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From the Writer of SPY GAME & the Director of BAND OF BROTHERS: Episodes 1&2 of a 10-hour Civil War TV Miniseries Event for 2015. Read more

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From the Writer of SPY GAME & the Director of BAND OF BROTHERS: Episodes 1&2 of a 10-hour Civil War TV Miniseries Event for 2015.

About this project


This campaign I'm presenting you is a totally new, innovative, even subversive way to make television. You are the audience but by becoming backers you also become the STUDIO. Together we can make TV history and, by participating, you will CREATE the most exciting, emotional, HISTORICALLY ACCURATE CIVIL WAR DRAMA EVER PRODUCED.

***IN MAKING YOUR PLEDGE TODAY, YOU ARE NOT SPENDING ANY MONEY.  NO MONEY IS HELD ON YOUR CARD, NOR WILL YOU BE CHARGED ANYTHING UNLESS WE REACH OUR GOAL MAY 16TH***

What's It About?

Framed by the four meetings between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee over the course of their lifetimes, TO APPOMATTOX follows Grant's ascent from military disgrace and family destitution, to leading the greatest army ever assembled on this continent. At the same time, it follows Robert E. Lee from being the most admired soldier in America, through his heartbreaking decision to leave the Union with Virginia, to leading the most noble army that was constantly victorious against the odds. Foes on the battlefield, they became partners in the national healing and from the ashes of devastating war created the America we all share today.

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.

I portray 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.

With this campaign, TO APPOMATTOX has the very real chance to become the FIRST EVER audience demanded, audience backed television Miniseries Event. Let the people decide what they want to see! Let the people create what they watch!

What We Have:

  • CREATOR MICHAEL FROST BECKNER – A-List Screenwriter, Television Creator/Executive Producer [SPY GAME, SNIPER, CBS’ THE AGENCY].    
  • DIRECTOR MIKAEL SALOMON – Emmy Award-winning Director; Academy Award-nominated Cinematographer.  [BAND OF BROTHERS;  BACKDRAFT, THE ABYSS].
  • MAJOR TELEVISION and FILM STARRING CAST - [see list below] and yes, they've all said "yes".
  • COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTARS - [see list below] Combined sales of over 100 million albums committed to roles and to creating original songs.

**NEW!! $10 & $20 Add-Ons - Rascal Flatts Exclusive/Signed Photos From Set**

To all you Flatts fans, this is a real special treat. HERE AND ONLY HERE the boys are offering EXCLUSIVE & SIGNED photos of each of them separately, and one group shot of them, on set and in costume.

The individual shots are a $10 dollar add on, while the group shot is at $20. How to? Simply make a pledge--anything from $2 dollars up to $10,000 ;) -- in the "pledge amount" box add to your total an additional $10 dollars for each of the single photos you want; add $20 for the group. Heck, add $50 you'll have all four! Then, in the "comments" section on main page or "send a message" indicate the photo(s) you are requesting.

These photo are exclusive to the Kickstarter Campaign and will only ever be available here and now!

  • HISTORICAL ADVISERS - In order to make this epic drama the most historically accurate telling of the Civil War I have received the support from over a dozen award-winning Civil War historians. These historians have read and vetted the scripts for the historical accuracy of every facet of the production (biographical/personality details of the characters; accuracy of the battles, description, strategy and tactics; and historiography of the clothing, equipment, flags, and scenery). Among them are: Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service Ed Bearss, bestselling and Award-winning historian and novelist Thomas Fleming, Award-winning author Edward Longacre, Director of the U.S. Grant Foundation, Dr. John Marszelak, Award-winning author and the production's historical advisor JD Petruzzi, Founder of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation John Y. Simon (deceased), professor and author Dr. Mark A. Snell, Award-winning Lincoln scholar Ronald C. White, Award-winning author Gordon Rhea.
  • SCRIPT - Completed 10-hours/8-episodes.  Beyond the "buzz" this project has generated over the last five years, the real proof is in the screenplay.  While I can't share the scripts for Episodes 1&2 (we'll be shooting those, so they're one of our Rewards), as my way of thanking you for coming and checking us out, I'm very pleased to share my script for Episode Three, "Shooting Star." Read and enjoy!

