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Occasionally, a film appears at precisely the right time during a country’s history. “Elijah and George” is perfect—now. As the United States of America grapples with chronic political divisiveness; producer, director, and writer Andrea M. Clarke has set out to create a family-friendly movie about America’s founding principles: family, freedom, and home.
“While our film is not political, it is very timely. At its core, the story of “Elijah and George” celebrates unifying values: the beauty of a loving family, the resilience of the human spirit as father and son fight to get back to each other, and the goodness of freedom and home,” says Clarke. Full Press Release
In this latest episode of Firelocks, the Podcast, we turn our focus on the independently-financed feature film, “Elijah & George” set to begin production this summer in Virginia. The movie is set to tell the adventures of a young camp follower as he encounters famous figures of the Revolution on his search for his father who has gone missing during the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. Described by its creators as “Tom Sawyer Meets The Patriot”, the film will highlight the often-forgotten lives of young camp followers who served alongside the armies of the conflict, and will be appealing to families and viewers of all ages, lovers of history, and of course appreciators of good film-making.
Joining host Bill Patchak for the discussion are Andrea Clarke (director/producer/writer), Michael Dooling (producer and also illustrator/author of the book that inspired the film), and Ben Theis (historical adviser and 4th Coy’s own). The four chat about the inspiration behind the film’s development, its ongoing pre-production activities, and the efforts being undertaken to ensure its historical accuracy.
Based on Letters and Diaries from the Period, “Elijah and George” is an Adventurous, At-Times Humorous, Heartfelt, Historical Drama about Family, Freedom and Home! The film is based on the popular Illustrated Children’s Book “George Washington’s Army And Me” by renowned Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling.
Description: An impossible adventure begins when a young boy sneaks out of George Washington’s encampment to find his father, a soldier who does not return from the Battle of Monmouth. Will the game of draughts (checkers) save the young boy’s life and get him home?
Logline: Young Elijah forges surprising friendships through his adventures as he follows his father, a soldier in George Washington’s Army.