The Battle of Honey Springs

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The Battle of Honey Springs

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 23:54
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Bishop McGuinness graduate Bryan Beasley returned to Oklahoma earlier this fall to direct a short film called The Battle of Honey Creek. This historical short film recounts the events that took place during Oklahoma’s largest Civil War engagement. The filming took place at the original Honey Springs battle site, located just north of what is now Checotah, Oklahoma.
This historical re-enactment documentary will be part of an immersive experience at The Battle of Honey Springs Visitor’s Center. The film will interact with the museum exhibit. And, it will air at a future date as a stand-alone short on PBS.
The Battle of Honey Springs took place on July 17, 1863, and was the largest confrontation between Union and Confederate forces in the area. It was an important victory for Union forces in their efforts to gain control of the Indian Territory. And, it was unique in that Native Americans made up the majority of soldiers on both the Union and Confederate sides.
This is the third film that Beasley has directed for the Oklahoma Historical Society. Their first collaboration was Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family in 2008. Spanning from the 1860’s through today, the film offered up the history of the Houser/Haozous family as a way to explore the incarceration of the Apache people, growth brought on by freedom, and a family’s personal expression of these experiences through art led by Allan Houser.
In 2014, Beasley directed the film The Quiet Philanthropist: The Edith Gaylord Story. That film told the inspiring story of Edith Gaylord, from her role as a ground breaking journalist in the 1940’s male dominated newspaper business, to her devotion to philanthropy later in life for the arts and downtrodden.
Beasley has been in the film and television business for more than two decades. He studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, earning a Bachelor degree in Film & Television, before heading to Los Angeles. Once in Hollywood, Beasley made a name for himself photographing famous actors and musicians, including Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, William Shatner Alice Cooper, and Ozzy Osborne.
Beasley made his first short film, Electric Man, in 1995. Since then, he has accumulated 26 directing credits, including multiple television episodes for series like The Super Man; award shows specials for the Golden Gods Awards, Loudwire Awards, and Alternative Press Awards; celebrity roasts for famous musicians like Dee Snider of Twisted Sister; several short films; and, insightful documentaries like #140 Characters: A Documentary about Twitter and Not Such a Bad Guy: Conversations with Dabney Coleman.
Beasley is a proud Oklahoman and enjoys coming back home to film. For The Battle of Honey Creek, Beasley hired fellow Bishop McGuinness graduates Jon Roman and Jaime Roman to produce the project and hired twenty-three local film crew members and a nearly all-local cast. Be sure to check out the film if you visit Honey Creek and lookout for the film’s debut on OETA.