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, he 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 Andrea M 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.”
The production company 1663 Media Arts, LLC will donate a portion of film profits to organizations that directly benefit soldiers returning from war. They will seek out Veterans interested in filmmaking with options to join their production.
Clarke shares “Earlier this year, we partnered with The Resilient Band, gifted musicians and Veterans who met at Walter Reed Hospital MusiCorps program during their physical rehabilitation. I asked them if they would like to write and record a song for the movie. They jumped at the chance to support us and our movie!”
The Cost of Freedom is a modern day rock song with a patriotic beat and haunting undertones. The song will be released soon as a single.
The band members have been Cast as 6th PA Regiment Soldiers in the movie. Nate Kalwicki, lost his leg in Afghanistan; lead vocalist Tim Donley, lost his legs and use of one arm; drummer Juan “Dom” Dominguez, who lost an arm and both legs; and professional musician Greg Loman.
“We are honored to have the guys join our production and found creative ways through a little movie magic to make that happen!” Says Clarke
Elijah and Jack- A Revolutionary Tale – went into Development January 2018. They are now in Preproduction and Funding Phase. They are currently raising funds to shoot a Proof of Concept Trailer in December 2019 / Early January 2020. A Proof of Concept is more like a short film developed on a very limited budget that’s created to attract a wide audience, financial backers, studios and well known guest stars by showing them what the production team can professionally accomplish.
The biggest obstacle the production has faced is censorship on social media. They remain undeterred and focused to bring their timely story to the big screen Fall of 2020.
The production has a Fiscal Sponsor to offer a tax-deduction to donors. The Proof of Concept Trailer Budget is $21K; the Feature Film Budget is $5.9 million. They are open to discussions with major sponsors and vetted investors.