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Jefferson Davis: An American President was five years in the making and is the first and definitive documentary film on the entire life of patriot and president, Jefferson Davis.

Across three beautifully shot and edited episodes, the full spectrum of Davis' life comes into full view: from his frontier youth, to his loyal service to the United States as military officer, congressman, secretary of war, and two-term senator from the state of Mississippi; to his rise and fall as Confederate President; through his unlawful two year imprisonment after the Civil War; and finally covering his 25 years as a man struggling to find a country in the face of all that was lost.

Jefferson Davis' life spanned the 19th Century and he was one of the pivotal figures that shaped the United States of America. His life was heroic and tragic and at all times, epic.

This project not only covers Davis' public life, but also delves deeply into his private and family life. Though his own words, from letters and speeches, to expert analysis by leading Davis scholars, the film offers keen insight into the mind behind the man.

Working in concert with the Papers of Jefferson Davis, and other primary sources, the documentary was meticulously researched and top Davis scholars from across the country were interviewed both on and off camera for the project.

The filmmakers had exclusive access to the extant locations from Davis' life including:

The production was headed by award winning writer, producer, director and editor, Brian Gary. It was conceived and funded by Percival Beacroft, Executive Producer and Chairman of Rosemont Pictures Inc.


Credits Executive Producer
Percival Beacroft

Produced, Directed, and Edited by
Brian Gary

Producer
Wendi Berman

Written by
Wendi Berman & Brian Gary

Cinematography

Brett Smith & Brian Gary

Co-Producer
Troy Beacroft

Original Score and Arrangements
Ned Albright
Interviewees William B. Allen
(Historian, Office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol)

Richard Baker, Ph.D
(Historian of the U.S. Senate)

William J. Cooper, Ph.D
(LSU, author: Jefferson Davis, American)

Lynda Crist, Ph.D
(Editor of the Papers of Jefferson Davis)

William C. "Jack" Davis
(Historian, author: Jefferson Davis, the Man and His Hour)

Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Ph.D
(Professor of Economics, Loyola College in Maryland)

Mary Dix
(Former Editor of the Papers of Jefferson Davis)

Edward Eckert, Ph.D
(St. Bonaventure University, author: Fiction Distorting Fact, the Prison Life of Jefferson Davis)

Edward C. Smith
(Professor of American History at American University)

Frank Vandiver, Ph.D
(1925 - 2005, Historian and President Emeritus of Texas A&M)

Gerald McRaney
(Deadwood, Major Dad, Simon and Simon) narrates the documentary

Alan Rachins
(Dharma and Greg, CSI, L.A. Law) is the voice of Jefferson Davis.