Through the eyes of a courageous 8-year-old farm boy and his faithful dog Jack, the Historical Drama Elijah and Jack – A Revolutionary Tale brings the audience into an edge-of-seat adventure woven in the fabric of Family, Freedom and Home.
Elijah’s Pa, Starring Allen Williamson as Eli Paterson, joins the 6th PA Regiment after the British Buck County Light Dragoons (horse soldiers) storm the farmhouse and tragedy ensues.
Starring Drew Youngblood as Elijah Paterson, and Good Beasley as Jack, Elijah follows his father, a soldier in General George Washington’s Army, along with 2000 women, children and men, marching up to 9 miles a day. Elijah’s one prized possession is a tattered game of draughts.
Elijah and Jack – A Revolutionary Tale: 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?
Elijah finds himself on seemingly impossible adventures as he encounters famous figures of the American Revolution as he sets out to find his father who goes missing after the 1778 Battle of Monmouth.
Filmmaker Risa Leigh Clarke shares, “with Freedom in my DNA, we have created an amazing story about a little known part of the founding of our country. While the story is fictional, we have done alot of research to best portray the soldiers and camp follower struggles from Valley Forge leading through the Battle of Monmouth. My hope is for folks to come together, be captivated by the story and leave feeling inspired to learn more about the founding of America, the forgotten heros and honor those who sacrificed for our freedoms.”
The movie is based on the popular Historical Children’s Book, George Washington’s Army and Me, by Award Winning Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling. Screenwriter Rob Child is an Emmy® nominated and multiple award winning writer, director and author with Penguin Random House.
#HistoryMatters Partner David Bruce Smith, Founder of Grateful American Foundation shared “read the screenplay in one sitting. It’s wonderfully visual, filled with suspense, and definitely a story that kids–and adults–will enjoy. Congratulations!”
Clarke’s ancestor Dr. John Clarke was a founder of Rhode Island who wrote and secured the Charter of 1663 which afforded Religious Liberties and Civil Rights to the Colony of Rhode Island 126 years before the United States of America was formed.
She continues “In order to stay true to the Historical characters such as Washington, we will remain an Independent Production and film 100% in Virginia. We have invitation from a major distributor for a wide theatrical release.”
Elijah and Jack- A Revolutionary Tale – went into Development January 2018. They are now in Preproduction and Funding Phase and are actively entertaining sponsors and qualified investors to raise funds for the $5.9 million film budget.