My name is Tony Malanowski and I'd like to tell you about an exciting new project we're working on … one that's designed to help your children learn more about the birth and development of our nation.
This production is the first in a series of historical DVDs which we call "AMERICA: HER PEOPLE, HER STORIES". These DVDs will recreate many important moments in the life of our country, through dramatic re-enactments and epic overviews. Our initial installment tells the tale of the first main engagement of the American Revolution : THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL.
In this production we follow two fathers and two sons as they volunteer to defend the Heights overlooking Boston Harbor in 1775. We portray the story behind the revolution and tell why many brave men and women would risk everything to breathe life into a fledgling nation.Our purpose is to ensure that our unique history is engendered in our young people. You, as parents, know how difficult it can be today to pass on to your children your values, and the values that make America a special country.
We do this by using an innovative combination of dramatic scenes, historical commentaries and full-scale battle recreations...and we bring history alive and present it in such a way as to help your child both remember the facts and appreciate the role that the United States of America plays in the world. We also make learning fun for the whole family.
Our first DVD comes with the 60-minute DocuDrama, telling the story of THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL, along with an overview of the beginnings of the American Revolution. We have a 30-minute Historical Perspective, which gives a detailed glimpse of various high points to the start of our Revolution, as well as what everyday life might have been like in the colonies. There are interviews with some of the cast, a deleted scene, and an informative behind-the-scenes look at the actual making of our production. And in our section entitled "Great Presidential Moments," we present the Farewell Address of our most popular recent president, Ronald Wilson Reagan. We've also included an insert that lists a Timeline of the Causes of the Revolution.
We won't be afraid to take on controversial events, but we're not afraid to be Pro-American either. We believe in American Exceptionalism, and we believe that the United States of America is a great and noble country. Our intention is to allow you to share that uniqueness with your children, so they won't be hesitant to be proud of their heritage and of their culture.
Now, we're a small company...completely self-financed. We're doing this because we believe in the subject matter and the mission. So we're not beholden to anyone, and no one has a say in how we style our content. And because we are also self-distributing, we don't have to "adjust" historical facts to sell to a particular region or school system. I think you know what I mean.
And what would a lesson be without teachers? Ours come with solid historical pedigrees.
Dr. Gregory J.W. Urwin is a Professor of History at Temple University, and a prolific author and lecturer. You're probably familiar with him from his many appearances on the History Channel. He brings particular insight into both the tactics of the British, and the mindset of the Colonists.
Richard Patterson has been a professional historian and Historic Site Manager for over 30 years, and is the Executive Director of the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey. That's the spot where General George Washington attacked the Hessians on the morning following Christmas, after that frigid night when he crossed the Delaware River.
And William Chemerka is a writer and teacher with over 30 years of experience, who won the coveted Outstanding Teacher of American History award in New Jersey. He is also responsible for our screenplay for THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL, as well as serving as our Combat Choreographer and 2nd Unit Director on the Field during filming. And he's another familiar face you'll recognize from The History Channel.
This website allows you to access portions of the final DVD sections, and gives you a solid idea of both our approach and our quality. Professional technicians and production people with many years of experience working for major motion picture studios have contributed to this presentation, and I believe you'll appreciate their efforts.
So I invite you to look over this website, and see if you agree with our innovative approach to learning American History. And tell your friends, other home-schoolers and fellow Americans. Like Paul Revere, you too can help get the word out. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.