[For ease of reading, at the bottom of page click on the second button from the right to switch from two-page view to single-page view.  Next click on the two diagonal arrows to the right of that button to expand the page.]

What We Need:

To raise our budget for the first two episodes.  That's $5 million dollars.  But don't worry, I'm not asking for that here.  The goal I am setting for this campaign is half of that: $2.5 million.

Once we've reached our goal, we will finance the deficit like every other US film and TV project that gets financed independently.

But I know we're going to surpass our goal.  When USA Today reports that 2 in 3 Americans today have an ancestor who lived through the Civil War and 1 in 4 families have an ancestor who served in combat in the Civil War (USA Today, May 2011), I wouldn't be surprised if we raised every cent we need! And with every extra dollar, you'll give me the ability to increase: Our budget. Our quality.  Our creative control.  This is Our Series.

 $10 Add-On Exclusive/Signed Jason O'Mara Photo

In Costume and on set as "Ulysses S. Grant"

To get this $10 dollar add on, pledge anything from $2 dollars up. In the "pledge amount" box add $10 dollars to your total, then in the "comments" section on main page indicate you're requesting Richard's photo and we will do the rest!

Remember: this photo is exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign and will only ever be available here and now!

$10 Add-On Exclusive/Signed Richard Speight Jr. Photo 

In Costume & On Set as "Captain Nathan Wexler."

To get this $10 dollar add on, pledge anything from $2 dollars up.  In the "pledge amount" box add $10 dollars to your total, then in the "comments" section on main page indicate you're requesting Richard's photo and we will do the rest!

Remember: this photo is exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign and will only ever be available here and now!

 **NEW!! $10 Add-On - Laura Bell Bundy Exclusive/Signed Photos From Set**

To get this $10 dollar add on, pledge anything from $2 dollars up. In the "pledge amount" box add $10 dollars to your total, then in the "comments" section on main page indicate you're requesting Laura's photo and we will do the rest!

Remember: this photo is exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign and will only ever be available here and now!

Jason O'Mara - "Ulysses S. Grant" / Helen McCrory - "Julia Grant" / Damian Lewis - "William Sherman"
Jason O'Mara - "Ulysses S. Grant" / Helen McCrory - "Julia Grant" / Damian Lewis - "William Sherman"

TO APPOMATTOX has an amazing cast personally committed to this miniseries (subject to deal and availability).  For over five years, they've stuck by my project through thick and thin, driven by a passion equal to mine: for them, the drama of the American Civil War is THE AMERICAN STORY.  Beyond the epic entertainment we create, there is social importance for young and old TODAY in bringing this story to life.

