Thursday, August 28, 2014

AFL named to Top Ten Movie List

The Journal of the American Revolution has named ALL FOR LIBERTY as one of its TOP TEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR MOVIES of all time. AFL comes in at #6 amongst a roster of Rev War classics. JOHN ADAMS (2008) was cited as #1, with APRIL MORNING (1988) and DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1938) coming in at #2 and #3 respectively. AFL's ranking is all the more remarkable as it is the only independently produced picture listed and the only low budget picture listed. The Journal of the American Revolution publishes articles and commentary of an historical and scholarly nature to foster knowledge and understanding of the military, cultural and social histories of the Revolutionary War era. To read the film rankings in their entirety go to: http://allthingsliberty.com/2013/01/top-10-revolutionary-war-movies/ ALL FOR LIBERTY is available for dvd sale and/or instant download at Amazon, Amazon Prime and many other outlets. ALL FOR LIBERTY is distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

AFL heads into a New Year

We haven't been posting the progress of ALL FOR LIBERTY for some time.  Here's a Timeline of our success.  Here's wishing you and yours a bright and prosperous 2012!

ALL FOR LIBERTY TIMELINE
2009
Accolade Film Competition, La Jolla CA (3 awards:  Awards of Excellence – Feature Film, Leading Actor; Award of Merit – Sound Design
2010
World Premiere – Beijing International Film Festival
North American Premiere – WorldFest Houston TX (3 awards: Special Jury Award – Theatrical Feature; First Prize – Feature Trailer; Second Prize – Art Direction)
US East Coast Premiere – Charleston SC International Film Festival (1 award: Audience Choice for Best Film)
First Theatrical run – (22 screenings) Terrace Theatre, Charleston SC
Preview DVD released on Independence Day, July 4, 2010
Feature article in AMERICAN REVOLUTION magazine
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (1 award: Best Picture, Faith Based category)
Sons of the American Revolution South Carolina Chapter awards
Daughters of the American Revolution Houston Texas Chapter award
Educational version  (52 minutes) and family version (81 minutes) produced
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, KY (1 award – Best Independent Feature Film)
2011
Charleston SC International Film Festival, reprise screening
Gideon Film Festival, Asheville NC
DOVE Foundation Family Seal of Approval
Theatrical screenings throughout South Carolina

Monday, November 1, 2010

ALL FOR LIBERTY TAKES AWARD #9

Continuing its streak of festival wins, ALL FOR LIBERTY has been awarded Best Independent Feature Film at Southern Appalachian International Film Festival.  The award, AFL's ninth, was announced at the fest's gala awards event, October 27, 2010 in Kingsport Tennessee.  The feature screened at the fest on October 30.

After premiering in Beijing in the spring of 2009, ALL FOR LIBERTY has won awards at Wordlfest Houston (3 awards), Charleston International Film Festival, Myrtle Beach International Film Festival and the Accolade Competition (3 awards).  The action adventure saga is set during the American War for Independence and is distributed by John McLean Media (http://www.johnmcleanmedia.com/).

The Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, (http://www.soapiff.com)/ is a festival screening world-class films within minutes of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. The purpose of SOAPIFF is to publicly recognize, promote, and preserve the work of independent filmmakers and encourage film production and culture in Southern Appalachia.

Chris Weatherhead sent a message of thanks that was read at SOAPIFF's gala awards event which read in part:  "We offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who worked on the film, our hundreds of donors and also to Executive Director Amelia Fry, the Judges and Staff at the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival!! We will be happy to share any information about how we finally got this film done with anyone who might be interested! God bless you and keep up the great work!!!"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Producer Ron Mangravite to speak at DAR Constitution Week event

ALL FOR LIBERTY'S Producer/Co-Screenwriter Ron Mangravite will be the featured speaker at Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week Luncheon on September 25, 2010 at Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami FL (305 251-5000).  The annual event is produced by the Southern Florida Regent's Council of the Florida State Society of the DAR.

