The Grand Haven man spent three years traveling throughout Michigan and Georgia to tell the stories of the men in Company K, 1st Michigan Sharp Shooters, and the only Native American unit in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Schock’s film, “The Road to Andersonville,” recently earned him the Michigan Historical Society 2013 Award.
The 64-year-old said most of his work ties into justice, which is why he wanted to shed light on the 15 men in Company K who were held at the Confederates' infamous prison camp at Andersonville, Ga.
“These men have been overlooked,” Schock said.
Schock previously taught at Central Michigan University and Hope College. He has also created films about Michigan’s Ku Klux Klan and poets, but the majority of his work focuses on murders and cold cases.
Recently, he co-authored “Judicial Deceit” with Elizabeth Weaver, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice.
Schock said he had two goals behind making the film, a project that began in 2009. He hopes Antoine Chalut receives the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. He also hopes the body of one of the chiefs will be buried in Petoskey with his tribe; it is currently in Saginaw, where the railroad ended at the time of his death.
“He needs a homecoming,” Schock said of the chief.
Although “The Road to Andersonville” received funding from the Michigan Humanities Council, Schock said the rest of it was from his own pocket.
Schock said such films cost about $125,000 to make.
“It doesn’t really matter because we do work that matters,” he said.
Schock said he wouldn’t be able to do his work if it wasn’t for the love and support of his wife, Kathy Neville.
Neville said she’s excited her husband’s film receiving recognition. She said the project and traveling to Georgia had an impact on his life.
“All that happened is something that has stayed with him since then,” she said.