Torrington, CT Film Selected for National Film Festivals

Film produced by Northwest Connecticut nonprofit selected for inclusion to prestigious film festivals in Washington DC and Atlanta, GA

TORRINGTON, Conn. - Hartok -- Torrington, Connecticut: "His Truth Is Marching On," a musical documentary short film was featured in the Black History Film Festivals in Washington, DC on February 10 and Atlanta,GA, on Feb 24.

Produced by Culture 4 A Cause and The John Brown Project, the film traces American music history from 1619 to hip hop through the Civil War song "John Brown's Body," later rewritten into "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

"Everyone knows the Battle Hymn, but almost no one knows its roots are in equality, about a kid from Torrington," says Daniel Morrison, executive producer of the film, "This film celebrates the melting pot that is American music while pointing out that almost all popular music was given to America (and the world) by Indigenous and African American people."

The Black History Film Festival website says the locations are chosen thoughtfully: "Atlanta is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement… and …the nation's capital is a hub for Arts and Culture in the northeast region of the United States."

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Morrison is proud to bring Torrington, with its freedom trail designation, John Brown homestead, Underground Railroad history, and gorgeous civil rights mural to such an important audience. "The film was also intended to give a sonic boost to NW Connecticut's arts renaissance by featuring local talent, local recording studios, and local backdrops," adds Jacque Williams, Executive Director of Culture 4 A Cause, "National exposure like this shines a bright light on the NW Connecticut arts and culture scene."

Other accolades for the film include a 2023 Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and early selection in the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival this May.

Tickets for the Atlanta festival are available through

The John Brown Project ( is a loose affiliation of artists, journalists, historians, and policy wonks who partner with various nonprofits to produce culturally significant artistic and informational content.

Culture 4 A Cause ( is a nonprofit organization based in Northwest Connecticut whose mission is to build community through music and the arts.

Daniel Morrison
The John Brown Project

Source: The John Brown Project

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