D.B. Sweeney - "Longstreet" / Paige Turco - "Sallie Corbell Pickett" / Noah Wyle - "Pickett"
D.B. Sweeney - "Longstreet" / Paige Turco - "Sallie Corbell Pickett" / Noah Wyle - "Pickett"
Neal McDonough - "Hooker" / Laura Bell Bundy - "Abby Dunlap" / Walton Goggins - "Ewell"
Neal McDonough - "Hooker" / Laura Bell Bundy - "Abby Dunlap" / Walton Goggins - "Ewell"
Stephen Lang - "John Brown" / Dwight Yoakam "Meade" / Kim Delaney - "Ellen McClellan"
Stephen Lang - "John Brown" / Dwight Yoakam "Meade" / Kim Delaney - "Ellen McClellan"
Jonathon Schaech - "Buckner" / Trace Adkins - "Gregg" / Richard Speight Jr. - "Wexler"
Jonathon Schaech - "Buckner" / Trace Adkins - "Gregg" / Richard Speight Jr. - "Wexler"
Jay DeMarcus - "Jessie Dunlap" / Nick Searcy - "J. Johnston" / Kevin Farley - "Halleck"
Jay DeMarcus - "Jessie Dunlap" / Nick Searcy - "J. Johnston" / Kevin Farley - "Halleck"
Powers Boothe - "A.S. Johnston" / John Scurti - "Burnside" / Patrick Gorman - "Charles Smith"
Powers Boothe - "A.S. Johnston" / John Scurti - "Burnside" / Patrick Gorman - "Charles Smith"
Matthew Rogers - "Rufus Ingalls" / Carl Edwards - "John Gordon" / Jeff Hammond - "Jubal Early"
Matthew Rogers - "Rufus Ingalls" / Carl Edwards - "John Gordon" / Jeff Hammond - "Jubal Early"
Gary Levox - "Combs" / Kix Brooks - "Scott" / Joe Don Rooney - "Goree" / William Zabka - "Rawlins"
Gary Levox - "Combs" / Kix Brooks - "Scott" / Joe Don Rooney - "Goree" / William Zabka - "Rawlins"
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American popular music is born during the Civil War.     

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.

Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts
For this Episode 1&2 we are kicking off here we will include four original songs in the film.
Trace Adkins - John Gregg / Dwight Yoakam - George Meade / Kix Brooks - Winfield Scott Hancock
Trace Adkins - John Gregg / Dwight Yoakam - George Meade / Kix Brooks - Winfield Scott Hancock
The budget for all ten hours of TO APPOMATTOX is $24 million dollars.  We could achieve a certain economy of scale by shooting all episodes back-to-back, but don't worry, we're not trying for that here!
At a minimum, this Kickstarter Campaign will finance a feature length film comprised of the first two hours of the written series.  The budget for this 90-120 minute long film will be $5 million dollars.  The remaining deficit will be financed from local state tax credits as well as from pre-sales of foreign and US distribution rights.

We also have a letter of intent from a third-party financier who is offering to match your KS investment, dollar for dollar.

HOWEVER, the exciting thing is that the less of this third-party investment money I have to take now and the less I have to pre-sell this show, the more creative control my director, cast, production team, AND ALL OF YOU--my "Studio"-- end up having.  So, let's raise as much as we can! Who knows? We may just fund the whole series!    

Once completed, this feature-length film will either be "picked up" and released as an independent feature or a network will come on board to license the first two episodes as a back-door pilot and, if successful, commission all remaining 8 episodes.

This now rests upon your support.  Your support will see this made.  Thank you, every one of you, for making this possible.

Risks and challenges

Producing any film or television show comes with its own set of unique challenges and risks as it moves into and through production. While most can be covered with insurance, contingency plans, and being fully bonded (meaning the film's completion is insured), our Kickstarter backers should be aware that changes are made up until, during, and even after a film has been shot.

The production team in place has decades of mainstream TV/Hollywood AND Independent film-making experience. We have a team with Academy Award Nominations, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG and BAFTA, Grammys and every other music awards. So, sure, we have all worked in luxurious situations...BUT ALSO we've worked with low budgets, independent from the Hollywood Studios. With this team no matter what gets thrown at us we WILL get this done.

As stated above we are blessed with an amazing cast who have personally committed to me their desire to be part of this project. While the cast who appear on this page have previously confirmed with me their commitment to this project, not all are taking an active role in this Kickstarter campaign. As their deals have yet to be made, and by the very nature of this business, we may require recasting in some roles once the shooting schedule is confirmed.

I intend to begin production in July 2014 with the final cut ready for broadcast sale or independent feature sale as early January 2015.

In the end, though, it is possible that some actors won’t be available during our shooting window. If this becomes the case, all backers will know about it IMMEDIATELY (due to the Insider Production Blog every backer receives), what our options are, and the candidates for the role until a replacement is locked.

The second biggest challenge will be distribution. Since the beginning, the road "TO APPOMATTOX" has been mired by distribution obstacles; the road to this Kickstarter has been precisely laid out to make distribution a reality.