Ron will hold forth on two unique aspects of the project: first, an account of our star Clarence Felder's dogged search to rediscover the history of his nearly forgotten ancestor Henry Felder, who is the subject of the film; and second, Ron's comments on the international impact of the film production itself- as historians, researchers, re-enacters and filmmakers joined together to make this true independent film that has helped foster a renewed interest in the early culture and history of our country.
  
The festivities begin at 11:30 am and the public is welcome to attend.  Reservations are $28.00 and can be obtained by contacting B. B. Gould at 305 401-9522 (please do so before September 20th!)

Monday, June 28, 2010

AFL WINS AWARDS FROM NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

All For Liberty recently garnered three awards from national historical groups. The Daughters of the American Revolution for the state of Texas awarded All For Liberty a First Prize in Media for 2010. The award was presented by the largest DAR chapter in the world, the Lady Washington chapter, by Beth Leney, the Texas State Chair, as part of the state conference in Houston. “We are extremely grateful for this prestigious honor,” Chris Weatherhead said. “This award is a great addition to our endorsements from scholars and historians. We are very proud and share it with all our team.”

Clarence Felder accepts Silver Citizen award and medal from the Sons of the American Revolution South Carolina chapter

The Sons of the American Revolution for the state of South Carolina presented AFL's Executive Producer and star, Clarence Felder with a Silver Citizenship Medal and Director Chris Weatherhead received a Medal of Appreciation.  Awarded at the chapter's 121 st Annual State meeting by Mark C. Anthony, Secretary and President, Douglas Doster, both honors were in recognition of notable services on behalf of American principles.

Clarence Felder remarked, “This means a great deal to me. I feel through these awards and the great response on the film, my ancestor, Captain Henry Felder, is receiving long-overdue recognition for his bravery and sacrifices. We hope to share his story with many generations of Americans who need to be inspired by it. And we hope our film will create a path for other forgotten heroes to be honored.”

Mark C. Anthony from the SCSAR, added, “ The SAR is always pleased to recognize the efforts of those who increase the knowledge of the American Revolution. In this case, taking that experience into theaters and homes via film and DVD is unique and much deserved.”

Thursday, June 24, 2010

JOHN McLEAN MEDIA RETURNS FROM CANNES

John Mclean Media, our distribution company for world broadcast sales has returned from the Cannes Film Market where they received strong interest in our film from potential clients from various countries. Please visit their distinctive website, http://www.johnmcleanmedia.com/  All For Liberty is covered in Feature Film, HDTV, and Educational categories.  JMM is known for quality programming to US domestic and International television (satellite, cable and broadcast) as well as to educational markets.
 
In the near future, also look for a new educational version of our feature film designed for students ages 10 through 17, with supplemental teaching materials for educators! Michael Scoggins, director of the Southern Revolutionary War Institute in York, South Carolina and educators from around the US are joining the AFL team to produce exciting materials for students to learn about this stirring story of true heroism in the fight for American liberty. We will keep you updated...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

CRITIC HUGH HARRINGTON CHECKS IN

At the crack of dawn this morning I saw your notice that AFL was going to Cannes.  My first reaction was GREAT!

My second reaction, 10 seconds later, may be more significant than the first. What almost instantly occurred to me is that my father, accompanied by the American Army, went through Cannes in the summer of 1944. The purpose was to liberate France. How appropriate that the story of Captain Felder, and the thousands of
other freedom loving Americans during our great Revolution, is going to France.

I understand that during WWI when American General John Pershing visited LaFayette's tomb he said, "LaFayette, we are here," in tribute to the Frenchman who aided our Revolution. My father was
interested in American history his whole life - I am certain that when he was in France in 1944 he thought of LaFayette and our liberation of France and the American Revolution.
Well, Captain Felder representing not just American freedom but the model for freedom worldwide, is going to France....to Cannes. I like to think that as Captain Felder shows the flag in France he'll be there for all of us.

Good luck....and let 'em know that Freedom still lives in America. (at least for awhile yet).

