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About the Film


A Film That Honors the Patriots Who Saved America’s Fight for Independence.

Our mission is to develop a timeless, enduring, and iconic motion picture that evocatively and compellingly tells the story of Saratoga in a way that rivals iconic masterpieces such as “Last of the Mohicans”, “Dances with Wolves”, “Glory”, and “Saving Private Ryan”. This film will aim to vividly depict the dramatic events and autumn grandeur that set New York’s Upper Hudson Valley ablaze in 1777.


To date, there has surprisingly not been a major motion picture or feature film that compellingly presents the fascinating story of the stirring triumph at Saratoga and its profound and enduing impact on American and world history. While iconic battles such as Bunker Hill, Lexington, Concord, Trenton, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, Midway, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Iwo Jima are well-known, Saratoga’s singular importance – as the crucial victory which helped preserve America’s bold experiment in limited government – is unfortunately less understood. The complete victory that occurred in the Upper Hudson Valley in the early autumn of 1777 is nevertheless one of the most consequential victories in world history as its significance as the decisive turning point of the American War for Independence is transcended by the fact that it also marked the beginning of the end of centuries of repressive rule by despots and tyrants around the globe. 

The Project’s Timeline

It is the clear goal of this project to bring this feature film to the widest possible viewing audience – both domestically and internationally – in line with the 250th anniversary of the victory at Saratoga on October 27, 2027. A multi-episode series is also planned. 

View the milestones of the project below, as well as our projected milestones. Or, read the full project summary by clicking the button below.


Founding of Saratoga Feature Film Project


The U.S. Congress passed legislation to create a national commission to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American War for Independence. See:


Project’s leadership meeting with History Department, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and James K. Martin, Ph.D., the 2017-18 Charles Boal Ewing Visiting Professor of Military History.


Project retained James Kirby Martin, Ph.D. and Bob Burris to oversee writing of feature film screenplay Commencement of writing of feature film screenplay. Initial draft of feature film script completed.


Completion of multiple script revisions. Screenplay completion. Commission of comprehensive script appraisal necessary for formulation of film’s budget. Production of info & sizzle reels, as well as initial website development.


Col. Kevin Weddle joins the project. Commencement of comprehensive outreach to a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the public and private sectors.


Project decisively retains 32 Mile Productions, Five Towers Media, and Justin Cerone to comprehensively overhaul project’s marketing materials, website and social media channels.


Comprehensive refresh of project’s marketing materials completed. Launch of project’s fundraising phase.


Secure endorsements from key stakeholders and accelerate fundraising campaign.


Sustained fundraising phase. Commencement of production.


Completion of fundraising phase. Production continues.


Production completed, followed by post-production marketing with the release & premier of iconic motion picture feature film on or around October 17, 2027.

Key Facts About the Project

Veteran-owned and operated project advised by the nation’s most preeminent military historians and institutions.

Screenplay written by veteran industry screenwriter and was carefully composed to be faithful to the actual history.

Movie is planned to be released in time for 250th anniversary of the Battles and Siege of Saratoga in Sept. and Oct. of 2027.
Movie is planned to be filmed on or close to the location where the actual history occurred including: the Adirondack Mountains, Champlain, Hudson, and Mohawk Valleys and Lake George including Fort Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, and the Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield) .
Movie is planned to be a major motion picture masterpiece with breathtaking cinematography that captures the autumn grandeur of the foothills of the Adirondacks and the Hudson Valley; an ethereal and inspiring soundtrack; A-List talent and a recognized and acclaimed director.  
Project will mark the first time that America’s veterans are being asked to directly support the creation of a movie focused on telling the story of the American Army’s first strategic victory that became the turning point of the American War for Independence.

Feature Film
Script Summary

By Robert Burris

An opening montage of animation, graphics, and archival material familiarizes the audience with the harsh reality that it is truly the darkest hour—the American Revolution is on the verge of collapse and the flame of liberty close to being extinguished just a year after the signing of The Declaration of Independence.

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We meet Daniel Morgan and his rugged group of riflemen, including Timothy Murphy. These able outdoorsmen are armed with a new type of weapon–the fabled Pennsylvania long rifle that is far more accurate and deadly than British muskets. Morgan exhorts his men: with their modern rifles, and revolutionary guerilla war tactics adopted from Indian warfare, they represent the best hope of turning back the invasion. Members of Congress argue over whether to promote the politically connected Horatio Gates or the daring but reckless Benedict Arnold to serve under Washington and stop Burgoyne’s advance. They acknowledge Arnold’s immense value as a fighter, but ultimately choose Gates.

As Burgoyne pushes south, he discovers the advance is not as easy as he expected. The thick forest, stifling humidity, rain, and unfamiliar terrain are enemies as well–not to mention the constant harassment of American snipers. Hungry for information, Burgoyne enlists a party of Indian allies to scout ahead–however, the mission goes horribly wrong when settler Jane McCrae, who the Indians were to escort to safety, is instead killed and scalped. Burgoyne is furious, the last thing he needs is a martyr to rally the colonists. When he berates the Indians they react by abandoning him–leaving his glacially-moving army now without valuable eyes and ears. Those closest to Burgoyne, including his mistress Gwen and his trusted commander Von Riedesel, advise holding off on the advance until adequate support and intelligence can be gathered. The haughty Burgoyne makes it clear that retreat is not an option. The Americans prepare for attack, but an explosive argument between the defensive-minded Gates and the aggressive Arnold threatens to shatter the unity of American forces. 

Even after Burgoyne receives the news that the support he is counting will not be coming, he insists on moving forward–a rout at Bennington does little to dissuade him, nor does the fact that his troops are tired and hungry.  At the same time, unbeknownst to Burgoyne, the colonists’ force has dramatically increased, inspired by the massacre of Jane McRae, the Americans finally hold numerical superiority. At Freeman’s farm, the two armies collide in a spectacular battle, driving the British back. Undeterred, Burgoyne launches a second assault. In one of the most pivotal moments in American history, American snipers take the unheard-of action of killing a British general, Benedict Arnold is a bold leader who nearly dies in the effort, the American common man rises to the occasion, and the British are delivered a stunning defeat.

As Burgoyne surrenders to Gates, he has to accept that the unthinkable has happened: his elite forces have been beaten by the “rabble” he despises, and the tide of the American Revolution has inextricably turned in favor of the colonists.

A comprehensive script appraisal and budget evaluation have been meticulously completed, catapulting our independent feature film project into the next phase of realization.



Accompanying the meticulously appraised script is a thoughtfully curated budget, totaling $125 million. This budget stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to producing a cinematic masterpiece that exceeds expectations. Every dollar will be carefully allocated to ensure the highest production values, from awe-inspiring battle sequences to the intricately detailed period sets.

Support the Project

Our crucial mission cannot be completed without your help.

We are calling on America’s Patriots & Veterans to make a donation towards this worthy project which was started more than 10 years ago.

May all of you, as Americans, never forget your heroic origins and never fail to seek divine guidance… We are forever indebted to those that have given their lives that we might be free.