"He was a staunch Union supporter in what became a pretty heavily Confederate-dominated area. And he was bushwhacked, assassinated during the war."
"So we try to give people a piece of what his life was like."
Averill's film weaves his research with stunning outdoor visuals, archival photographs, maps, oral histories and other donated resources.
He also got permission to use a travelogue written by Emmy-winning writer Millard Lampell.
All of this is threaded together with music performed by several local musicians -- some seasoned, and some just starting out.
"We found this 17-year-old guitarist in Hinton named Jordan Hart who is phenomenal," said Averill.
"He wrote six songs for the movie and he plays on 2 others."
"Passing Thru Sandstone" will premiere at 1:30 p.m. today at the Ritz Theater in Hinton."I think locally people really enjoy seeing their history portrayed in a positive light, and pretty accurately at that," said Averill. "Hopefully it will inspire others to do something like it with their town because every town has great stories, great history, that are worth remembering."