Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Event
The Deconstruction of Gettysburg
Get an insider view of the 1993 movie, Gettysburg, with film producer James Wilberger. Learn more.
Saturday, June 29
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Scott Center for the Performing Arts
$20 per person includes:
- A film screening and discussion with James Wilberger. Learn more.
- An insider view of the making of the film, including anachronisms and the challenges of making a historical movie in modern times.
Register now for Gettysburg Film, course #XXZ-289-A4
Film Screening plus Special Reception
Meet James Wilberger and mingle with fellow Civil War and film buffs.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
$40 per person includes:
- Reception with heavy hors devours.
- Reserved seating for film the screening and discussion (see above).
Advance registration is required for the Gettysburg Film and Reception. Register now, course #XXZ-290-A4.
James Wilberger grew up in Maryland, and enrolled at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1968, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 with a major in Theatre Arts. While being a college student, he sang in the college choir, College Singers; served on the Men‘s Council and the Religious Life Council; and acted in numerous plays, including “The Man of LaMancha” and “Twelfth Night.”
During his college years he decided to pursue a career in film production rather than acting. He has studied at New York University and UCLA.
Wilberger has worked his way up in the film industry from crew-related jobs, such as grip or electrician, to producer of television movies at Landsburg Productions, as Vice President of Production for the Turner Network Television, where he was Executive in Charge of Production for Gettysburg. He now works with Larry Levinson Productions, where he produces films primarily for the Hallmark Channel.
As a loyal alumnus of McDaniel College, Wilberger has counseled many students, via long-distance telephone, about careers in film production and tries to visit the campus each semester to spend a few days as a guest lecturer in the film production classes taught by Jonathan Slade and Nick DePinto. He welcomes an intern, each summer, to work alongside him as he produces films for Hallmark, which he usually produces four or five a year.
“Experience at the level and to the extent that Jim has – akin to a master craftsman openly and willfully imparting whatever passion and skill he has onto a younger person – is a rare gem indeed," said DePinto. Slade added, “It’s really impossible to calculate how valuable his real world experience is to our undergraduate students in Cinema Studies.”
Wilberger lives in Hollywood with his wife Manena and his children, Carmen (20) and Daniel (17).