Tickets are $10 and are available at Harvest Moon Café, Downtown Schroeder’s, Wiyanna’s Salon on 3rd Street and Purk’s in Cedartown. Tickets may also be purchased online and are limited.
The event, set for June 14, will be held at the Rome Area History Museum on Broad Street.
The film’s co-director, Seth Ingram, said “Blind Tiger” parallels the life of Smith who lived in the town of Bluffton on the Polk County, Cerokee County, Ala., line.
“He became sort of a kingpin of the area,” Ingram said. “He had a hand in all sorts of political, business and alcohol affairs. He’s almost like a Jesse James figure but not a lot of his story is documented. We hope expose that history.”
The Bell Tree Benefit will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the upstairs event room at the museum. Patrons will enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music by the Little Country Giants, Blake Rainey and Matt Green who are all featured on the film’s original soundtrack.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers, Brian S. Armstrong, Seth A. Ingram and Larry Stephens, and see behind-the-scenes photos and footage from the film shoots. Guests will also gain insight into the historical significance of the movie’s protagonist, Bell Tree Smith.
“I grew up hearing many conflicting tales about Bell Tree Smith,” Ingram said. “Some depicted him as hero and others as a tyrant. Through interviews and reenactments, our film explores this legend and dissects myth from reality — all while bringing attention to the most unknown yet significant piece of local history.”
The event is sponsored by the Rome Area Council for the Arts and the Rome Area History Museum.
Funds raised at the event will go to historical reenactments and post production and publicity of the film, Ingram said.
Directors and producers are hoping for a fall release date.
Exit Eleven Media began filming “Blind Tiger: The Legend of Bell Tree Smith,” in April 2010. For more information or to contribute to the production, visit www.belltreemovie.com