About this project
Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter campaign! This summer we set out to create a first-of-its-kind, historical documentary about the untold story of Northeast Philadelphia's impact on America and the historical significance of this region. As Award-winning and Academy Award Nominated filmmakers and production experts, we quickly found out that we uncovered something magical: the historians and preservationists that are fighting to keep our beautiful city intact.
There is a tremendous amount of unknown history going back to the 1600s here in Northeast Philadelphia. There have been documentaries made about Olde City Philadelphia focusing on places like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other famous landmarks. But billions of people have traversed the King's Highway (Frankford Avenue), and its story still hasn't been told. The combination of beautiful imagery, expert interviews and in depth aerial and ground coverage will open up a deep, emotional connection that inspires us, and can turn us into civic minded historians.
Our film will explore the history of Northeast Philadelphia along the King's Highway which is where our forefathers such as Ben Franklin and George Washington would spend their days and nights. In the 1600s, the King's Highway was built to go from Boston to Charleston. Therefore the areas the film focuses on run along the King's Highway from Boston to New York to Bucks County PA to Philadelphia, through New Jersey all the way down to Delaware and eventually reaching Yorktown and Charleston.
As we walk you down the King's Highway, we will tell your stories about the buildings, churches, industrial sections, homes, schools, creeks, parks, artifacts, photos, books, clothing, and so much more. Our historians have dedicated their lives to preserving this area, so now it's time for them to share their knowledge with you.
Our film will explain the importance of the King's Highway, each borough along the way, and how our forefathers and ancestors traversed this road each day. Imagine being able to see William Penn, the American Indians, George Washington, General Lafayette, Benjamin Franklin, and countless others spend nights in a local tavern, or delegate who would write the Declaration of Independence, build the foundation to Philadelphia, march through here to win the Revolutionary war, and so many more historically significant events.
Never before has a documentary told the story of Northeast Philadelphia in this much detail. Aside from the books available and coverage of Olde City, historians' stories are too often ignored or simply forgotten. We’ve uncovered part of Northeast Philadelphia's history, and are well on our way to crafting what we believe will be the definitive film on the subject. We need your support to finish THE KING'S HIGHWAY, and simply put, this film cannot be made without you. These are some of the areas we will be covering in the film:
Bobby Henon – Councilman for Philadelphia's 6th Council District in Northeast Philadelphia
Robert Penn – Historian and descendant of the William Penn family
Thomas Dayton – Historian and descendant to William Penn’s interpreter Lasse Cock
Anthony Waskie Ph.D. – VP of the GAR Museum and Library. Temple University Professor
Matthew Smalarz Ph.D. – Historian and Professor at Manor College
Fred Moore – Historian, Preservationist, and Member of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network
Joseph Menkevich – Historian and Preservationist
Debbie Klak – Historian and member of the Historical Society of Frankford
Mike "Scoats" Scotese – Historian and Community Leader
Louis Iatarola Jr. – Historian and President of the Tacony Civic Association
Rev. John Norwood –Lenape Indian Tribal Councilman and Judge
Jack McCarthy – Historian and Author
Hugh Boyle – President of the GAR Museum and Library. Historian.
Kenneth W. Milano – Historian and Author
Alex Balloon – Preservationist, Manager of the Tacony CDC
Oscar Beisert – Historian, Preservationist
Diane Sadler – Historian and member of the Historical Society of Frankford
John Buffington – Historian and member of the Historical Society of Frankford
Patricia Coyne – Historian and Representative for the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
Larissa Klevan - Senior Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Roland Williams – Historian and Pennypack Park Trail Master
Charlie McCloskey - Historian, Author & member of Tacony Historic Society
Alice Dignam – Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in Holmesburg
Patty McCarthy – Historian
Many more to come with your support!!
Our production team has worked on films that have been nominated for Academy Awards. Furthermore we have worked with multiple television networks and we even won the Audience Choice award at a film festival in 2011. We are Delphia Entertainment and are composed of six people:
Jason Sherman is a Historic Holmesburg resident and his family has been here in Northeast Philadelphia for well over 100 years. He has written various screenplays and has been working in the film industry for over 10 years. He wrote, produced and directed the award winning Bucks County Massacre as well as short films, web series, music videos and a lot of commercial work. He has interviewed over 100 celebrities during the past 5 years so he has a knack for story-telling. He brings his creative vision from paper to the screen effortlessly and is putting every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into the King's Highway. You can email him here: Jason@KingsHighwayFilm.com
Gerard Brigante Soc Gtc has worked on the sets of many movies and TV series over the past 30 years such as MTV, CBS, NBC. A member of the ICG: International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), Gerard is a perfectionist and the definition of a video professional. He is an asset to our company and we are proud to have him be a part of the King's Highway! You can email him here: Gerard@KingsHighwayFilm.com
Jennifer Laumeister is a project manager for Comcast / Xfinity and graduated from Temple University with a degree in History with a focus on American studies. She is a big part of our production team and helps with coordinating events, interviews, shoot dates and more. We are glad to have a history buff on our team to help us get the stories right. You can email her here: Jenn@KingsHighwayFilm.com
Daniel Torres is a member of our production team who is helping us get the community involved on the streets. Dan worked as a production manager for the award winning Bucks County Massacre and the Miami Heat. He knows how to reach the public and has worked on film sets for the better part of 10 years. Everything from video, audio, cabling, editing, and more, Dan knows how to get the job done. You can email him here: Dan@KingsHighwayFilm.com
And our last member who chose to help us anonymously and behind the scenes has worked on several Academy Award Nominated films over the past 30 years and has a tremendous amount of knowledge in the film industry to help get us connections and distribution deals down the road. He has worked for Columbia pictures, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Miramax, and Dimension Films.
Together our team has been a part of the film industry for over 30 years. We have won awards, been nominated for awards, worked on TV sets, movie sets, interviewed celebrities, and are the right team for this documentary You can email us directly at Info@KingsHighwayFilm.com — and we will respond as soon as possible!
Lastly, this film is only the beginning. We plan on pitching a 12 part series of the history of the King's Highway to TV networks and have already begun preliminary discussions. Your donations will help us reach our future goals. We also plan to submit this film to film festivals, and the costs associated with submissions can cost a ton, so we need your support. Even if we reach our goal, we need so much more than that. We've already spent close to the goal in our production and truly need five to ten times the total amount to make an impact in the awareness of Northeast Philadelphia's history. Some of the things we want to do in the future with your support is:
- Help with the costs associated with historic nominations
- Donate funds to the installations of historic markers ($2,500 a piece)
- Help preserve historic buildings
- Help clean up parks and creeks in the area
- Financially help with the restoration of historic buildings and structures
There is so much more we can do. With each donation, once our production costs are covered, we will do as much as possible to help our thriving historic neighborhoods. Thank you so much for your support!
If you'd like to see our extended trailer feel free to watch it right here:
Risks and challenges
Simply put, we cannot make this film happen without your contribution. Our crew is passionate about making the best film that can be made, and it's crucial that we stay afloat as costs stack up. Just as George Washington defeated the British with an entire army, we need your support too!
We want the world to hear the stories from our historians while they take you down the King's Highway. That's why we started shooting interviews and outdoor footage this summer, and that's why we need your help. This project is unique in that anyone who gives as little as $15 will have a permanent place in the film's credits and history. We know we need your help, and we want to thank you as best as we can to help make this dream come true.
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