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Friday-Saturday October 22-23, 2004

Paladin was on hand for the first-ever French & Indian War conference hosted by Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. More than 120 educators and history lovers attended the conference from several states. Fred Anderson, star of Paladin documentaries, served as keynote speaker. Andrew Knez, Jr., whose are can be seen in Paladin DVDs, also attended, as did prominent colonial-era historians. It was a successful and extremely well-run event. Congratulations to Bill Austin, Pat Zontine, Sandy Snyder, and the rest of the staff for a job well done!


Friday July 16, 2004

George Washington's First War earns its fifth national award, a Copper AXIEM Award in the category of Educational Television from the AXIEM Awards Committee in Rapid City, South Dakota. The AXIEM
(Absolute eXcellence In Electronic Media) Awards attract entries from all 50 states and many countries around the world.



Saturday July 3, 2004

Paladin paid a visit to the Fort Necessity National Battlefield for the 250th anniversary reenactment of the engagement at the Great Meadows. Present that day were approximately 3,500 spectators, representatives of the Three Empires, 400 living historians, a raft of media representatives, and many old friends. We want to commend the staff at Fort Necessity for coordinating an excellent event that delighted the general public in attendance.


Wednesday June 2, 2004

George Washington's First War earns its fourth national award, a Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award in the Individual/Creative Achievement category of Writing. The Aurora Awards are open to U.S. television stations, and worldwide private and corporate production groups and advertising agencies. Judging is performed by working groups of film and video professionals in major cities across the country. Programs are judged on a fixed scale in areas of creativity, message effectiveness, and technical excellence. The Platinum Best of Show Award is the highest honor given in this international competition based in Salt Lake City.


Thursday May 27 - Friday, May 28, 2004

Paladin participates in the first-ever May French & Indian War Seminar held by the Braddock Road Preservation Association in Hopwood, PA. For nearly 15 years the BRPA has held a November seminar that is the largest such event in Pennsylvania, drawing the world's top historians and an audience of approximately 200. This year the organization celebrates the 250th anniversary of the incident at Jumonville Glen with a real-time battle reenactment just after dawn, following the same sequence of events that touched off the French & Indian War as young George Washington "set the world on fire." Living historians authentically portray the French, Virginian, and Native American combatants in a live-fire event for the ages. Paladin directs a four-camera shoot to capture the event for BRPA. It is a once-in-a-millennium experience for all involved. The press was there too.


Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Special Edition of When the Forest Ran Red premieres on the big screen with two evening showings at the Destinta Theatres in Bridgeville, PA. The featurette Making 'When the Forest Ran Red' also is shown. It's a big night as local moviegoers get to see the definitive documentary of Braddock's Defeat in a state-of-the-art 380-seat, stadium-style auditorium. Historical fiddler Chuck Krepley, musical director of George Washington's First War, serenades the audience along with the group Shillingsworths, in their debut performance.



Chuck Krepley serenades attendees prior to the movie.







The Shillingsworths in their debut performance.
We can say we knew them when!






Tom Wilson peers down at the theatre from its state-of-the-art projection booth.






George Washington (Bryan C. Cunning) chats with
audience members after the show.






When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition producer Mary Matzen, star Bryan C. Cunning, and writer/director Robert Matzen relax after the show.





Wednesday, May 5, 2004

7:30 p.m. Paladin creative partner Tom Wilson kicks off the lecture series at historic Old Saint Luke's Church in Carnegie, PA speaking on little known aspects of the history around the French & Indian War, including the Ohio Company, the role of the Irish in the conflict, and the extraordinary adventures of Robert Stobo. orest Ran Red and George Washington's First War. Old Saint Luke's is located at 330 Old Washington Pike, Carnegie, PA. Following the lecture, When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition is sneak previewed. Almost 100 people attend the event.


Friday, April 30, 2004

Official release date for the When the Forest Ran Red Special Edition DVD.


Friday, April 16, 2004

Robert and Mary Matzen of Paladin attend the ribbon cutting reception for the new traveling George Washington exhibit (including the conserved 14-page handwritten reminiscence of GW's French & Indian War experiences), and the grand reopening of the Fort Pitt Museum. Also attending are U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, author Fred Anderson, artists Robert Griffing and John Buxton, representatives of the French and Native American empires, and more than a hundred other patrons of the arts and history lovers.


Monday, March 1, 2004

George Washington's First War earns its third national award, a Silver Winner's Trophy at the 25th Annual Telly Awards in Cincinnati, Ohio. This competition drew more than 10,000 entries from all 50 states and many foreign countries. George Washington's First War earned a Silver Telly Award, the top honor in the competition, in the category of History/Biography.



February 2004

Robert Matzen appears on the cable television program Historically Speaking hosted by Robert Adamovich on HS-TV in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.


Saturday, January 17, 2004

Paladin visits Winchester, Virginia, for a French & Indian War seminar hosted by Bill Austin and the Knowledge Point at Shenandoah University. Dr. Fred Anderson, star of Paladin's When the Forest Ran Red and George Washington's First War, delivers a lecture to about 200 history lovers on George Washington's French & Indian War experiences. At the conclusion of the lecture, When the Forest Ran Red is screened on a state-of-the-art projection system. We very much appreciate the opportunity to meet so many great people there, and look forward to a return engagement in October. Thanks, Knowledge Point!


Monday, January 5, 2004

George Washington's First War earns its second national award, a Finalist Winner Certificate from the New York Festivals, one of the world's most prestigious festivals for independent film and video.


Wednesday, December 17, 2003

George Washington's First War earns its first national award, a Golden Eagle from the Council of International Nontheatrical Events (CINE--pronounced Sinny) in Washington, D.C. for its "excellent filmmaking craftsmanship."
















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