of 1812 military re-enactors. In the Baltimore Harbor, the British fleet will sail once more via hyper-realistic computer graphics. Across the giant IMAX screen and over the heads of the audience, cannons will fire, rockets will streak, and the sights and sounds that inspired Key will come alive once more. And, just like that misty dawn of September 14, 1814 when the sky lightened and the smoke cleared, we’ll see that “our flag was still there.”
The Maryland Science Center’s Van Reiner and Jim O’Leary are serving as the film’s Executive Producers, and the film is being produced and directed by IMAX veterans David Clark and Bayley Silleck.