So what are we doing about it? As mentioned above on this page and discussed, analyzed, debated in our Facebook community, I think the core "insider" belief we all share is that once the networks (Premium Cable, Basic Cable and Broadcast) see our finished project and THE MASSIVE FORCE BACKING IT they will all be in play.

However, if we do not get network distribution, THROUGH THE SUCCESS OF THIS CAMPAIGN we will have a Feature Length film. In that case we will switch gears and sell TO APPOMATTOX as an independent feature to be released theatrically across the nation, then rolled out as PPV, internet download, and home video (DVD/Blu-Ray)...and finally, television.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REWARDS:

• With regard to Rewards Fulfillment, we will be working with a professional fulfillment partner to get you "Haversack," DVD, T-shirts, downloads, tickets to screenings, and all the rest of your rewards that made this film possible to guarantee that they are delivered safely and on schedule.

• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting July/August 2014 in New Mexico then Virginia. However, this has the potential to change as we look for the most financially beneficial states. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• Travel and lodging cannot be provided by production.

• On-set meals will be provided by the production through our catering. They will be delicious and are certainly on us. And we’ll make every effort to dine with you as well!

• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.

• Any set visit will require an insurance release to be signed.

• Any reward that involves the recipient being “on set” will require that the recipient be older than 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For those awards that have a "and a guest" (plus one) already incorporated, then the adult parent/guardian must be your guest. However, if there is not a "guest" built into the reward, then the adult parent/guardian must purchase that same level of reward.

• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.

• The final cut of the film will be at the producers' discretion.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, applicable guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

• All international rewards will require a $10 dollar shipping fee.

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    37 backers

    "To Appomattox" Insider Production Blog

    Pull up a chair and be a part of "To Appomattox" in real time with our online Insider Production Blog. From Pre-Production all the way to Release. I'll be updating you daily/weekly with reports, call sheets, answering messages & posting videos from the cast and crew and producers. You also will have my everlasting gratitude for helping make TO APPOMATTOX a reality.

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    $10 reward

    51 backers

    "To Appomattox: Grant and Lee - Episode One" Script

    I'll email you a PDF of the Final Shooting Script the day we begin principle photography. You'll also receive (in May) access to our Insider Production Blog, this will be a great guide to what we're talking about and draw you into the creative conversation.

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    $25 reward

    56 backers

    Exclusive "To Appomattox" T-Shirt!

    Show your support wherever you go with a an exclusive "To Appomattox" Kickstarter T-shirt. Included with the T-Shirt is the Script PDF, and access to the Insider Production Blog.

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    $40 reward

    27 backers

    Digital Download of Final Cut

    At this Reward level you will receive a digital download of the film within a few days of the "To Appomattox" release. You will also receive: the Insider Production Blog, Script PDF and the T-Shirt.

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    $50 reward

    23 backers

    The Music Lover's Reward

    Jay DeMarcus's Soundtrack will be delivered as a streaming download and will include Jay his first orchestral film score along with Jay's select group of contemporary County Artists performing full versions of the music that will appear on screen. With this reward you will also receive the Insider Production Blog, Script PDF, T-Shirt and Digital Download of "To Appomattox."

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    $75 reward

    28 backers

    Exclusive Insider Only DVD

    The Exclusive DVD of the finished film which will include an "Insider Only" Behind the scenes/"Making Of" Documentary with Blooper/Outtakes. Along with your DVD package you'll receive the Insider Production Blog, Script PDF, T-Shirt and Digital Download of "To Appomattox."

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    78 backers

    "To Appomattox" Official Haversack (CONTAINS EVERYTHING!)

    Grant wrote in his Memoir: "In addition to the supplies transported by boat, the men were to carry forty rounds of ammunition in their cartridge-boxes and four days' rations in haversacks." The ammunition and rations we're including in our Canvas Tote "Haversack" is the DVD which will includes the "Kickstarter Insider Only" Behind the Scenes/Making Of Documentary with Blooper/Outtakes, PLUS the Jay DeMarcus Film Score, Digital Download of "To Appomattox," T-Shirt, Script PDF and the Insider Production Blog.

