Wednesday, May 9, 2012


(Media Release) On Thursday, June 14, local filmmakers will host a fundraiser for the documentary film, Blind Tiger, The Legend of Bell Tree Smith at the Rome Area History Museum on Broad StreetNamed for the local historical figure, William "Bell Tree" Smith, the Bell Tree Benefit will run from 6:30-9:00 pm in the upstairs event room at the museum. For a $10 donation, patrons will enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and live music by the Little Country Giants, Blake Rainey and Matt Green who are each featured on the film's original soundtrack.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, Brian S. Armstrong, Seth A. Ingram and Larry Stephens, and see behind the scenes photos and footage from the film shoots.   Guests will also gain insight into the historical significance of the movie’s protagonist, Bell Tree Smith. Tickets will be available for advance purchase while supplies last.
Ingram, director and producer of the film, says, "I grew up hearing many conflicting tales about Bell Tree Smith. Some depicted him as hero and others as a tyrant. Through interviews and reenactments, our film explores this legend and dissects myth from reality- all while bringing attention to the most unknown yet significant piece of local history."
The event is sponsored by the Rome Area Council for the Arts and the Rome Area History Museum.

About the Movie
Exit Eleven Media began filming Blind Tiger, The Legend of Belltree Smith, in January 2012.  It is being produced in Northwest Georgia by locals with a passion for preserving and bringing to life fascinating, untold history.   The film is set to complete production in October of 2012.  For more information or to contribute to the production, visit

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