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October 31, 2006

Special showing of "The New World" at Colonial Williamsburg's Kimball Theatre gives behind-the-scenes look at the making of Terrance Malick's film

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the College of William and Mary will host a special showing of Terrance Malick’s movie, “The New World,” at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 2.

Chief Robert Green of the Patawomeck (Potomac) Tribe of Stafford County, who worked as a native advisor and appeared as a Powhatan elder in the movie, and Buck Woodard, a research associate at the American Indian Resource Center and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary, who worked as a native advisor and animator, will provide opening remarks about the making of the film.

The film focuses on encounters between Native Americans and the early settlers of the fledgling Jamestown Colony. The central story, the ambiguous relationship between John Smith and Paramount Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Matoaka (Pocahontas), is set against a background based on meticulous historical and ethnographic research.

The event is free but tickets are required and can be obtained by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

The showing is a highlight of the annual meetings of the American Society of Ethnohistory, which will be held November 1-5.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8588. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location or visiting The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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