WW2 Vet Joins Cast of Historical Drama

January 7, 2020
Charlottesville, Virginia
For Immediate Release

World War 2 Veteran Joins the Cast of the Historical Drama, Elijah and Jack, A Revolutionary Tale

96YO WW2VETDr. Frank Taylor is a funny, sharp, retired physician who served in WW2 including the Battle of Metz and Battle of the Bulge. You would think he is 65 or 70 but he is 96 with no signs of slowing down.

Risa Leigh Clarke, Producer, Director and Writer with 1663 Media Arts, LLC was introduced to Dr. Taylor through Al Underwood of the Horses In Action Foundation. She shares “I was so inspired by Dr. Taylor and his selfless acts for our great nation that we invited him to join our film family! We will further honor him by creating a role for Dr. Taylor in our historical drama Elijah and Jack, A Revolutionary Tale!”

Elijah and Jack is inspired by the Historical Children’s Book, George Washington’s Army and Me, by Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling. The movie tells the adventures of a courageous farm-boy and his faithful dog as 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 movie will highlight the often-forgotten lives of 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.

Dr. Taylor represents the Army legacy, the “greatest generation” that saved the free world during WW2 and the wonderful community we all enjoy. His college career at Hampden-Sydney College was cut short just two months prior to graduation when he and his classmates were drafted into the Army in 1943.

He was assigned to the 95th Infantry Artillery, Fire Direction Center. He arrived in England in August of 1944 and went into combat in France in September. The 95th Division was assigned to Patton’s Third Army and pushed forward to secure the bridges along the Moselle River in northeast France, including the “fortress city” of Metz, replete with entrenchments, tunnels and multiple fortresses.

Hitler directed almost five German Divisions to “hold at all costs” but securing these sites would enable allied Armies to enter Germany. The vicious battle to secure Metz went on for three months, until 13 December and Sergeant Taylor and the 95th Division earned the nickname “Iron Men of Metz”.

Two weeks later, on 26 December, the German Army initiated the “Battle of the Bulge” just north of Sergeant Taylor’s location. In spite of the extremely cold temperatures and snowstorms (the oil in vehicles began to congeal and 17k soldiers were hospitalized from cold weather injuries) Patton’s Army pushed north to relieve the paratroopers surrounded at Bastogne and successfully cut off the German advance. Dr. Taylor pushed into occupied Holland and then central Germany firing well over 200,000 rounds into enemy forces.

DAd army copyAfter the war, Dr. Taylor recommitted his efforts to reenter the medical profession through University of Virginia and the Cleveland Clinic, which he completed in 1954. He treated thousands of patients in the Charlottesville area and served as an instructor of internal medicine at UVA for fifty years.

He has also served as the President of several professional medical organizations and served the community through the Rotary Club, Mayflower Society and Sons of the American Revolution. His awards and accolades are warranted and numerous from three campaign stars and the French Legion of Honor to numerous medical and community awards.

Dr. Taylor recently attended the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the deliverance of Metz from the Nazis, where he was heralded by French leaders and citizens as a genuine, heroic liberator.

A true, humble hero, Dr. Taylor never spoke of his service, sacrifice or heroics during World War Two, until recently when the Rotary Club asked him to speak about his experience as a WW2 Army veteran. Dr. Taylor’s life, in service to others, on the battlefield and in dozens of hospitals, represent a nobility of character that serve as a model for us all. In fact, we are all part of that legacy. As MLK said, “we can all be great, because we can all serve”.

About the movie:

Elijah and Jack, A Revolutionary Tale A courageous 8-year-old farm-boy and his faithful dog set out on a frantic search for his father, a farmer who joins the American Revolution to avenge the death of his wife who was killed by British Horse Soldiers.

Described by its creators as Huckleberry Finn meets The Patriot, the movie is an adventurous, action-filled, at-time humorous, heartfelt story woven in the fabric of Family, Freedom, Home…with a twist of Redemption!

The movie production will film a Proof of Concept Trailer January 2020. The feature film budget is $5.9 million; the production has a Fiscal Sponsor to offer a tax credit to donors. Their goal is to begin filming late spring 2020 at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, VA and release the movie in theaters early Fall 2020.

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Media Contact:
info@1663MediaArts.com
http://ElijahandJack.com

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National Stunt Dog Champion “Good Beasley” Cast as Lead Canine “Jack” in Family Friendly Historical Drama!

For Immediate Release

December 11, 2019
Williamsburg, VA

National Stunt Dog Champion “Good Beasley” Cast as Lead Canine “Jack” in Family Friendly Historical Drama!

Good BeasleyRescue Pup Good Beasley has joined the cast of Elijah and Jack – A Revolutionary Tale as Elijah’s faithful dog “Jack”!

Handler Chrissy Joy adopted Beasley for a hiking companion and lifelong best buddy.  They named him, Beasley, which means “woodland” in old English.  She shares “We soon began training at Bone-A-Fied Talent Group where we found an instant skill set in trick training.”

