Occasionally, a film appears at precisely the right time during a country’s history. “Elijah and Jack” 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 Jack – A Revolutionary Tale” 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.
The movie is set to tell the adventures of a courageous 8-year-old farmboy and his faithful dog they encounter famous figures of the American 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.
The story was adapted from Michael Dooling’s popular children’s book, “George Washington’s Army and Me” which also featured his illustrations. Based on letters and diaries from the period, “Elijah and Jack” is an adventurous, sometimes humorous, and heartfelt tale that aims for a PG rating.
Starring Drew Youngblood, the film is character driven, as young Elijah pursues his father, a farmer who joins the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War, after the Loyalists storm his farmhouse and tragedy ensues.
According to Clarke, “It’s one of those stories that leaps off the shelf. My hope is for “Elijah and Jack” to be a unifying film. It’s part love story, part American history about how our freedoms came to be. The story brings the audience into the characters’ struggles and triumphs in what they can and do endure in the name of family, freedom and home.”
The film goes beyond the theater. David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation has partnered with 1663 Media Arts, LLC as a #HistoryMatters Educational Partner in support of the historical drama. Grateful American Kids’ is an interactive multimedia program that is focused on restoring enthusiasm about American history for kids—and adults. That mission is mirrored by the vision of the film.
A 1663 Media Arts, LLC Production with fiscal sponsorship, the production is actively campaigning to raise fund.
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