Hugh

Monday, April 12, 2010

MAGNIFIQUE! AFL HEADS FOR CANNES!

ALL FOR LIBERTYwill be represented by John McLean Media April 12 -16 at the international film and TV market in Cannes, France. The event, MIPTV Media Market, is one of the world's top entertainment markets providing TV and film producers and distributors a market conference and forum for global trends.
John McLean Media represents independent producers of video content from all over the world to buyers and distributors of broadcast, satellite, cable, video on demand and home video material. The company's growing list of international clients include Artsworld UK, BBC Worldwide, Discovery International, TVB Hong Kong, France 5, Globsat Brazil, Living Channel New Zealand, RAISAT Italy, First HDTV Russia and Voice of America.

"We're excited to add ‘All For Liberty’ to our line-up of feature titles," John McLean said, "The film is well-made and has a lot of potential from an educational as well as an entertainment standpoint. It illustrates what is one of the most important events in U.S. history through the story of a figure many people may not be acquainted with. This could give rise to exciting opportunities in educational video distribution markets as well as television broadcasts."

“We received great response in Beijing as well as Houston and South Carolina,” said Chris Weatherhead, director/co-producer. "I’m happy ‘All For Liberty’ is making its way to this tremendous hub of world distribution. We hear 350 new buyers will be attending this year in France, and we plan to attract attention. John McLean Media has an excellent line-up and we're glad to be a part of it."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

REV WAR BIOPIC INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL

ALL FOR LIBERTY has entered into a distribution agreement with John McLean Media which will rep the film in worldwide broadcast, cable, VOD, DVD rental and educational markets.

John McLean Media represents independent producers of video content from all over the world to buyers and distributors of broadcast, satellite, cable, VOD and home video material. The company's growing list of international clients include Artsworld UK, BBC Worldwide, Discovery International, France 5, Globsat
Brazil, ITV Digital Channels UK, RAISAT Italy, TVB Hong Kong, Living Channel New Zealand, Al Jazeera Children's Channel, Halogen TV, First HDTV Russia,and Voice of America.

"We're excited to add ALL FOR LIBERTY to our line-up of feature titles," John McLean said, "The film is well-made and has a lot of potential from an educational as well as an entertainment standpoint. It illustrates what is one of the most important events in US history through the story of a figure many people may not be acquainted with."  Mr. Mclean added, "This could give rise to some exciting opportunities in educational video distribution markets as well as television broadcasts."

Set in the American Revolution, ALL FOR LIBERTY tells the true story of Henry Felder, a Swiss-German immigrant farmer who led a long, bitter fight against British rule in the Backcountry of South Carolina. Directed by Chris Weatherhead and produced by Ron Mangravite, the film stars Hollywood film and television veteran actor Clarence Felder as his own ancestor. The action feature debuted at the 2009 Beijing International Film Festival and has won multiple top awards from The Accolade Competition in California,Worldfest Houston and other film festivals. (www.allforliberty.com)

Weatherhead is pleased with the collaboration. "It's a great fit." John McLean Media is known for quality programming and distributes exceptional classic films, fabulous feature documentaries and series. ALL FOR LIBERTY is a new film, but tells a timeless story of freedom, sacrifice and heroism. We're looking forward to working with Mr. McLean."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sound Designer Jeff Stern's "Other" Film Wins an Oscar

As we reported here, AFL's brilliant sound designer Jeffrey Stern did yet another great job on THE COVE, a hard hitting documentary that uncovered the secret slaughter of dolphins in a Japanese fishing village .  After winning 46 film awards (and counting), THE COVE was awarded the Academy Award for Best Feature- length Documentary for 2009.  Congratulations to Jeffrey and his COVE mates!  You can check out the project at http://www.thecovemovie.com/

Sunday, March 14, 2010

AFL Screens at History Symposium

ALL FOR LIBERTY is set to screen on Friday evening March 19 at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson Street, York SC.  General admission is $10, $8 for Cultural and Heritage Museum members. There will be a Q & A after the screening and DVD and Book sales and signing. The film's star Clarence Felder will attend, along with filmmaker/costar Chris Weatherhead and several other cast members.