Elijah and Jack follows the adventures of a courageous 8-year-old farm-boy and his faithful dog as they encounter famous figures of the American Revolution on his search for his father who goes missing after the 1778 Battle of Monmouth.

1663 Media Arts, LLC Producer Risa Leigh Clarke shares “We were looking for a very specific “18th Century” farm dog for the role of Jack. I instantly fell in love with Beasley! He has such a wonderful personality, Beasley feels like an instant lifelong friend. The role of Jack is very demanding and Good Beasley’s command of numerous tricks and his ease on set around other animals, sealed the deal!”

A Spokes-Pup for Anti-Bullying, Good Beasley and Chrissy Joy won a Telly Award for Best Cinematography. Out of hundreds of competitors, Good Beasley and Chrissy Joy won the 2018 National Stunt Dog Championship at Purina Farms!

Beasley, a Ibizan Hound Mix, thrives on stage, on film sets, TV, commercial and print! You may have seen him on the 2017-2019 Chewy commercials, Wawa, PetValu, Rachael Ray magazine, Modern Dog Magazine, US Weekly, NBC, ABC, FOX, DISNEY and more. Good Beasley’s most recent major film is as the lead “spy dog” in the movie Agent Toby Barks, by LIONSGATE, voice over by Jon Lovitz and will release in 2020.

Chrissy Joy and Good Beasley’s motto is “Take Chance, Make Opportunities!” and shares “we are thrilled to be working with this historical and exciting heartfelt film, Elijah and Jack!”

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Media Contacts:

Risa Leigh Clarke – Producer
1663 Media Arts, LLC
ElijahandJack.com
info@1663MediaArts.com
1663 Media Arts, LLC develops historical dramas based on real life events…because History Matters

Chrissy Joy – Handler
Bone-A-Fied Talent Group
BoneAFiedTalent.com
thechrissyjoy@gmail.com
Bone-A-Fied Talent Group works through highly accredited talent agencies to supply exceptionally trained dogs for film, TV, commercial, and print work. Their Professional Dog Trainers and Performers provide live performances, workshops, and demos at venues worldwide.

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An Inspiring Historical Drama

Elijah & Jack HSThrough 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.

John Koopman III as General George Washington

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.

 

 

 

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Actor Drew Youngblood to Star in Historical Drama “Elijah and Jack”

Drew-Youngblood-200x300Drew Youngblood has been cast in the starring role of “Elijah” in the historical drama “Elijah and Jack – A Revolutionary Tale,” produced by 1663 Media Arts, LLC.

Drew is a 10-year-old Atlanta-based actor with the recently co-starring credits, “Stranger Things,” “The Gifted,” “Good Girls,” and the upcoming HBO documentary “Sand Mountain.”

“Elijah and Jack” follows the adventures of a courageous farmboy and his faithful dog as they encounter famous figures of the American Revolution during his search for his father, who has gone missing after the 1778 Battle of Monmouth.

The movie is an adventurous, at-times humorous, heartfelt story steeped in family, freedom and home, with a surprise twist of redemption. According to producer-director-writer Risa Leigh Clarke, the film is akin to “Huckleberry Finn meets The Patriot with historical accuracy woven in.”

The independent film is in pre-production and the final funding phase. The production has fiscal sponsorship and is entertaining major sponsors and investors. Clarke aims to begin filming April of 2020 outside of Richmond, Virginia for a Fall 2020 theatrical release.

Youngblood is represented by Gina Henry of MI Talent Atlanta.
For more information about the film, visit ElijahandJack.com

Remember Forgotten Soldier’s on Independence Day

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to tour the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Forgotten Soldier Exhibit.

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The Forgotten Soldier Exhibit chronicles the “experiences of African-American soldiers who took part in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.” It was a humbling experience that left me feeling even more grateful for the sacrifices so many have made in the founding of our country.

The American Revolutionary War was not based on politics, the battle brought people together from all walks of life. “The primary purpose of government, according to the Declaration, was to secure man’s inalienable rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and other values sought were unity and public virtue. These values expressed and reflected the social conditions of early America.”

The realities surrounding the road to freedoms did not come together equally for all at the same time.  I place my hope in that we have learned difficult lessons from the past, and will continue to honor the fact that everyone has the right to be free, live in peace and harmony without fear and without overreaching government interference.

For this Independence Day Holiday, please take pause to learn more about the founding of the United States of America and to honor all of our Forgotten Soldiers.

Happy 4th of July Everyone,

Risa Leigh Clarke, Producer – http://ElijahandJack.com

Follow the adventures of Elijah, a young camp follower as he encounters famous figures of the American Revolution on his search for his father who has gone missing after the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. Described by its creators as Huckleberry Finn meets The Patriot, the movie is an adventurous, at-time humorous, heartfelt story steeped in Family, Freedom, Home and Redemption!

 

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