Today we honor the men and women who have served this country in the armed forces. As most Americans do during Veteran’s Day, we try to honor the soldiers past and present by attending parades, visiting historic sites, or just keeping those in our thoughts and prayers throughout the day.
But if you are a filmmaker or musician, you may put your talents to use in a unique way.
Paul Moshe Mones of 26 Entertainment is a Film Producer, Writer, and Director with Hollywood credits dating back to 1979. When he teamed with his producing partner Darren Schwartz they optioned the SMALL MIRACLES book series, a best-selling series of 8 books with nearly 400 inspiring true stories.
Before they went into production of the first block of episodes, Mones reached out to his good friend and longtime Music Producer Jerry Marotta. Since 1975 Jerry has performed with such legendary acts as Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, and Paul McCartney. He and Mones have been friends for years. They are both based out of the creative community of Woodstock, NY.
Mones chose a unique and impactful story to tell: the story of Capt. Robert Ellicombe in 1862 during the American Civil War…..and he needed Jerry Marotta’s musical expertise to help guide the story along. Jerry then called on a musician friend of his also from the Woodstock, NY area: John Sebastian.
Sebastian’s music-for-television career dates back to 1976 with his Number one single “Welcome Back”, the theme song for “Welcome Back Kotter”. Another addition to the musical collaboration in this episode was John Charles Thomas, a member of the Grammy Award-winning Chestnut Brass Company, which performs music on original instruments.
Episode 2 – “A SOLDIER’S NOTE” is available to view for free on our website by using the link below!
In the midst of the American Civil War we are introduced to Captain Robert Ellicombe in his home state of Virginia in 1862. During a terrible battle, Captain Ellicombe finds personal tragedy ….but within that personal tragedy he finds something beautiful, something that has become a symbolic piece of American history.