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 2020, 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 2020, 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/.