What really happened at the Constitutional Convention?
Professor Mary Bilder sheds new light on the historical records.
December 15, 2020, in NEEDHAM, MA and WILMINGTON, NC - David Garrigus Productions remotely filmed an in-depth interview with Constitutional Historian and Boston College Law School Professor Mary Bilder for the upcoming documentary feature film The American Constitution. Her book, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, uncovers how much of the Convention's "authoritative record" was contemporaneous and reliable and what parts are likely to be 18th-century political spin. Her book was awarded the 2016 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, the James C. Bradford Prize for Biography from the Society for Historians of the Early Republic, and was named a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. She is also the author of The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire (Harvard University Press, 2004), awarded the Littleton-Griswold Award from the American Historical Association.
Our interview coup with "The Framers' Coup" author Michael Klarman
November 20-21, 2020, TRENTON, MAINE and WILMINGTON, NC - David Garrigus Productions remotely filmed an in-depth interview with Constitutional Historian and Harvard Law Professor Michael Klarman for the upcoming documentary feature film The American Constitution. The interview took place over two days and resulted in more than four hours of filmed commentary about the Framing. Professor Klarman is one the premiere authorities on the Founding Era and is the author of The Framers' Coup—the first comprehensive account told in a single volume of the entire struggle for the United States Constitution—from inception through ratification.
Professor Klarman is our latest addition to the leading experts who have lent their voices to The American Constitution film with more interviews scheduled in the coming months. Our cast of experts includes constitutional scholars Akhil Reed Amar and Sanford Levinson in addition to leading historians Gordon Wood, Pauline Maier, David O. Stewart, Carol Berkin, Stuart Leibiger, Christopher Collier, Ralph Ketcham, Michael Meyerson, and Jeff Broadwater.
Watch PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION Sneak Peek
November 1, 2020, WILMINGTON, NC - David Garrigus Productions completes Preamble to the Constitution—a new 4-minute short that reveals the magic behind the opening words to the US Constitution. Features constitutional scholars Akhil Reed Amar and Sanford Levinson in addition to leading historians Carol Berkin and Christopher Collier. Contact us to preview the complete short.
Watch Origins of the Electoral College Sneak Peek
October 1, 2020, WILMINGTON, NC - David Garrigus Productions completed the new short film entitled ORIGINS OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. The five-minute film explores why the framers of the Constitution designed this unusual method for electing presidents and takes an unvarnished look at long-term consequences of the Electoral College over the subsequent presidential elections. Features renowned constitutional scholars Sanford Levinson of The University of Texas Law School; Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School; and historian and author Stuart Leibiger of LaSalle University. And dozens of actors appear in the short film portraying framers of the Constitution. For more information contact.
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Filmmaker Begins Production on Historical Documentary The American Constitution
David Garrigus Productions Making Feature-Film Documentary to Address National Security Issue of Civics Illiteracy
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- David Garrigus, the award-winning filmmaker behind the critically-acclaimed Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brother's Journey of Invention—featuring Neil Armstrong and John Glenn as the voices of Orville and Wilbur—has begun filming the historical documentary The American Constitution.
This timely independent film is being developed as a powerful part of the solution to the public’s lack of fundamental understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
“Less than a third of Americans can name the three branches of government. This should be considered a national security issue,” Garrigus, said, adding, “This level of civics illiteracy is an existential threat to our nation and was one of the Founders’ greatest fears when they designed the U.S. system of government.”
“A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” —James Madison, 8/4/1822
The American Constitution will tell the story of the U.S. Constitution's creation—a gripping tale told through the actual words of the founders performed by acclaimed actors, with many of the world’s leading scholars and historians providing compelling commentary. It will capture the drama, conflicts, and desires of Washington, Madison, and Hamilton in their struggle to save their fledgling United States from ruin. The film promises to bring millions to this essential American story.
“Right now, our nation is in turmoil politically. There may be political divides over interpreting parts of the Constitution. But when it comes to the actual creation story of the Constitution, about what happened in Philadelphia in 1787, virtually all historians and constitutional scholars are in agreement regardless of their political affiliation,” Garrigus explained. "This is a film about the Constitution that everyone can agree on."
The American Constitution comes on the heels of Garrigus’ Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brother's Journey of Invention which premiered PBS and internationally during the 100th anniversary of flight. Kitty Hawk has reached nearly 10 million viewers. It won Best Documentary at the International Family Film Festival.
Set to premiere in 2021, The American Constitution production is more than 50% complete but continues to cast actors to portray the dozens of historical figures—Framers of the Constitution and the production is signing partners for the project over the coming year. Interested individuals, corporations, educational institutions, and organizations wishing to participate or learn more can visit the film’s website www.constitu.com.
About The American Constitution
The American Constitution historical documentary and education initiative is an independent entertainment property designed as a powerful part of the solution to the public’s lack of fundamental understanding of U.S. Civics. Set to premier in 2021, the film is currently in production by David Garrigus Productions, winner of Telly Awards, Cindy Awards, and New York Festival’s Gold Medal. For more information visit https://constitutionmovie.com/.