The King’s Highway
A film about the highway that connected the American colonies. The discovery and preservation of historic places in Philadelphia. The true origin story of America.
Key People (e.g. cast, crew, etc.):
Jason Sherman – Director
Debbie Klak – Producer / Actor
Fred Moore – Producer / Actor
Joseph Menkevich – Producer / Actor
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
Because this is a documentary about Philadelphia and it deserves to be seen at the prestigious FirstGlance festival here in Philadelphia.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes the director, Jason Sherman.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
The film’s call to action is the awareness & preservation of not only our historic buildings, but artifacts, documents, and neighborhoods overall. I hope that with this film, I can raise awareness of the history of the buildings, structures, and people who are trying to preserve them. Sadly, Philadelphia has the lowest historic preservation budget of any city in America, which is quite shocking. Hopefully we can change that.
What should viewers expect from your film?
Education about the unknown history. Inspiration from the volunteers and preservationists who have spent their lives preserving our history. Emotion from the demolitions of buildings and the lack of funding from the government.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
Over the course of filming the documentary, I found out that some historians are trying to save one of the oldest schools in America, the Lower Dublin Academy. It was part of Thomas Holme’s will to build the school. Thomas Holme was William Penn’s Surveyor General, he was the one who created Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania’s first map back in the 1680’s. So this building is very important to preserve. We submitted a nomination for historic preservation on June 22, 2016 and are expecting to have the building added to the register of historic landmarks on October 14th, 2016!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
Meeting people who appreciate my film, talking to other filmmakers, and hopefully finding an agent who wants to help distribute the film nationwide.
What day and time is your film playing at FirstGlance?
Saturday, November 12th at 3:15 PM.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
For more information on the FirstGlance Film Festival, or to buy tickets, visit their website.