TO APPOMATTOX is a meticulously researched, historically precise and dramatically powerful television series that thrives upon the emotional lives of some of America’s most revered notional icons—the Civil War generals, their wives and families—against a backdrop of a war that has never been accurately or fully portrayed on television. Michael Frost Beckner (SPY GAME, CBS’s THE AGENCY) created the series. The dramatic spine of his teleplay is based upon Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs, published by Mark Twain, that became the first “bestseller” in American history.
From West Point—where friends become our future “Band of Generals”—to the burning gates of Mexico City; from the corridors of Lincoln’s War Department and the intimacy of the bedroom; to gore-filled trenches of horrific slaughter; where friendships dissolve into hatred; enemies find grace in forgiveness. Beckner portrays this story of love and loss through the modern lens of intimate characterization, “So that the great divisions that confronted these men and women can provide fresh perspective on the divisions in our nation today”, says Beckner.
This TO APPOMATTOX crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign is designed for community participation to get everyone involved not only through the beginning but throughout the entire production of the project. “This campaign I’m presenting is a totally new, innovative, even subversive way to make television,” says Beckner. The supporters are the series audience, yet in becoming backers, they also become its STUDIO.
“Together we will make television history and, by participating, fans will CREATE the most exciting, emotional, and historically accurate Civil War drama EVER PRODUCED,” says Beckner. With the success of this campaign, TO APPOMATTOX will be the first audience demanded, audience-backed television Miniseries Event event ever.
With this war, thousands of men are thrust together as vast armies bringing with them musical traditions previously separated by regional, immigrant and slave boundaries. The American folk song, sentimental ballad, inspirational anthem and religious spiritual are suddenly shared by every American. And it spread like wildfire, flashing into existence the “music industry” we know and celebrate today. Jay DeMarcus (of Rascal Flatts, the most award-winning Country Music band in history) is composing a beautiful, haunting orchestral score as well as producing 10+ original/exclusive contemporary country songs for the entire miniseries.
This production is honored to have developed a connection between this ultimate American sport with the ultimate American story and is proud to announce an association between select NASCAR™ affiliated drivers and personalities for cameo roles that best exemplify this tradition of patriotism and competition in our production. Driver CARL EDWARDS and Fox TV NASCAR Announcer JEFF HAMMOND will be playing Generals John Gordon and Jubal Early, respectively. The connection between the Civil War and drivers who race NASCAR™ is simple: those values of the Civil War—the patriotism, the spirit of American competition, the regional and national pride that poured forth from and for its heroes—is best exemplified in the American Values and American Spirit embraced today by the NASCAR™ affiliated drivers and their fans and sponsors.
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Message from author J.D. Petruzzi:
“To Appomattox is America’s own personal story. Cast with many of today’s most popular actors and musical talent, the miniseries portrays our Nation’s painful recapture of its soul. I am leading a team of respected historians who have helped to keep the production true to history, while dramatically bringing to life the Civil War’s most well-known participants and common soldiers. It can only happen with yours and your readers’ support! “
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