Lincoln Gets a Computer - 'The Conspirator' Twitter Feed Launches
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2011
This might be fun. How do you market a movie set in the 1800's in the digital age? Mix the two together... I guess! Roadside Attractions has launched a new twitter feed for Robert Redford's The Conspirator, which we just saw a trailer for recently. However there's a twist! The twitter is called @1865Lincoln and will "share a dynamic collection of Lincoln's own words as well as an intriguing selection of little-known facts about the conspiracy that led to his assassination." So it's really Lincoln tweeting with some facts thrown in, since this is about Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Lincoln.
Beginning on Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, over 200 years after Lincoln's birth, the spoken words and writings of the former president will reach a new generation through the power and influence of twitter. The feed contains just a few historical tweets at the moment, but I'm sure it'll start filling up soon with more fantastical facts and quotes from our 16th president. "If the Southerners think that man for man they are better than our…western men, they will discover themselves in a grievous mistake." -@1865Lincoln This is quite amusing and I feel if anything will get attention more from educational communities and the academic world more than film fans, but maybe both will appreciate a historical throwback with Abe Lincoln himself.
Directed by Robert Redford, The Conspirator stars Robin Wright and James McAvoy with an ensemble cast including Alexis Bledel, Badge Dale, Jonathan Groff, Danny Huston,Toby Kebbell, Kevin Kline, Justin Long, Colm Meaney, Stephen Root, Tom Wilkinson and Evan Rachel Wood. If you haven't seen the official trailer, watch it right here. The Conspirator hits theaters on April 15th. In the meantime, follow @1865Lincoln!