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Screenplay by Bill Kauffman being turned into feature film

It's now official -- local author, historian and localist advocate Bill Kauffman is now a screenwriter, too.

Kauffman wrote a script based on a novel by Harold Frederic, a 19th Century resident of Utica.

The movie, titled "Cooperhead" and set in the Civil War, recently started production in King’s Landing, New Brunswick, Canada.

Actors Jason Patric and Angus MacFadyen are take starring roles and the movie is being directed by Ron Maxwell.

The story centers around a family torn apart by the war between the states.

Kauffman is a native Batavian and currently resides in Elba. No word on when his book about Batavia, "Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette," will be turned into a major Hollywood production.

Billie Owens
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Congrats, Bill. Geez that took some patience... How exciting! Best of luck to all.

Note to readers: Bill's book "Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette" is so insightful and funny that I laughed 'til I cried while reading some passages. Alternately, I kept a dictionary handy because he peppers his writing here and there with a word that is new to me. And if I do say so myself, that's rather hard to do.

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Congratulations Bill!! Can't wait to see the movie!

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You Go, Bill ! ! !

Phil Ricci
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Congrats, Sir!!!!

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