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The American Film Company Wants To Put The Spotlight On History, Truth, & Accuracy
A great new production company wants to make films about moments in history. But more importantly, The American Film Company wants to emphasis truth and accuracy. That noble ambition has been realized in The Conspirator, the debut film from The American Film Company, which is directed by Robert Redford.
It is an unknown story about a military tribunal in the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, focusing on the trial of Mary Surratt, who ran the boarding house where John Wilkes Booth met and conspired to kill the president. It is more than a courtroom drama. The story reflects how justice takes a backseat when there's a push for a political agenda. It's a very contemporary theme against the political backdrop of post-Civil War Washington.
Producer Brian Falk with The American Film Company said he sent the original screenplay (by James D. Solomon) to Redford, who questioned if the story was true. He was amazed that such a fascinating piece of history had been overlooked all these years. Falk said, "This is one of those stories that everybody thinks they know, but it really is a story that nobody knows. Everybody understands that Lincoln was killed by an actor named John Wilkes Booth. What they don't know is that it's part of this much larger, more complex conspiracy."
In order to get the accuracy for Washington D.C. in 1865, the production shot in Savannah, Georgia. Falk said, "We went up and down the east coast in 2009 looking for locations, and found that Savannah had all the atmosphere and architecturet to recreate that moment in history. The big tax break in Georgia was a tremendous help. So were the people from Savannah who embraced the film."
The Conspirator is a great film to launch The American Film Company, which Falk said is dedicated to "producing entertaining and historically accurate films. That's a bit of a tall order, but we're proud of our efforts."
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