Grateful American® Foundation

Elijah and George, a Timely Historical Drama Steeped in Family, Freedom and Home

February 11, 2019

Occasionally, a film appears at precisely the right time during a country’s history. Elijah and George is perfect—now.

As the United States of America grapples with chronic political divisiveness, producer, director, and writer Andrea M. Clarke has set out to create a family-friendly movie about America’s founding principles: family, freedom, and home.

“While our film is not political, it is very timely. At its core, the story of Elijah and George celebrates unifying values: the beauty of a loving family, the resilience of the human spirit as father and son fight to get back to each other, and the goodness of freedom and home,” says Clarke.

The story was adapted from Michael Dooling’s popular children’s book, “George Washington’s Army and Me” which also featured his illustrations. Based on letters and diaries from the period, Elijah and George is an adventurous, sometimes humorous, and heartfelt tale that aims for a PG rating.

Description: a series of events unfold as 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 a game of draughts (checkers) save the young boy’s life and get him home?

Starring up-and-coming actor Colin Dyer, the film is character driven, as young Elijah pursues his father, a farmer who joins the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War, after the Loyalists storm his farmhouse and tragedy ensues.

According to Clarke, “It’s one of those stories that leaps off the shelf. My hope is for Elijah and George to be a unifying film. It’s part love story, part American history about how our freedoms came to be. The story brings the audience into the characters’ struggles and triumphs in what they can and do endure in the name of family, freedom and home.”

The film goes beyond the theater. David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation has partnered with 1663 Media Arts, LLC as a #HistoryMatters Educational Partner in support of the historical drama. Grateful American Kids’ is an interactive multimedia program that is focused on restoring enthusiasm about American history for kids—and adults. That mission is mirrored by the vision of the film.

A 1663 Media Arts, LLC Production with fiscal sponsorship, the film’s budget is $2,900,000.  The production is actively campaigning to raise funds before March 30th to begin shooting in early summer, with a release date of October 19, 2019–a nod of respect to the final day of the American Revolutionary War.

Tax-deductible contributions may be made through the film’s Network For Good crowd-funding page. They are also entertaining major sponsors.

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