For more information, call  (803) 329-2121 or visit http://www.chmuseums.org/

The screening is the opening event of the 3rd annual symposium sponsored by the Southern Revolutionary War Institute.   Sessions on Saturday include Ferguson’s Invasion of N.C. by Scott Withrow, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse by Josh Howard, African Americans in the N.C. Continental Line by Mike Scoggins and Mapping the Race to the Dan by Bill Anderson.  Cost is $100 for the two-day event and includes admission to the film and a reception Friday evening and catered lunch Saturday. Cost for Saturday only is $75 and includes catered lunch.

The Culture & Heritage Museums is a linked system of cultural institutions in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville (which appear in scenes from ALL FOR LIBERTY), McCelvey Center, Museum of York County, the future museum on the Catawba River and the new children's museum in Old Town Rock Hill.

Friday, February 5, 2010

GEORGE "SMOKEMAN" PEROTTA AND ACTRESS DAUGHTER BRITT MEDLIN

Britt Medlin

From the hundreds of people who worked on ALL FOR LIBERTY, there are a number of families involved…One is AFL Crew member, George Perrotta and his teen daughter, actress, Britt Medlin. Wife and mother Diana Medlin, has been a great supporter from the sidelines.

George began shooting with us because his daughter was in Chris Weatherhead’s professional acting class and was going to be in a scene in All For Liberty. [She plays the loyalist girl, “Sarah Miller” with the character of Governor Rutledge when he is on the run from the British] Soon, George saw how many aspects of the shooting needed help and since he is a multi-talented gentleman, he began to wear many hats, but became most known and loved as “Smokeman”. As indie filmmakers know, getting very natural smoke effects in a period war movie is nothing short of a miracle.
GEORGE [SMOKEMAN] PERROTTA…On being a crew member of ALL FOR LIBERTY:

“Being able to travel around the South Carolina area working at various historical locations on the film " All For Liberty " was a dream come true. It didn't matter if was it hot, cold, wet or dry it was all fun! Best of all, was becoming part of an extended family that included the cast and crew.

These days in LA, any time I'm with Britt and she's on set shooting, I only get to see her when she is on a break. The parent (guardian) is pretty far removed from all the action. Quite different from when I was with you on the crew and my daughter was one of the actors in the scene. On “All For Liberty” I tried to do my jobs behind the camera with the dolly and also creating smoke and not show how proud a dad I was, as I watched my daughter do what she loves. Being there for her close-up was gold!”

GEORGE ON LIVING IN LOS ANGELES…

I've been with BFA, a global communication technology consultant firm here in LA going on three years. The flexibility I have makes taking Britt to auditions ideal. She recently finished another feature film…

BRITT MEDLIN -  “Sarah Miller” in ALL FOR LIBERTY

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ON “ALL FOR LIBERTY”?

“Sarah Miller is a girl in the American revolution who is a Loyalist in the backcountry. I learned alot about being natural in my craft. Chris (the Director) taught me about being a layered actress, not just having one single emotion but to have as many layers as possible. Like peeling back an onion. It was really cool that we got to film somewhere so old and historic. I remember it being really cold, to the point where our fingers were numb. But it was definitely all worth it.”

LA is so completely different from Charleston, but I really do love it. It's a big city, full of tons of great - and some crazy - people.
ON SHOOTING HER CURRENT FEATURE

“SOUTH DAKOTA” by Bruce Isaacson, Produced by Lionheart Movies…

I play Kathy, the best friend of the lead girl who becomes pregnant in high school. My character is a cheerleader in a small town and it was so much fun. I truly realized how badly I wanted to be in the business while filming the movie. I wouldn't have traded that experience for the world.