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    $150 reward

    19 backers Limited (1181 left of 1200)

    Director's Cut/Backer Screening & Q&A/Notes Session - LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS, ATLANTA, RICHMOND, CHARLESTON -
    Special Guest(s) from our cast will also attend.

    This is the point in the filmmaking process where the Director and I would get Studio notes. Instead: YOU are the Studio. What would you change? What works, doesn't work? Is there a historical accuracy mistake we can fix or remove? We welcome you to offer ideas, give notes, and suggest changes which we will take seriously. We have 150 seats available for each of these venues so make sure to get in early on this and reserve your place!
    You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: When you pledge at this level you must specify which screening/city you have pledged for. You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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    $150 reward

    5 backers Limited (70 left of 75)

    Numbered TO APPOMATTOX/Civil War-Themed Fine Art Print

    Reknowned artist Bruce Lawes will be on set to paint a painting incorporating our cast/production into this historical-themed work of art. From this he will create a series of numbered prints we are offering in this award. Also included is the "Official Haversack" and all that contains.

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    $175 reward

    18 backers Limited (1982 left of 2000)

    OUR ONLY CAST AUTOGRAPHED ITEM! The Signed Movie Poster

    The official "One Sheet" we'll be using in all lobby publicity, but YOURS will be signed by me, Director Mikael Salomon and AT LEAST FIVE of the stars of the series. Suitable for framing. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    10 backers Limited (490 left of 500)

    Director's Cut/Backer Screening & Q&A/Notes Session - GETTYSBURG
    Special Guest(s) from our cast will also attend.

    This is the point in the filmmaking process where the Director and I would get Studio notes. Instead: YOU are the Studio. You have funded our film and we feel a great responsibility toward you for this--you've read the shooting script, followed production on the blog, and now you see the results. What would you change? What works, doesn't work? Is there a historical accuracy mistake we can fix or remove? We welcome you to offer ideas, give notes, and suggest changes which we will take seriously.
    You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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  • You selected
    $275 reward

    4 backers Limited (296 left of 300)

    Director's Cut/Backer Screening & Q&A/Notes Session - NASHVILLE
    This is our Special COUNTRY MUSIC SOUNDTRACK Screening with RASCAL FLATTS, TRACE ADKINS, LAURA BELL BUNDY plus additional Guest(s) from our cast will also attend.

    This is the point in the filmmaking process where the Director and I would get Studio notes. Instead: YOU are the Studio. You have funded our film and we feel a great responsibility toward you for this--you've read the shooting script, followed production on the blog, and now you see the results. What would you change? What works, doesn't work? Is there a historical accuracy mistake we can fix or remove? We welcome you to offer ideas, give notes, and suggest changes which we will take seriously. Additionally, we will have our film's composer Jay DeMarcus along with Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox of their band Rascal Flatts
    You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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  • You selected
    $300 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Signed & Numbered TO APPOMATTOX/Civil War-Themed Fine Art Print

    Reknowned artist Bruce Lawes will be on set to paint a painting incorporating our cast/production into this historical-themed work of art. From this he will create a series of numbered prints we are offering in this award. The 25 prints in at this reward level will be signed by the artist. Also included is the "Official Haversack" and all that contains.

