Free State of Jones (2016)
This is an upcoming American war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi during the American Civil War. The film is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on June 24, 2016 by STX Entertainment.
In the spring of 1864, the Knight Company overthrew the Confederate authorities in Jones County and raised the United States flag over the county courthouse in Ellisville. The county was known as the Free State of Jones, and some say it actually seceded from the Confederacy. This little-known, counterintuitive episode in American history has now been brought to the screen in Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) and starring a grimy, scruffed-up Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight.
The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War was written for professional and personal reasons. This movie is made for those people on the hunt for ordinary people who commit extraordinary acts. It especially draws those who confront systems of power in unlikely ways alongside unlikely allies. In Civil War Jones County, Mississippi, deep in the so-called “solid” South, some 100 ordinary white farmers banded together to fight against the Confederate Army. Doing so earned them the label of outlaws. But outlaw means different things to different people. The core members of the Knight band, however, viewed themselves as principled Unionists.