My goal now in LA is really trying to set standards high for myself. I just signed with a new agency, which is ranked one of the top 10 agencies in LA. I cannot wait for this pilot season, auditioning is a great way to practice my craft and to become more experienced. LA is full of girls who are trying to achieve the same goal and dream that I have. It is all about determination and the luck of the draw.

Britt Medlin as co-star “Kathy” between takes  with star, Piper Ferrone, who plays “Barb”

Friday, December 11, 2009

AFL Picks Up Film Award #8 at Myrtle Beach


The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has announced its 2009 winners, with ALL FOR LIBERTY tapped for Best Film in the Faith Based Category. The four day fest screened an array of US and international productions. Director/Co-star/Co-writer Chris Weatherhead (photo upper right), Executive Producer/Star Clarence Felder (lower right) and Co-star Michael Easler (upper left) were in attendance for the screening and award ceremony.  That's Festival Director Jerry Dalton at lower left.  The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival was named one of the 25 film festivals worth submission fees by Movie Maker Magazine and is rapidly becoming one of the most important film festivals for independent filmmakers in the U.S.

"ALL FOR LIBERTY" was selected as one of fourteen features in the festival and screened on the last day of the festival. Also in attendance were the Felder's daughter, Helen Felder Huggins and grandaughter, Caroline. "It was fabulous to see the movie again on a big screen in the beautiful Carmike theater," said Chris Weatherhead. "Jeffrey Stern's spectacular sound design and Tony De Ritis' haunting orchestral score were well-served by the great sound system they have.  I got pulled into the story all over again even after working on the project for years, it still gets me."

Clarence Felder agreed. "It reminded us again why we sacrificed so much to get this done, he said. “But of course it can't touch the sacrifices that were made by Captain Felder and the other patriots who founded our country."

Michael Easler, who portrays Governor Rutledge said, "Every time I see it I find wonderful new nuances in the story, acting and art direction to enjoy. It was a great opportunity to see it again in a big theater."

The creative team, cast and crew are to be congratulated once again! This is a great Christmas present to our company and inspires us to continue spreading the word on the project by selling on our website and working towards a good distribution deal.

The Myrtle Beach win brings our award total to eight, joining prizes from the Accolade Competition, WorldFest Houston and the Charleston International Film Festival. ALL FOR LIBERTY received its world premiere in China as an official selection at the New Beijing Film Festival's International Movie Week.

Monday, November 30, 2009

AFL Selected for Myrtle Beach Fest

ALL FOR LIBERTY has been named an Official Selection at the 2009 Myrtle Beach International Film Festival. Screening date/time is December 5th, Saturday at noon.

For more information, go to the MBIFF website: http://myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com

Friday, November 6, 2009

AFL featured in history magazine

ALL FOR LIBERTY was recently the subject of a terrific feature article in PATRIOTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION magazine, November issue.

Here is the article link:

http://www.patriotsar.com/current

Monday, November 2, 2009

More Screenings in South Carolina Coming Up!

VERY SPECIAL EVENTS!!

TUESDAY, NOV. 10TH - 7:00 PM
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Fundraiser for the ORANGEBURG FINE ARTS CENTER & the Actors Theate of South Carolina
For tickets and information, call 803. 536-4074

and also...
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH - 7:00 pm

A thrilling VETERAN'S DAY EVENT!

Fundraiser for HISTORIC CAMDEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITE & Actors Theatre of South Carolina

$15 single - $25 couple - includes refreshments - call: 803.432.9841

MEET ACTORS & CREW AFTER SCREENING - GET TIX TODAY!!
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Friday, October 30, 2009

AFL CAST/CREW BUSY WITH NEW PROJECTS

Congratulations to All For Liberty actors, Clarence Felder, Michael Easler, Trevor Erickson, Richard Bryant, Miles Pittman, Tyler Ilgen, Nick Smith and many others! There is a flurry of movies being shot in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, staring, co-starring and featuring actors and crew from AFL...