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  • You selected
    $350 reward

    1 backer

    Watch Production in Real-time Production Webcams

    Can't travel to the production? No problem, I'll bring it to you! At this level there will be three uninterrupted live feeds: the Production Office, the Trailer lot/Sound stage Exterior, and Backstage of our Live Set/Location. Perfect for a film student, filmmaker, or anyone who wants to see a production from the ground up! You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    $500 reward

    2 backers Limited (498 left of 500)

    Bound Signed Copy of the Entire Miniseries

    This is a high-quality, paper-bound edition of my original screenplays for the 8 Episodes which make up the 10 hours of this series. In addition I include the "lost script"--an episode entilted "Foot Cavalry" focused entirely on Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. These will be signed by me with exclusive cover art “Antietam Icon” courtesy of Tony Mendez / Pleasant Valley Studios. For those who recognize the name--"yes" this is my good friend Tony Mendez on whom the movie "ARGO" is based. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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  • You selected
    $600 reward

    2 backers Limited (248 left of 250)

    MEET AND GREET RECEPTION FOR TWO at Director's Cut/Backer Screening and Q&A/Notes Session - LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS, NASHVILLE, ATLANTA, RICHMOND CHARLESTON, GETTYSBURG

    This reward is for you and a date to spend some time with me, Director Mikael Salomon and SPECIAL GUEST FROM OUR CAST at one of these exclusive screenings, in the hour prior to the screening, in the city of your choice (as listed above). There will be catered hors d'oeuvres. Also included are two tickets to the Notes/Q&A screening (described above at the $100 dollar tier). We have 25 pairs of tickets for each of these venues so make sure to get in early on this and reserve your place! You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: When you pledge at this level you must specify which screening/city you have pledged for. You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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  • You selected
    $750 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Spend a Day on Location - VIP Tour of "To Appomattox" Set

    I'll personally give you a VIP tour of our live set. See the process, have lunch with cast and crew. We'll talk TO APPOMATTOX, filmmaking, Civil War history, "SPY GAME," my other shows and films, the stars, directors, producers and other talent I've worked with or anything else you'd like. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    8 backers Limited (292 left of 300)

    Be "On the List" at our Hollywood or our New York City Premiere and Post-Premiere Party FOR TWO

    This is the big event where the lights flash and our Stars walk the Red Carpet! You and your guest will watch the film with them and attend the private post-premiere party. We have 150 pairs of tickets for each of these two venues, so make sure to get in early on this and reserve your place! You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: When you pledge at this level you must specify which screening/city you have pledged for. Each premiere/location can only accommodate 150 you are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodations.]

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  • You selected
    $1,200 reward

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    Your First Credit! Be a Production Assistant on Set for a Day

    Most "behind the camera" people start their film industry career as a PA. You will work on set for an entire day with crew, have lunch with cast and crew and receive credit on the film as a Production Assistant. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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    $1,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Be a part of our CGI TEAM! Credited Visual Effects Consultant

    Let's make the assault on the works at Ft. Donelson...YOURS!
    At this level, along with the Haversack you will exclusively receive Screenshots and Animation--a true and exclusive window into the CGI process--BEFORE SCENES ARE LOCKED. What that means to you is REALISM. You will receive a group/alphabetical credit on the film. Don't let our guys go astray. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    $1,600 reward

    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    Be an Extra!

    Spend a day as an extra on set. You'll see the whole process up close, meet the actors working that day, eat with the cast and crew, and leave with the satisfaction that you were actually part of the on-camera process. I can't guarantee you show up in the final cut, but I will try my best. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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    $1,800 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Credited Wardrobe Recognition - Sponsor your favorite Star's Costume

    Remember Giorgio Armani's special wardrobe credit on THE UNTOUCHABLES or "Gowns by Edith Head" special credit on so many best loved-movies where clothing seemed to play their own role in the film? With TO APPOMATTOX, the wardrobe for our stars will need to be as authentic and detailed as possible. This will be one of the most proportionately expensive lines in our budget. Join the Cause and contribute to your favorite star or character's wardrobe and you will receive a "Wardrobe Made Possible By" alphabetically listed credit on the film. In addition you will receive a signed 8-1/2 x 11 fine art print reproduction by our esteemed concept artist Mark Maritato of that uniform or costume. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    $2,400 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Be An Extra For TWO!

