Elijah and George
1663 Media Arts, LLC presents an Adventurous, Family Friendly Film, a Historical Drama based on the popular Illustrated Children’s Book “George Washington’s Army And Me” by renowned Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling.
The movie is set to tell the adventures of a young camp follower as he encounters 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 appeal to families and viewers of all ages, lovers of history, and of course appreciators of good film-making.
Synopsis: Young Elijah forges surprising friendships through his adventures as he follows his father, a soldier in George Washington’s Army.
Logline One: 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 Two: Adventures of a young camp follower as he encounters famous figures of the American Revolution on his search for his father who has gone missing during the 1778 Battle of Monmouth.
In our story the Revolutionary War is the back drop. This is a character driven film that follows young Elijah’s seemingly impossible adventures as he follows his father, a farmer that joins the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment after the Loyalists storm his farmhouse.
The film is a work of Fiction. Historical elements from Valley Forge leading up to the Battle of Monmouth are intertwined and based on Facts from our exhaustive research and historical advisors. Imagine a Disney’esque Huckleberry Finn meets The Patriot movie with historical accuracy.
A young boy yearns for home on the farm; but for now, like many women and children in 1778, Elijah follows his father, a soldier in George Washington’s Revolutionary War Army.
Some 2,000 women and children follow the army, sometimes marching nine miles a day then sleeping on the ground. They cook, clean, and tend to the wounded. Even children work for rations. Elijah’s only solace—his only piece of ‘home’ —is occasionally getting to play draughts (checkers) with his Pa.
When his Pa does not return to camp from the Battle of Monmouth, Elijah decides he must find him. “Elijah sneaks out of camp in the middle of the night and the adventure begins: he falls into a creek, encounters a frightening Indian, a mangy dog, is chased by British soldiers, has a pistol cocked just two inches from his face, and even finds himself playing draughts with General Washington.”
Family. Freedom. Home.