F.S. Key & the Song that Built America
F.S. Key & the Song that Built America
The story of man behind the Star-Spangled Banner written 200 years ago in 1814 through it finally becoming our anthem in 1931.
The story of man behind the Star-Spangled Banner written 200 years ago in 1814 through it finally becoming our anthem in 1931. Read more
About this project
You can hear that song and see our flag flying every day all over the country but what do you really know about it or why it was written?
Thanks for checking out our project! We've spent over two years researching and developing this film. Francis Scott Key is the most well known yet un-known guy you will ever meet. In 1812 he was an upcoming constitutional lawyer and amateur poet who suddenly became one of the most famous people in America. This is a story that truly must be told, as it is the period in our history that led directly, good or bad, to who we are today. We plan to take the extensive research and development work that we’ve accomplished and create a documentary in time for the anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner celebration next year.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The funding of this campaign is essential to insure a documentary film about Mr. Key and the Anthem ready for broadcast on Public Television by September 2014.
This Kickstarter battle is lost but you can still support the project directly through Maryland Public Television. Information about the everything can be found on the websites here.
our website (www.FSKUSA.org),
our twitter page (http://www.twitter.com/fskey),
our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FSKmpt),
Philip J Marshall
We are so grateful for all your support and encouragement and have come up with a series of great rewards to show our sincere thanks! Below is a visual breakdown of the descriptions to the right, followed by a more detailed description of the film.
The original period drawing and Key's handwritten document are at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. These items will be shot and used in the film, we thought we'd share copies of the originals with you in this way as a keepsake.
Yemi Fagbohun Original Collectible Commemorative Gift Rewards
Yemi will be doing artwork and other graphics for the project. He's excited to be able to create some original works especially for you. Yemi lives in Frederick, MD which is Francis Scott Key's Birthplace!
Below are Yemi's artists conception of the original Keepsakes he is creating for the FSKey project. Each item will be made by hand and only in the quantity pledged.
Philip J Marshall - Producer-Director -- Mr. Marshall is the executive producer for national productions for Maryland Public Television (MPT) and an active Directors Guild of America (DGA) member-director, will direct FSK. His recent experience and expertise in historical documentaries and his earlier career in live-action dramatic films, garnered him a short subject Oscar® award and multiple Emmys®, including one most recently for the “Music of Ireland” documentary series.
Starting his career in public broadcasting at WNET in New York, Mr. Marshall utilized his technical mastery and created new and cost effective ways to produce and edit high definition television in it’s infancy. His projects at WNET included “NYTV: By the People Who Made It” which garnered 9 Emmy® nominations and 4 wins.
Mr. Marshall began his career at Phoenix/BFA Films, Inc. producing & directing over 20 live action dramatic short film adaptations of popular children’s books. He developed and was executive in charge of production on a film based on the book “Molly’s Pilgrim” which won an Oscar® for best short subject in 1981 for which he is un-credited.
More information about Mr. Marshall through these links:
William Kruzykowski - Film Editor and Post Production Visual EFX Manager -- For more than 20 years, William Kruzykowski has employed his editorial visual effects skills to create documentaries, feature films, and television programs. In addition to collaborating with Mr. Marshall on several of his projects, he has worked with such notable directors as Cameron Crow, Warren Beatty, Elaine May, David Mamet, Paul Newman, and Woody Allen, with whom he has worked on 10 films.
More information about Mr. Kruzykowski through this link:
Risks and challenges
If documentary filmmaking weren’t a risky business, more people would be doing it! This is an all or nothing approach on Kickstarter. If we don’t make our minimum goal we can’t do the film at all -- it’s that simple. Public television demands a certain level of quality and our audience expects and enjoys it. So this really is up to people like you. But with your support as a catalyst, the possibility for an even more extraordinary film can be made. Help me!
Don’t let this project wither away along with the many real truths about our history that we as a nation need to revisit. If you care about your country and care about truth, help me tell this story. Give as much as you can and pass this link on to all of your friends. Won't you please help us get this story told by our National Anthem’s 200th anniversary?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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