|Directed by||Kevin Hershberger|
|Produced by||Kevin Hershberger
|Written by||Kevin Hershberger|
|Music by||David Russell|
|Editing by||Sunny Zhao|
|Distributed by||Kevin Hershberger|
|Running time||102 minutes|
Wicked Spring is a 2002 war drama film directed, produced, and written by Kevin Hershberger. The film focuses on a Confederate soldier in 1864, Harrison Bolding (Brian Merrick), lost in the Battle of the Wilderness at night with two other soldiers from his company. The three meet another trio of Union soldiers that night, but don't realize it until the next morning, while trapped between Union and Confederate defenses. The story is an original, fictional portrayal based on several actual events from the Civil War, notably an event that took place in 1862 during the Battle of Crampton's Gap.
The movie starts off in 1861 with the protagonist Harrison Bolding (Brian Merrick) bidding farewell to his wife before heading off to war. The movie then fast forwards to 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness. As the fighting wears down and night begins to fall, Bolding and two other soldiers, James Hogg (Terry Jernigan) and After Stand Kennerly (Aaron Jackson) get separated from their company and become lost in the thick woods. They happen to run into three other soldiers, John Sunderlin (DJ Perry), Augustus Elliot (Curtis Hall), and Pietro Brolo (Mark Lacy) without realizing they are on the opposite side in the darkness of the night. The six weary men socialize by the campfire, telling stories and sharing any food they have left.
When the sun rises the next morning, the soldiers now realize they come from different sides of the battlefield. As tensions grow, they are also stuck in between the rest of the Confederate and Union soldiers, approaching each other. The two sides come closer and closer, before firing simultaneously. The barrage of fire kills all the men, ending the movie.
- Brian Merrick as Harrison Bolding
- Terry Jernigan as James Hogg
- Aaron Jackson as After Stand Kennerly
- DJ Perry as John Sunderlin
- Curtis Hall as Augustus Elliot
- Mark Lacy as Pietro Brolo
- Rebecca Lawlor as Parthenia Sunderlin
- Lindsey Ingram as Virginia Gordon
The filming was conducted over 29 total days between January and August 2000 at five different locations throughout Virginia. Total cast includes approximately 100 actors and re-enactors from across the United States.
Director Kevin Hershberger reunited almost the entire cast and crew from his previous short film, "The Nest" for the production of Wicked Spring.
To maximize the budget, filming was broken up over most of 2000. The opening of the picture was shot over several days in January 2000, then production broke while the actors grew beards and longer hair and lost weight to film the battle scenes at the end of March and early April 2000. Gathering additional budget money, the production then shot in May 2000 for all of the character scenes of meeting in the woods at night, campfire and morning wake up before the next day's battle. With rain and other natural elements disrupting filming, production shot for an additional 3 days in August 2000 (at a different filming location) to finish out the film, shooting the important "letter writing" sequence which is important for the end of the second act.
- Fort Pickett (Blackstone, VA)
- Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia (Staunton, VA)
- Petersburg, VA
- Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)
- VMI (Lexington, VA)