Our star, Clarence Felder is portraying a vicious comedy super tycoon in "Republic of Pete" a hilarious indie comedy shooting all over Charleston and Folly Beach, South Carolina directed by Jesse Berger. Playing Clarence's henchman lawyer is none other than our own Governor Rutledge, the very versatile Michael Easler. They try to teach some college boys a lesson...two of which are our AFL featured actors, Miles Pittman and Richard Bryant (Richard who played Gus in AFL is also currently on "Army Wives" for Lifetime). Clarence is also cast in the new project of Director/Producer Michael Givens, "Angel Camouflaged", starring rock singer Dilana Robichaux as a disillusioned singer, also shooting in SC.

Meanwhile, Trevor Erickson (see photo above), Nick Smith and a host of other AFL actors have been working on an indie action-thriller, Cold Soldiers (ala Bourne Identity) as highly trained soldiers who are rehabilitated tyo return t active duty. AFLers Micahel Easler, Sandra VanNatta, Bettina Beard and nat Jones play supporting roles in the feature from Claesdestine Films which is slated to enter the film festival circuit very soon.
Next, actors Trevor Erickson, Tyler Ilgen and Nick Smith portray ill-fated crew embers of the famous Confederate submarine, the Hunley, in a National Geographic TV special about the vessel and forensics informationnow gathered from its recent discovery.

And - Richard Almes of Almes Productions, our fabulous second cinematographer, has been very busy shooting for top corporations throughout our state including Boeingand Blackbaud, as well as some special promotional projects for the SC State Commerce Department.

Look for more news on AFL actors and creative team as we get it!

Chris Weatherhead - October 25th, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Audiences Respond to Columbia SC Screenings

Some of the cast dropped by the screenings at the State Museum theatre on September 26 which were presented by the Sandlapper Society. That's Richard Smith (General Sumter) on the left, followed by Bill Dewitt (Tory Lieutenant Eli), filmmaker Chris Weatherhead, Barry Grant (Tory Lieutenant Everett), Mark Hall and Bill Funderburk (Tories) and Rob Gorman (John Felder)

This was the first time ALL FOR LIBERTY screened anywhere in the midlands or backcountry of South Carolina and there was great excitement to see the movie on the big screen.

Responses from survey sheets were very strong. EVERYONE surveyed said they'd highly recommend the movie, joining over 350 other patrons surveyed - the movie seems to be receiving the same response whether it is from the 19 states where we're shipping dvds, or from folks from other countries. Bravo and congratulations to all cast, crew, creative team! And thanks again to our many donors!!

To the question "What did you like best?" here are a few of the answers...

"The story! - the acting - the history - the writing - the authenticity of everything!"
"The subject - Excellent depiction of lost history!"
"Great story, scenery and music-- We must never forget why we are a free country and remain that way!"
"Everything was fantastic! -- Must be grateful to those who made freedom possible
"Great story so well told -- the movie had a great flow!"

And to the question "Any other comments?", here are some responses...

"Keep showing this!!"
"Thank you! - Much needed movie"
"Show this film everywhere!"
"Uplifting message"
"Please keep this going"
"Should be seen by all Americans!"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Audiences Respond at Screenings in Columbia

AFL co-star Michael Easler (Governor Rutledge) sent this report about the screenings this past weekend in Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina. Michael was on hand to meet-and-greet the audience members...

"Wanted to let you know that “All For Liberty” was really well received recently during the two showings at The South Carolina Museum. I sat thru the first showing and people regularly gasped, chuckled, and cheered. Everyone applauded un-prompted at the end.

After the 2nd. showing, one woman came up to me (teary-eyed) and said she was very moved. Many others wanted to know more about Henry Felder – and were amazed he isn’t mentioned in general SC history! Very cool evening."

Monday, September 21, 2009

AFL screens in Columbia SC this Saturday

ALL FOR LIBERTY will screen at the State Museum of South Carolina in Columbia this Saturday, September 26, at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Cast members will be present for audience discussion after each screening. The Sandlapper Society is sponsoring the event. Please call 803.779.8763 for more information.