    Spend the day on our set with a friend as background actors. Even though you'll be on a glamorous (low-budget) Hollywood film set, Mikael will direct you to act as if you are just going about your daily 19th century routine. You will meet the actors working that day and have lunch with the cast and crew. I can't guarantee you show up in the final cut, but I will try my best. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

    [NOTE: You are responsible for all of your own travel and accommodation.]

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    Generals Grant and Lee's Military Frock Coats as worn in the production with Signed Certificate of Authenticity

    This is your chance to own the coat worn in production by either by Jason O'Mara as "GRANT" or our actor cast as "LEE." These coats will come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the production and Jason O'Mara or our Lee. As these are all single items they are available on a "first come, first served" basis, so please specify whose coat you'd like and get your pledge in quick! You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Poster-size, Artist-signed & Cast Autographed TO APPOMATTOX/Civil War-Themed Fine Art Print

    Reknowned artist Bruce Lawes will be on set to paint a painting incorporating our cast/production into this historical-themed work of art. From this he will create a poster-sized print signed by Bruce and autographed by the cast, director and myself. Also included is the "Official Haversack" and all that contains.

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    Be a Flag Bearer in the Battle of Fort Donelson or Mexican War

    Don't drop the Colors! So revered was this responsibility in battle that the first Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded to Cpl. Twombly, who bravely planted the colors of the Confederate works at the Battle of Ft. Donelson after following the deaths of five of his predecessors. You'll be a standard bearer at the bloody battle of Fort Donelson (and might get a death scene). Final cut can't be guaranteed, but we'll do our best to try and make it happen. Due to the fact that this film will be as historically accurate as possible, the person taking on this role must appear to be of military age (approx 16-50), and generally height/weight proportionate. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    On Screen Experience: Credited Staff Officers

    These are non-speaking roles that can last from 1 to 4 days. You'll be featured side by side with our actors portraying the Civil War's most famous generals. The person fulfilling this role must appear to be of military age (approx 16-50). You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Be Written Into the Film!

    On consultation, I will create a character just for you with one line of dialogue. This is a SPEAKING ROLE and YOU WILL BE CREDITED. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Think You Have an Eye for Talent? Cast A Role!

    I'm so thrilled to offer this!! We will be casting in Los Angeles the roles of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, WINFIELD SCOTT, JAMES MCPHERSON, AUNTIE ROBINSON (Julia Grant's personal "servant"), STONEWALL JACKSON, ELY PARKER, JEFFERSON DAVIS. For each of these roles I will allow two "casting associates" in every audition and let them contribute to the casting decision that the Director and Executive Producers make. These are "first come first served" and will require up to two days participation. Casting days are usually long days...so at least one meal will be provided (and snacks). You will receive a "Special Casting Associate" credit on the final print as well as the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Recording Studio Visit with Trace Adkins

    We're blessed to have Country Music Superstar Trace Adkins who, along with appearing in the series as Confederate General John Gregg will be recording an original song for this production. Here's a chance for one Superfan plus guest (or two Superfans) to join Trace, Jay DeMarcus and me in the recording studio as Trace lays his track. Catered lunch will be included. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Recording Studio Visit with Rascal Flatts

    We're blessed to have Country Music Superstars Rascal Flatts who, along with appearing in the series, will be recording an original song for this production. Here's a chance for one Superfan plus guest (or two Superfans) to join Rascal Flatts and me in the recording studio as they lay their track. Catered lunch will be included. You will also the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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    Credited Associate Producer Plus Red Carpet Hollywood Premiere and Post-Premiere Party (for Two)

    The ultimate way you can support this endeavor and the best way we can reward you. You'll RECEIVE CREDIT AS AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. That's right: you will be a professionally credited Hollywood producer on the film forever and on IMDB! Additionally, you & your GUEST will be ON THE RED CARPET at our Los Angeles Premiere, receive reserved seating, and attend the private post-premiere party. Plus you will get a VIP Tour Day on set during production AND a "Director's Chair Chair-Back" with the production name, your credit and your name. You will also receive the "Official Haversack" and all that contains!

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Funding period

- (30 days)