Producer, Director, Writer
Andrea M Clarke holds a firm belief in everyone’s right to be free and live happily and in peace within their (healthy) communities without fear of reprisals or discrimination. She left her Corporate Career in Marketing and Business Development to develop creative projects that inspire and bring people together through the arts.
Andrea has freedom in her DNA. Her ancestors served during the American Revolutionary War and were early settlers of the Colony of Rhode Island. Dr. John Clarke, her “uncle” was a founder of Newport and Author of the RI Royal Charter of 1663 which afforded Religious and Civil Liberties for the Colony, a first in world history. Founder of 1663Media Arts, LLC, she develops Historical Dramas based on actual events.
Reading the book the movie is based on, “I was instantly transported into the story, and that night had a very vivid dream of the story playing out as a movie! It became a calling.” Andrea contacted Michael Dooling, the writer, and optioned the rights to develop his children’s book, George Washington’s Army and Me into a Family-Friendly Historical Drama.
Andrea shares “It’s one of those stories that cannot be left on the shelf. The backdrop for “Elijah and Jack” follows the American Revolution from Valley Forge through the Battle of Monmouth. The movie is part love story and part American History; action, adventure, drama, some humorous moments and a battle scene! The story is uniting, bringing the audience into the characters struggles and triumphs in what they endure and overcome in the name of family, freedom and home.”
She continues “While the movie is fictional, I was overly driven to ensure historical accuracy throughout the story, and feel confident we achieved my vision! It is important to the story for the historical characters, such as General George Washington, to be accurately portrayed. This is the main reason we will stay an Independent Production and film 100% in Virginia. Bottom line, my hope is for folks around the country to enjoy an entertaining, thought-provoking movie together and leave inspired to learn the truths about the founding of our country and honor those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.”
Consulting Producer & Director
John Forte, Jr. is an Award Winning Director, Producer and Writer of over 300 programs. John’s programs have been honored with nearly 170 awards including; The New York Festival WorldMedals, The New York Audio Visual Award, The INTERCOM, The Globals, The Colombus International Film and Video Award, The Golden Eagle Cine, The CINDY and several TELLY Awards.
John started BENEVENTO PICTURES, a media and entertainment company. John has Directed THE NEW DETECTIVES for Discovery Channel, co-produced the feature film, THREE DAYS IN AUGUST, and was co-writer, script consultant and co-producer for the upcoming production of HARRY AND CLAIRE and EXIT LAUGHING. He wrote the recent Special Olympics 4 hour streamathon in Los Angeles and Directed two Super Bowl local spots for 7th Point Advertising. He helped design and direct Gene Gorman Books and Dead Saints Chronicles website and media presence.
He’s worked with Rudy Reuttiger who the movie RUDY is based. In addition, he has created a program that featured Sully Sullenberger, hero pilot of the miracle on the Hudson as well as a project with famous Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
John is a former actor having studied at The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting and the Terry Schreiber Studios. He feels his acting experience enables him to be more comfortable with actors and can therefore effectively communicate with them. Most recently, John had his multi award winning program DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION featured on FOCUSDRIVEN, an organization dedicated to the eradication of distracted driving. He occasionally teaches acting at THE ACTOR’S PLACE.
John has written over 100 scripts for a variety of national and international companies. He’s written the screenplays. FEATHERS, MY LITTLE ITALY, I’M NO ANGEL, THE LAST HIT and THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and LEONARDO. Some of his TV show offerings are the comedies: SRO (Standing Room Only) BRITISH INVASION, TAKEOUT, BOX LUNCH, GREENE CITY, REEL LIFE, THE REC. and the dramas, BLOODMONEY, MELTING POT, AN ACTOR’S LIFE, R&D, CONFESSION, KNIGHT, SKETCH and the reality travel/cooking show, SET THE COURSE. He also has created the animation TAKEOUT and THE ALIEN CHEF, THE GARAGE GANG the offerings are action packed, informative, unique and funny. His Plus his shorts include: JACOB’S RESCUE, WORDS, THE SECRET RECIPE and SWEET THANKSGIVING produced by SERAPH FILMS in Los Angeles.
His Directing and Writing efforts helped Coastal Training Technologies, now DuPont Sustainable Solutions become an international 50 million dollar a year presence. According to one industry publication several of his programs are considered “classics” in the industry.
Story Writer, Historical Consultant, Co-Producer
Well known for his dramatic and historically accurate illustrations, Michael Dooling is the illustrator of over sixty-five books and the author of five including Young Thomas Edison, that School Library Journal said, “Belongs in every library.” The Great Horseless Carriage Race and George Washington’s Army and Me, both written and illustrated by Michael, have been considered for major Hollywood Motion Pictures. Horn Book praised his work as “noteworthy—and handsome—examples of the illustrator as historian.”
Michael has illustrated a commemorative stamp of Benjamin Franklin for The United States Postal Service, articles for Reader’s Digest, and picture books, chapter books, and Middle Grade Novels for numerous publishers including Scholastic, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, HarperCollins, Philomel, Puffin Books, McElderry Books, Henry Holt, Holiday House, Beechtree, Atheneum, Disney, and many others.
In 2013, Michael was selected to a Top Ten List of Great Author Visits by the Pennsylvania School Library Association.
Rob is an Emmy® nominated writer, director and author with Penguin Random House (The Lost Eleven). He has directed films all over the world including; Canada, UK, France and Belgium.
Child has garnered more than 25 writing and directing awards and is one of only a handful of directors whose work has screened in the Congress of the United States. Both of Rob’s first two feature film screenplays “Hamilton” and “Blood Betrayal” reached the finals in two separate screen-writing competitions. “Hamilton” was declared an “Official Finalist” in the 2011 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and “Blood Betrayal” reached the semi-finals in the 27th Write Movies International Writing Contest out of thousands of entries.
In 2011 his film, The Wereth Eleven, was nominated for an Emmy® and won the highest honor at the GI Film Festival in Washington DC, the Founders Choice Award. This highly regarded festival receives more than 2000 film submissions each year.
In 2011, the survivor’s association of the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Franklin, singled Child out for Honorary Crew Membership aboard the most decorated vessel in US Naval history. RobChild.net