• “I was, despite my Spanish ancestry, an American, heart and soul.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “My career has differed from that of most women.  Some things I have done have shocked persons for whom I have every respect.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “War fare inevitably breeds corruption”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “A woman labors to fight her own way in the world, and yet, she can often do things that a man cannot.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “What a fearful thing this human slaughtering was.”

    Loreta Velazquez
  • “The way to keep a secret, is not to tell it to anybody.”

    Loreta Velazquez

Secret Soldier

NP_DVDcase_frontSecret Soldier is based on the film REBEL and distributed free for educational use through the National Park Service through streaming or through screenings at National Park sites.

Secret Soldier introduces audiences to the riveting tale of Confederate soldier turned Union spy named Loreta Velazquez, who disguised herself as Harry Buford to fight in the American Civil War. She was dismissed as a hoax for a hundred and fifty years, but new evidence indicates Loreta, a Cuban immigrant raised in New Orleans, was one of an estimated thousand secret soldiers of the American Civil War. The film weaves lush dramatized scenes based on Loreta’s memoirs, with vivid storytellers, archival material and animation. Run Time is 18 minutes.


CREDITS FOR SECRET SOLDIER
“Rebel” is an IGUANA FILMS Production
Starring ROMI DIAS & ISABEL CARTER
Producers MARIA AGUI CARTER, CALVIN LINDSAY, JR.
Editors BERNICE SCHNEIDER and MARIA AGUI CARTER
Composer JOSEPH JULIAN GONZALEZ
Cinematographers MIGUEL APONTE RUIZ, ROBERT MASSEY, ALEX VLACOS
Line producer SABRINA AVILES
Production Coordinator KAT ALIX-GAUDREAU
Narrator LLEWELYN SMITH
Graphics G.R.O.W. & HAYLEY PARKER
Color Correction and On Line MODULUS STUDIOS
Sound FX and Mix HEART PUNCH STUDIOS
Writer & Director MARIA AGUI CARTER

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One hour version of REBEL as broadcast on National PBS for personal use.
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75 min. feature Director’s Cut is available for theatrical and community screenings. Contact info@iguanafilms.com.